Seasonal arrangement – now by that I mean arranging the seasons, rather than dashing out and buying mistletoe etc. For a while now I have felt that my life could be organised better. For too long I have lived each year in three terms with a long holiday in the summer to renew the batteries – except that each year that holiday has become more and more eaten into.
So this autumn I put my foot down, so to speak, and began to sort my life into 4 seasons. I sat down with a large piece of paper and drew out what my life would look like under this new regime. And thus I arrived at the 4 season year.
Now, I know this isn’t rocket science and I have a feeling that Someone might have thought of this ahead of me, but… here goes.
Autumn = September, October and November. It includes the warm fragile days of St Martin’s little summer and ends in the foggy chill of November. In between I discover the delights of apple pie, blackberrying and putting on the extra duvet.
Then Winter = December (incl Christmas), January cold, February bleakness ansd yippee – it’s over!
Spring starts on March 1st – albeit cold and nasty – but full of seed catalogues! April (Easter) May – longer evenings and spring walks and then… yes, it’ll be summer! Summer is June (strawberries) July (seaside) and August – relax a bit… and then back to Autumn again. How can one suffer from SAD in winter if it is over in the 8 weeks after Christmas? How can one become exhausted by life if one tries to make a balance in each season? (PLEASE don’t write in with lists of garden chores!)
So, each 3 months should be a mixture of work, play, achievement and chilling out – and because it’s only about 12 weeks one can work out how one is doing at any point.
I did a September audit at the weekend and reckon that I am behind on some things and ahead on others. It’s been a very busy month, so high on the list for the next 4 weeks is Make Time for Yourself.
The garden is snapping at my heels, but the voluntary work is also shouting loudly. Creativity is a bit on the low side and (yes all you friends who keep asking about the book) I am still not getting on with the writing. However, the attic is sorted and some of the other cupboards are not as embarassing as they were. The 4 day literary escapade (I’ll tell you more about it some time) was delightful fun. The clear-up afterwards made for another lot of lists – especially as it was followed closely by a charity breakfast on the front drive!
As for the dead rat in the log pile – most of it has gone (thanks to OV) but not all (also thanks to OV). You can’t have everything.
If there is anyone else out there who fancies having a go at living seasonally, then I’d love to hear how it works for you.
As for me, I’m into the 2nd third of my Autumn tomorrow, so watch me with the apples!