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I don’t suppose there is an opposite to spring cleaning, nor I guess does there have to be; it would hardly be along the lines of autumn messing would it?
There is, I think, something really magical about this time of year, and I’m not talking about the magic of warm summer sun or pristine winter snow, I’m talking proper ‘Gobbledygooks’ – other-worldly stuff. Sure, Halloween, or ‘Samhain’, triggers some of those feelings but the acknowledgement by the Druids of this point of the annual cycle isn’t just random; it is described as the time of year when the veil between this world and the next is thinnest. Now the hour has gone back, the nights are getting longer and it’s a great time of year to start getting stuck in.
I know there are plenty of us around West Cork that love gardening, find it therapeutic and invigorating, but I for one don’t bemoan the back of the grass cutting cycle (domestic I mean, not hay/silage), thinking of which maybe I need to get me a Donkey, but it is a great time of year to get stuck in. Seriously, you can get a head start on the new year’s resolutions, which has got to be the worst possible start to any year, particularly as things are tough enough in the depths of winter, two hours of daylight, burst pipes and nothing to look forward to…why don’t we resolve to deny ourselves some pleasure and just make our lives complete? Bad idea, and usually ends in failure!
So now is a good time to get started and get a head start on whatever that thing is that you may want to do to fill a nagging void in your life and make yourself a better person. It’s a great time of year to start baking if you are so inclined, it helps warm the house and fill it with that ‘loved in’ smell. Or you may be more inclined to take up yoga or some other fitness regime – a winter activity to circulate the blood and stimulate the mind.
It’s also a great time of year to indulge your dormant inner musician. As I said the long days of spring and summertime are better suited to some outdoor activities, from kayaking to weeding, but you don’t want to fall into the docile habit of too much time on the couch now, or you’ll hit the New Year full of loathing and shortlived resolve.
Taking up an instrument at this time of year is a great way to expand your skill sets, and maybe find something out about yourself that you never knew. It will wake up parts of your brain that you may not have used since you were last at school and the satisfaction can be immense. Choose an instrument for yourself, find a teacher or class and set aside some time in the evenings at home during the week, and you could reach the end of the year with no resolutions to make, your life as perfect as you could hope it to be, no autumn messing to clean up after.