Autumn Equinox

Until 1753 Great Britain celebrated the New Year on March 25 – just after the Spring Equinox of the Northern hemisphere.

Equinoxes are the midpoint between solstices, when day and night are equal. In Sydney, we have just had the Autumn equinox, and so now the days will shorten and the nights will lengthen, until the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year. And at that point the wheel of the year will turn once more towards spring; thus the celebration of New Year in the northern world on March 25.

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It’s easy to celebrate Spring, but what about Autumn and the long journey ahead through Winter?  It might help to quote H.G Wells at this point.

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle.”

Nice, and easy to think on Good Friday of the Easter long weekend, miles away from the diary and the office. As I write I am sitting on a beautiful stretch of beach on the NSW South Coast. Actually I lie; I’m at my dining room table in my flat. People stretched on beaches don’t need to write blogs I’ve found.

So the point is, that as Sydney emptied yesterday, as I watched the four wheel drives, loaded with camping gear, head south, north, west, I felt a little, well, empty. Why wasn’t I going somewhere? It was hot and sticky, I could do with a swim, and a weekend away. Instead I was going to spend the weekend, apart from a food filled family feast on Easter Sunday, rehearsing, producing, publicising, doing the myriad minutea of things required to put on a theatre production. Not quite the endless summer, land of the long weekend that was in the zeitgeist.

And then this morning I woke up. And things were different. A subtle shift had occurred. Overnight it had become Autumn. There was a chill in the air and all I wanted was a warm pair of jeans and an apple crumble.

DSCF3269-1And so to Autumn!

To shorter days and the end of daylight saving; to cardigans coming out of the cupboard; to soups and baked dinners and red wine. And to work. Good, solid, satisfying work that keeps you warm and filled with wonder at the mystery of it all.

Happy Easter!

About sagesomethymes

Daniela is a writer, theatre producer and civic educator. She has had poetry and short stories published in 'Prayers of a Secular World', Inkerman & Blunt; 'Blue Crow Magazine', Blue Crow Press; 'Knitting and other stories', Margaret River Press and Radio National’s '360 documentaries'. Her debut play, 'Talc', was produced in 2010. Her short play, 'Sicilian Biscotti', was produced for the launch of “Women Power and Culture” at New Theatre in 2011 and shortlisted for the Lane Cove Literary Award in 2015. Her second full length play, 'Friday', was produced by SITCO at the Old Fitzroy Theatre in 2013. 'The Poor Kitchen' was produced in 2016 as part of the Old 505 Theatre’s Fresh Works Season and was published by the Australian Script Centre in 2017 (https://australianplays.org/script/ASC-1836). She co-wrote 'Shut Up And Drive' with Paul Gilchrist and it was produced at KXT in 2016. In 2019, her new play, 'Seed Bomb' will be produced at Old 505 Theatre as part of the FreshWorks Season. She is the co-founder of indie theatre company subtlenuance (www.subtlenuance.com) Her published short stories can be read via the Short Stories tab on this blog.
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1 Response to Autumn Equinox

  1. Gina F says:

    I’ve no doubt that Sunday lunch will be delicious, plus the bonus of catching up with everyone. Who needs to be on the road, driving to some distant destination, when double demerit points are in place, over this long weekend? Not me! So don’t feel bad that you’re not packing up the 4WD (umm, even if you don’t have one). Think of it this way, you’ll be by far a more relaxed individual over this long w/end than all those people in their 4WDs stressing to get “there” and stressing to get “back.” Gee that must be fun hey? Not. Happy Easter!

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