OPINION: Fresh season a thing of beauty
AUTUMN is by far my favourite season in Stanthorpe (along with spring and winter).
The days where every step I take results in masses of sweat falling off my body are gone.
It's time to relish the crisp, cool weather; turn off the air conditioner and open the windows!
My slow cooker makes a welcome reappearance on my bench top, the apples are in full swing (size does not matter people), my jeans and boots come out of hibernation, a red wine after work tastes so much better and my wood heater is screaming at me to be lit.
We are blessed on the Granite Belt to have four distinct seasons, but autumn really has a beauty and richness all its own - its landscape is one not easily beaten.
I often hear visitors to our town talk about how vivid the reds, oranges and the yellows are as they wander through our beautiful region.
At this point in my life, I also love autumn because of its associations with new transitions and new memories.
I am not quite the spring chicken I used to be and, while I still have great deal of living to do, the spring and summer stages of my life are thankfully in the past.
I often hear people say, "if I only I could go back”.
For me, I really don't want to go back.
I love where I am right now; the freedom to sit back and take the time to truly appreciate everything that I have been given.
I am so glad I live in a world where we can appreciate autumn's natural beauty.