A Moment between Autumn and Winter

The clocks fall back in Ireland this coming Sunday, October 28th and this marks our bridge into winter.  I absolutely hate dark winter evenings and was moaning to myself this morning about the  changing of the time as I drove out to my beloved Newtown Wood, which is a mile or so from my home in Tramore, Co. Waterford.  As I entered the wood, I was still muttering  about how I’d hang on to the hour for as long as I could next week and ensure that I’d fight like hell to  eke the very last ray of light out of summer time.

Newtown Wood is like home to me and I thought I knew its every mood, twitch, shadow, frown and smile. However, it caught me totally off guard today.  I glanced down the woodland path which runs to Newtown Cove and was stunned by the fact that it had acquired a new carpet of glowing gold in the day and a half since I was last there.  It seemed, too, that the birds and the little stream that flows through the wood were in shock too as nature presented me with this delight to my eyes in a breath-taking silence.

Newtown Wood, Tramore, Co. Waterford


It suddenly came to me that the last time I had heard this magical silence in Newtown and felt a wondrous softness  beneath my feet there was in the depths of winter in 2010 when Ireland had its last ‘big snow.’

As I stood  deep in thought and  golden leaves, I wondered how I could possibly have been letting my mind wander hopefully on to spring. Each season, month, week, day and hour has  special moments to offer. The question is: are our eyes, minds and hearts open enough to recognise them?

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

2 thoughts on “A Moment between Autumn and Winter”

  1. Interestingly enough I had a similar experience on a trail my dog Lucy and I take everyday. Rounding the bend was a stop in your tracks sight of stillness, color and a softness in the air whispering that in this very moment all is well. I stoped and blinked a couple times thinking I am somehow on a different path. I took some photos and sent directly out, I wanted someone to see this too … But then I thought wait … for right now, maybe this was just for me … give thanks for this moment and take it with me into the day.
    A shared experience ….

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