Friday 24 March 2017

I'm falling for the ample charms of autumn

'Contemplating such cosmic questions and meditating on the meaning of it all - arguably not only a good use of our limited time on Earth but possibly the point of it - is also something that autumn encourages, as the days drawing in likewise draw us towards the stove.' Photo: Reuters
'Contemplating such cosmic questions and meditating on the meaning of it all - arguably not only a good use of our limited time on Earth but possibly the point of it - is also something that autumn encourages, as the days drawing in likewise draw us towards the stove.' Photo: Reuters

Fiona O'Connell

It's funny how officially we all love summer, what with its obvious upsides of sunshine and long days. Yet it's almost as if we feel obliged to do so because to feel otherwise would seem somehow odd or even ungrateful. But while we complain about the cold and rain, scratch the surface of many Paddies - though preferably not after a roasting during that sweltering season - and they will admit, albeit in guilty tones, that actually they prefer autumn.

Why wouldn't they? It's not just our pale skin but also our disposition that means we have a low tolerance for humidity and high temperatures.

Plus our autumn weather is often mild and even warm, even when wet or windy. There are also blue skies and bright sunshine, though without the hassle of intense heat.

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