Celebrating the Autumn Equinox in Australia
Here at TMG, we’ve been celebrating Equinox Week in anticipation of the big day tomorrow. The Northern Hemisphere will experience the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, while those living in the Southern Hemisphere will mark the Autumnal Equinox. Today, Gwyn Beasley, author of several nature books for children based on her family's experiences, kindly shares with us how her family enjoys the transition from Summer to Autumn in Australia.
The Autumn Equinox is our lowest key seasonal celebration of the year which is why it is perhaps my favourite! Where we live, there has only been a slight shift in the weather from that of summer. Leaves haven’t turned, so we can’t indulge in autumn leaf crafts yet, so we celebrate the Autumn Equinox with a walk and a talk.
To our ancestors, the Autumn Equinox was a time to give thanks for the bountiful harvest of summer. We aren’t vegetable farmers yet, so as we walk, we typically talk about the aspects of summer that we are most grateful for. Like the patches of sunlight that light our path, and the ample rain that has our waterfall running.
We notice that we are seeing less of our favourite reptiles and as we walk, we always talk about whether they hibernate, or how long it takes them to warm up in cooler weather.
If we find evidence of where a bandicoot has used its snout to burrow for food alongside our track, we wonder whether they will find more or less food for as the plant life changes with the weather.
We always end our walks with a check on the spiny blue crayfish which breed in Autumn. This year, we hope to witness them carrying their young on their backs.
And as we return from our walk and talk, I usually think to myself that the best thing about Autumn is that my children sleep in a little later each morning. As we return from our walk and talk, my children think aloud that the best thing about Autumn is the Easter eggs!
~ Gwyn Beasley, guest contributor