False Autumn

28 Aug 2022
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If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you may be noticing that Autumn has come early. Except it hasn’t. What we’re seeing with the premature turning and loss of leaves is what is called, “False Autumn. I am told it is the trees and plants manifesting a stress response to the unusually fierce conditions we’ve been facing (I speak for the UK, though I suspect this is true in many other nations.) As the rains begin again, we are likely to see “Second Spring” with a burst of new growth before the official and astronomical start of “True Autumn.”

The UK, in alignment with many other countries, is facing ‘interesting’ times where it will be tempting to model the way the trees conserve resources. It will be logical to tighten our belts and to cut our spending and to live frugally – to drop our leaves. But some of the trees have another message for us. Take those Oak trees that are well established and have space to grow to their full potential. Most of these have remained very green even through the driest periods of this glorious Summer.

Oak trees have leaves well adapted to conserving water, but their deepest secret lies beneath the visible surface. The secret is in their deep roots. Their roots go down to where refreshment still exists even in times of drought.

When you read this, we will just have had the New Moon. The New Moon is a time of renewal and hope. Let’s take this as all the excuse we need to look to the future with hope and positive expectation, and to examine or re-examine our roots. Our roots are those whom we are connected to – like our friends here at Moodscope, and our family in the world, our neighbours, and our communities. Our roots are what we truly believe in, and deeply value. Our roots are what refresh and nourish us.

If we were to focus on our outside circumstances we would become distracted from the truth. The truth is that good fruits come from good roots. The roots are where we would do best to focus our energy and attention. Let’s strengthen some relationships this week. Let’s re-examine what’s important to us… deep, deep down. And let’s stay true to ourselves.

I wish you a fruitful week in which False Autumn may yet become a sign of hope.

Lex

A Moodscope member.

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Huw

Aug. 29, 2022, 5:27 a.m.

Hi Lex. I think this a great analogy. It takes time and energy to bear fruit. It cannot be rushed and is achieved in accordance with nature. I wish you a fruitful week also. Huw

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Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 5:56 p.m.

Thank you, Huw. It is such an encouraging analogy. These temporary adverse conditions will pass, and, with the time you mention, fruit will come. Wishing you a fruitful week too - that's a rather lovely wish you've shared. Lex

Isabella

Aug. 29, 2022, 6 a.m.

Hi Lex, I really like the idea that strength comes from good roots. I’ve always loved the Oak tree and all it’s stories. The Tree of Life has a lot of wisdom to offer us - whatever culture or beliefs we have. I just love trees! x

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Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 5:57 p.m.

I'm with you, Isabella. Our local Oaks are doing so well, and the acorn harvest looks like it will be an abundant one. Lx

the room above the garage

Aug. 29, 2022, 6:19 a.m.

Hello Lex, your voice lovely and calm in times of uncertainty. Thank you :-)

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Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 6:53 p.m.

Your kind words gave me a warm feeling, Ratg, thank you. Lx

Liz

Aug. 29, 2022, 6:32 a.m.

Hi lovely Lex, your beautiful blog is already strengthening roots as we take in and drink deep your wonderful words. Thank you for this. I already feel more positive. Hugs from the Highlands x

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Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 6:54 p.m.

Thank you lovely Liz! I'm loving your aliteration and especially hugs from the Highlands x

Sally

Aug. 29, 2022, 6:37 a.m.

Grounding us is good, Lex. Rather than focusing just on outside woes , which are grim enough, let’s at least enjoy and appreciate what we have got, built up over many years. Retying old friendships is something I’ve actually given up on after trying : I’ve not had the same will or effort back. I am philosophical because I make friends easily and nurture those I have, spread out here or abroad as they are. Trees, ah, where would we be without them! I love seeing the changes during the year, and have appreciated their shade this summer.

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Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 6:57 p.m.

Perhaps friendships are like trees, Sally. Some grow fast but do not last; others take forever to nurture but stay ever after. I think we begin to recognise in our hearts the ones that are with us for the long haul. Thank you for your words of wisdom.

Teg

Aug. 29, 2022, 6:52 a.m.

