It's time to feel the cosy embrace of autumn
The change of the seasons was that bit harder this year, but now it's time to settle into the darkness, writes Brendan O'Connor
I went to the lake last week. It's not something we tend to do in Ireland. The sea is all around us, so we go there. But actually it was nice to kick off the autumn at the lake. It was raining when we got there but we jumped in the lake anyway.
The part of Lough Ree on which Wineport sits was wonderfully fresh and clean. It was actually a pleasure to accidentally swallow a mouthful. And it had that great peatiness that lakes can have. We stayed in a bit too long but we fixed it quick with hot port and an outdoor hot-tub session. Then we drank golden beer and red wine, and ate lots of meat and root vegetables.
In the morning we opened the curtain to find the lake outside transformed. It was one of those incredible bright, clear, sharp autumn days. And there was a painting outside the window: greeny red reeds, the glassy surface of the lake, grey in the sharp autumn light, a guy slowly swimming the length of this section of the lake, his mate chugging along in a boat next to him.