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An autumnal feel


However, there are two dates which could be said to mark the start of autumn. One is defined by the Earth’s axis and orbit around the Sun and the second is a fixed date which is used by meteorologists for handy spacing and lengths of the seasons.

Usually when we talk about the first day of autumn we are referring to the astronomical autumn which is defined by the Earth’s axis and orbit around the sun. By that calculation autumn started today and will end on the 22 December.

The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. Both equinoxes and solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

Meteorological seasons mean splitting the seasons into four periods of three months each. These seasons make it easier for meteorological observations and forecasting. In this system, the first day of autumn is always the 1 September.

The seasons are spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), autumn (September, October, November) and winter (December, January, February).

Anyway, it’s certainly time for some warming and comforting meals. Might we recommend our African Palava one-pot meal, a delicious mix of brown beans, free range chicken peanuts, sweet potatoes and spinach? Enjoy the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…