It seems that a lot of people are mourning the loss of summer right now. I’ve never been a fan of the excessive heat and humidity, but I can understand the reluctance to let go of activities we traditionally associate with warm weather. So rather than packing away your gear with a heavy heart, why not find ways of extending your favorite hobbies into the colder months?
For example, even though you may be scrambling to collect the last of your harvest right now, your gardening days don’t have to be over when you run out of zucchini.
Fallscaping: Extending Your Garden Season Into Autumn by Nancy Ondra
A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons by Philip Harnden.
Speaking of which, those of us who enjoy cooking (and eating!) local, seasonal foods have been looking forward to that harvest. In addition, dropping temperatures signal the return of baking season.
The Taste of the Season: Inspired Recipes for Fall and Winter by Diane Worthington
Autumn: From the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch
And people who love the outdoors know there’s no reason to head inside yet. Hiking, birdwatching, and many other activities can become fresh again with the change of seasons. (In fact, depending on your sport, the ability to wear more protective gear and clothing can be a plus!)
Fall Color and Woodland Harvests: a Guide to the More Colorful Fall Leaves and Fruits of the Eastern Forests by C. Ritchie Bell
The Bumper Book of Nature: A User’s Guide to the Outdoors by Stephen Moss
Backyard Bird Secrets for Every Season: Attract a Variety of Nesting, Feeding, and Singing Birds Year-Round by Sally Roth.
So even though summer’s days are numbered, autumn gives us plenty to celebrate.