Where did September go?
No idea what happened to September, but we have somehow landed in October. The month when we truly know that summer has ended, and we now have rain, gale force winds and darker evenings to look forward to. But there are ways to make the month seem a lot better and more enjoyable.
By the way, if you’ve ever wondered what the term ‘pinch, punch’ comes from, wonder no more. It’s an Old English term that banished witches. A ‘pinch’ of salt weakens the witch, and a ‘punch’ would banish them completely. This would be done saying the words, ‘pinch, punch first of the month.’ It was a way of welcoming the new month and protecting oneself from bad luck.
Anyway, what do we have to look forward to in October?
Autumn is a very special season, particularly if you love nature. Brisk walks in the crisp air, taking in the red and golden leaves of the shedding trees, hearing the crunch of the fallen leaves under your feet. There’s just something special about the turn of summer in autumn.
We will be sharing some of our autumn images on our Instagram page as we go out and about to capture the season in its full glory.
And let’s not forget the hot chocolate when you get home to warm you up, as you fire up the central heating for the first time since May.
This is very much a northern thing, but the Blackpool Illuminations is one of the highlights of the month. Although they start at the beginning of September, there’s something special about visiting in October, or maybe that’s just me. The autumn chill combines with the cool sea air to make the sitting in long queues of traffic a bit more bearable.
And this year in October, there’s an added treat as the World Fireworks Championships take place. On the 9th October, Germany show what they can do, while on the 23rd of the month, it is the Celebratory display and winners announcement. The event is free, so if you’re planning a visit, make sure you arrive in plenty of time as the promenade gets very busy.
Clocks Going Back
If October is good for one thing, it’s getting back that hour we lost in March, and this year, BST officially ends on 31st October at 2am.
But why do the clocks go back and forth twice in the year? The official title is ‘Daylight Saving Hours’ and tries to encourage people to take advantage of and make better use of the longer days during the summer.
The concept was initially proposed by American inventor Benjamin Franklin as far back as 1784. Franklin proposed using sunshine, rather than candles that would save money. However he is often wrongly credited with inventing daylight saving time – he only proposed a change in sleep schedules, not time itself.
Recent years have revealed that Coldplay singer Chris Martin’s great-great-grandfather, William Willett, had suggested it in the UK as recently as 1907. The UK introduced the change in 1916, 105 years ago. Mr Willett, sadly, never saw the change as he died a year earlier.
And did you know that Germany was the first country to enact daylight saving time? They embraced the change in April 1916, just week before the UK adopted British Summer Time.
You can find out more facts, and myths, by clicking here.
I’ll most likely be spending my extra hour in bed, or if the weather is good, outside tidying the garden. How will you be spending yours?
It’s supposed to be the scariest time of the year. Actually, in my opinion, that’s probably January when you cry as you look at your bank account, while using your credit card bill to wipe away the tears. October sees the end of month festival of Halloween, or All Hallows Eve to give its proper title.
Prior to the introduction of Christianity, Halloween used to be a Celtic festival known as Samhain. This was the end of summer, and the onset of dark, cold nights and winter. The Celts believed that ghosts of the dead would visit the mortal world, so bonfires were lit to ward off any evil spirits. You can find out more about the origins of Halloween here.
It is said that at midnight on Halloween, the veil between the living and dead plains is at its thinnest, and it is easier for spirits to pass between the two. As long as the spirit that comes to my house is a single malt whiskey, I don’t mind.
How will you be spending your Halloween? Giving out sweets as the Trick or Treaters arrive in their droves, or turning all the lights off and pretending you’re not home?
October has some wonderful awareness campaigns, and we’ll be researching some of them and posting articles throughout the month. Amongst the days this month are:
- World Space Week
- World Mental Health Day – 10th October
- World Food Day – 16th October
- International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – 17th October
- World Cities Day – 31st October
Amongst other, lesser-known days, we have:
- World Octopus Day – 8th October
- National Cheese Toastie Day – 27th October (UK only)
September has gone, October is here, and we’ve waved goodbye to summer for seven months. Get ready to curl up on the sofa, TV on and hot chocolate in hand.
Have a great and successful month.
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