What a wonderful season!
There was a sudden break in the weather this morning (Friday 19th) and the heavens opened. Now this seems to have been just a temporary thing as the air around us still feels quite muggy. However, it got us thinking about the forthcoming Autumn season and the things we have to look forward to here in Devon.
Harvest has been and gone for most of us very early, so our focus now (in the farming community) is on getting the rams in with the ewes so we have some spring arrivals; not too soon though, we don’t want those lambs arriving whilst there’s still a frost in the air… if we can help it.
As far as events go, we have already started ‘carnival season’, where most villages and towns around Devon host parades of floats. It includes everyone from the local nursery, parading toddlers in fancy dress costumes right up to the carnival society’s who take it very seriously and build floats which would put most lorry drivers to shame!
Right in the middle of Carnival season is fireworks night! There are some magnificent displays around Devon but the one night that stands out for its uniqueness and slight hint of danger, is the Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels.
On the narrow streets of Ottery St Mary, locals of all ages carrying various sizes of barrels (dependant on their age and experience) will parade from one end of the town to the other on November 5th. The population of the town swells dramatically on this night and it really is an event not to be missed.
Of course, if you come to Devon for a slightly more calming environment, there’s plenty on offer for you too. How about a walk around one of the fantastic National Trust properties with the leaves taking on their autumnal colours at that time of the year. The coast path is a favourite with many visitors to the south west too.
All-in-all, Devon has something for everyone in Autumn; we look forward to giving you a warm welcome.