Good Morning Lex A lovely piece of writing. I think you have got to the root of the problem! Yes, we can learn a lot from nature. Many plants make the most of their surroundings and so should we. We must always endeavour to live in harmony with all plant life. It has some much to give us so we must savour it. We have many huge trees not far away in some parkland. I enthuse about their changes throughout the seasons. There are different ways of surviving. Some change colour many times in the annual cycle, others don't appear to change a lot. And they all survive because of their deep roots. Another Monday morning delight, Lex. Thank you. Txx

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Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 7:07 p.m.

Thank you Teg for your wisdom blended with humour - a Moodscope Monday Tonic. "Many plants make the most of their surroundings and so should we..." 'spoke' to me. I am sincerely seeking to make the most of those 'moments of truth' in time - especially when defined by others. The children (4 and 2 years old) on the beach today wanted little more than to build piles of sand and then destroy them. To enter into their moments is a new discipline for me (after all, there are so many other 'important' matters to attend to), yet to attend to what they value as important is a great lesson and experience. Lxx

Teg

Aug. 30, 2022, 6:34 a.m.

Thanks Lex. A wonderful example of "Mindfulness" at its best. It's marvellous how youngsters can find it without consciously trying! Txx

Jul

Aug. 29, 2022, 7:16 a.m.

Good morning Lex. What a wonderful piece of writing. I honestly marvel at the quality of writing of Moodscopers, not just the quality but the subjects and the ability to help us each day. I am delighted to hear Autumn hasn't begun just yet, as much as I like Autumn. I have loved the long hot days of Summer and had begun to feel a sense of dread at the thought of the cold winter months. Your blog has given me hope (and the scientific facts!) that I can enjoy the summer for a little while longer. Where we come from, our heritage, our roots are fundamental to our outlook on life. When I have a dilemma or doubted myself I always think about my mother and what she would have said to me. She supported me 100%. In a simple way. No deep analysis of my character but from a basic overall love. You have made me think of my roots Lex. Solid memories which when I think about it , like now, I realise give me strength and support. A super blog, one which I totally connect with. Jul xx

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Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 29, 2022, 7:26 a.m.

And it’s not just the blog writers who write so well, dear Jul, you have written beautifully here and are always so caring with your responses. I’m glad you keep your lovely mother’s responses and her love, close to your heart and mind. Love Bear x x x

Teg

Aug. 29, 2022, 8:13 a.m.

Hi All I agree Mrs Bear. Txx

Jul

Aug. 29, 2022, 8:24 a.m.

Oh you are so lovely both of you. I can't tell you how supported your words have made me feel. A big thank you. Jul xx

Sally

Aug. 29, 2022, 8:48 a.m.

Bear has written what I was feeling about your considered response, Jul. And well.

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 29, 2022, 9:36 a.m.

Ah lovely people - we all need support and we get it by the spadeful here - I’ve received it on so many occasions and even got it now from Teg, Sally and you Jul - and it was unexpected but gratefully received x x x

The Gardener

Aug. 29, 2022, 9:57 a.m.

Echo the others Jul - I have absolute miseries today - very hot again, I have no energy, forced myself to water everything = terrace, window-sills, pots, terrace grave - some weeks to enjoy flowers still. I have never been distressed by heat till this year. Cleft stick, my joy in providing flowers for the town's enjoyment and the effort to keep them going.

Jul

Aug. 29, 2022, 10:39 a.m.

Thank you Sally. Your lovely supportive comment and Bear's, Gardeners and Teg's have come at a good time as I had a dreadful night's sleep last night. I have been taking Zopiclone on and off and last night decided not to take one. I have had three bad nights in between taking one and think it must be rebound effects. Anyway what I'm really saying is I am surprised I managed to write something that made sense which just goes to show we are actually Ok even when we feel at our worst! A very grateful Jul xx

Valerie

Aug. 29, 2022, 2:35 p.m.

Sending love and hugs Jul,hope your nervous system gets back into sync.soon,***

Jul

Aug. 29, 2022, 3:17 p.m.

