Sure, daylight disappears close to suppertime. And mornings, you have to scrape off all those frozen crystals from your car’s windshield.
But there’s lots of fantastic reasons to love fall in southern Nova Scotia and these are mine.
- Crunchy leaves. From the fiery maple to the yellow oak, they make a fragrant carpet. Ditto if you can smell woodsmoke from someone’s chimney.
- Woodsmoke from someone’s chimney. Makes me feel cozy already. Nothing beats heat from wood.
- Pumpkin. Pie it, carve it, or leave it on your doorstep for decoration. In gourd we trust.
- Apples. Because we’re so close to the Annapolis Valley, we have access to many varieties of apple. Honeycrisp, Cortland, Cox Pippin, Russet. There’s an apple for every taste. Best part: you can buy a whole bag of seconds (e.g slightly flawed) for four bucks.
- The harvest. There’s something about all those apples, pumpkins, corn stalks, Indian corn, peppers, onions, carrots. Harvest is a time of plenty. And a time when you can go to a farm market and score four bags of produce for twenty bucks.
- Fresh sauerkraut. No, not the store-bought stuff. The homegrown stuff. Made from fresh cabbage.
- New beginnings. Spring is the traditional fresh start time of the year, but I’ve always found the return to school and university the true new year that inspires me to buy new clothes and try novel things.
- Hoodies. I love it in the hood! Cotton or wool, it’s all good.
- Weddings. I’m beginning to think fall trumps spring for the best time of year to have a wedding. With its fresh weather, it’s the perfect time to wear all that finery which is too heavy to wear in June. The only risk is rain and hurricanes.
- Hurricanes. Okay, I shouldn’t really like hurricanes. But they are one of the few weather phenomena that puts us in the slightest bit of danger, and they make the waves really cool on the beaches. I should be locked up for this one. Sigh.
- Slippery driving. Okay. Again, this makes me a freak. But there’s something about facing Old Man Winter from behind the wheel of a car. It’s just you. And him. It’s how you find out what you’re made of.
- Egg nog. Yes a holiday staple, but it comes out in October. Get in all the nog days you can.
- Turnip. Lame I know. But mashed with a bit of brown sugar, it’s divine. And full of fibre! Always sweeter after the first frost.
- Watching new shows in the evening with a blankie. New shows, cozy blankies. Nothing better, I tells ya!
- Shopping. All the stock is coming in for Christmas, the last of the summer stuff is on sale… it is a time of plenty for consumers.
- Halloween. Candy. Dressing up. Need I say more?
- And finally… the first snow fall. It’s not muddy like spring snow. And it’s not hard. Not crusty. It’s just pure and white and beautiful. Hard not to feel a little glad about those flakes flying across a streetlight’s bright beam.
So there you have it. The reasons I adore fall even though it’s the lead up to the inevitable winter chill. Vive fall on the South Shore.