*** Thank you Val. I hope you are ok? ***

Valerie

Aug. 29, 2022, 4:29 p.m.

Much better since the heat wave went Jul.***

Jul

Aug. 29, 2022, 4:46 p.m.

Good. The temps are ideal now. ***

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 29, 2022, 6:59 p.m.

Oh Jul, poor you - that’s awful having little or no sleep, I know and understand completely. You were very coherent so no one would have known you were running on empty! Hoping you get a better night’s sleep tonight - especially now the heavy heat has calmed down. Just been to a yoga class and had a shower, went into the bedroom and it’s come down to 19.2 for the first time in months!! So pleased, I hope to get a better night too ;-)* x x x

Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 7:11 p.m.

I bet you're feeling showered with love, Jules - it's been a joy to read your comment and the responses it has so warmly and supportively encouraged. I hope you have a good night's sleep tonight, and with comments like these, I think you'll have sweet dreams too. Lxx

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 29, 2022, 7:24 a.m.

What a beautifully written blog Lex. Must have taken ages with much thought gone into it - thank you. To live frugally…already doing that - preparing for the coming autumn/winter/spring chillier weather…full load of logs delivered so I thank the trees that had to be cut (they are from a sustainable source in a park) hopefully their bounty will keep our liddle cottage warm and we won’t have to use the gas and electricity so much, especially as we’ve an idea that our bills will go up by almost 120% in December!! I have always loved trees, from the smallest that I hid under as a child in my parents’ front garden, to the huge red woods in a woods near our old home. Very grateful for the shade they brought in the heat this summer and for the colours the many different trees gives us throughout the year. Even in deepest winter when the deciduous have lost their beautiful leaves, I love seeing the outline against a stunning sky or covered in frost with spider’s webs glistening in the morning dew. The bark, not always seen so much during spring and summer, comes into it’s own and I love to touch the bark: the showy silver birch, the rugged oaks, elms, the smooth pale bark of the hornbeam, the stunning deep red of one of the cherries - so many to choose to tell you, but I can’t think of their names! I have three acers in my garden - sadly they are all looking dejected (and neglected - but they aren’t!) and their crunchy leaves are dropping, having changed colour already. I do hope they survive. I love acers - I must research what I can still do for them and other plants that have struggled so much this summer. I must also keep in mind the roots I have spread throughout my life and keep in touch with those I care about so they feel as loved and cared for as the trees in the garden. Thank you again Lex. Love and Bear hugs x x x

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Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 4:45 p.m.

What a lovely description of your trees, Bear! If it's bark-rubbing that makes you smile, I do hope you get to stroke the copper-like silky-smooth bark of Prunus Serrula Tibetica: https://flic.kr/p/9LE6s5 It takes me back to school where we smoothed plasticine on the formica desk tops and then put it to our lips to feel the smoothness! Memories are such good roots too! Lxxx

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 29, 2022, 7 p.m.

Oh yes - love memories of some of the fun things we did at school! Love Bear x x x

Vivien

Aug. 29, 2022, 8:12 a.m.

Hi Lex, Good blog as always. Yes, we are all having to 'change' our way about things. Some of it is for the good, some not so good. I welcome the change of seasons. It does make me think about life and how it is treating all of us. I like the autumn colours that are already appearing. I went for an early morning walk today (0700!) and welcomed the opportunity to appreciate the colours and how they blend in and make my part of Hampshire look good. It makes me feel, I don't know, I suppose, comfortable but also warm. It gives me an opportunity to reflect on what has been and what may be in the coming days, weeks and months. New beginnings, the children returning to or starting school. How will their lives pan out?? As always, a thought provoking blog Lex. Thanks xx

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Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 5:38 p.m.

What lovely reflections, Vivien. We had family for years in Droxford - and I really love the Meon Valley. All seasons bring their own thoughts and counsel and lessons, don't they? Here's to New Beginnings and good lessons learned, and to roots and fruits and then new shoots! Lxx

Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 8:15 a.m.

Good morning, Moodscopers! Thank you for all your kind and insightful comments. The beach, my youngest son, and his daughter are calling... so I'll respond to each comment later if I may. Time to strengthen some of my roots! Lx

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Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 29, 2022, 9:38 a.m.

How wonderful Lex! Give us no more thought til you are home and full of the joys of a granddaughter, son and have sand in between your toes! Enjoy your day! Love and Bear hugs x x x

The Gardener

Aug. 29, 2022, 10:07 a.m.

Envy making Lex, love your area, have a super day.

Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 5:36 p.m.

It was a splendid day, thank you Bear and Gardener... I love the joy children have (we had a 4 and 2 year old with us) in playing with sand and jumping waves. Rather good weather for a Bank Holiday x x x

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 29, 2022, 7:01 p.m.

Perfect! Just perfect! Bear xx

Orangeblossom

Aug. 29, 2022, 9:10 a.m.

Hi Lex, thanks for your great upbeat blog which uplifted me when I was feeling disgruntled & discombobulated. A wonderful reminder of the power of nature to revive any failing spirits.

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Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

Hi Orangeblossom... yes, Nature holds so much hope and replenishment for us! As for "disgruntled & discombobulated" - sounds like this should be a line from a song! Maybe we add "disconcerted" to the rhythm. I know Nature returns us to balance and truly revives!

The Gardener

Aug. 29, 2022, 10:05 a.m.

Lex, love your analogy, but adding to my 'angst' (not against you). Met a super Brazilian, from the Atlantic forests. A Swedish company,finding trees grow very quickly in that climate, introduced eucalyptus (not indigenous) because they would produce pulp for paper within 7 years. They are the greediest of trees and put down deep roots (like the oaks) but deprive other trees of water now management of forests is so awful. Horse chestnuts are the first trees to manifest the 'false autumn'. I wonder if the famous 'fall; will occur in Virginia, there are package tours just to see the phenomenon, leaves might just fall without colouring. When I have had a sandwich, glass of red, played Solitaire I will try and make a list to chase the blues away. Such an anti-climax back from the wedding.

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Jul

Aug. 29, 2022, 10:54 a.m.

Gardener. Do you have UK TV? There's a fascinating programme on Channel 4 called "Help We've bought a Village" It's all about plucky Brits who are rescuing abandoned villages in France , Portugal, Italy and Spain, mainly France. In one episode one of them was hacking down Eucalyptus trees for the reasons you write about. I am sure your blues will pass; you've had a lot to contend with this past year. Anyone of any age would feel like you do. It's perfectly normal. Jul xx

Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 5:26 p.m.

Hi Gardener and Jules... isn't is fascinating what happens when we introduce plants and trees that are not indigenous? I know we do this with animals too, to the detriment of the local ecosystems. It is we are slow learners as a society. May your blues pass rapidly, dear Gardener.

Valerie

Aug. 29, 2022, 2:36 p.m.

How lovely Lex,you have struck a chord with so many of us today.Just what the doctor ordered for me,bless you.***

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Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 4:38 p.m.

Thanks, Valerie. There's hope! Bless you too ***

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 29, 2022, 7:03 p.m.

Hope you’re feeling better Val - so pleased it’s cooled down a bit! Bear xx

Patty

Aug. 29, 2022, 3:15 p.m.

Speaking of trees, I love them, especially flowering trees. I had dogwoods, cherry, crabapple flowering trees that I planted on my property of our house we are selling. I will miss them but have many wonderful plants and blooming things at our new home. I do love all trees though, Maples, Oak, although they do not bloom, their fall colors and regular colors are just beautiful. They feel like our caretakers and that they could envelope us in their massiveness.

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Lex

Aug. 29, 2022, 4:12 p.m.

I agree, Patty. I wonder what tree you feel most drawn to (if any, of course, because you have many favourites!) I love Poplars because of the sound and movement of their leaves. It is as if they are talking. Trees are indeed our caretakers and offer us such wisdom. I go out of my way to travel down two Beech Avenues near us. They seem to envelope me in their massiveness, as you so poetically describe the experience. Moor Crichel: https://flic.kr/p/2mKkhCX Nr Badbury Rings: https://flic.kr/p/rfSc6j

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