I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
So from Tasha Tudor's lovely children's book 'A Time to Keep'
The October pages
October was originally the eighth month of the Roman calendar. The Anglo Saxons called it Wynmonath - the wine making month or Winterfylleth meaning the full moon heralding winter.
There is often a short period of stormy weather in the first half of the month, followed by St Luke's little summer - dry days around the 18th and heavy rain at the end of the month around St Simon's and St Jude's day on the 28th (according to one of my books)
In the past villagers relied on pannage - the law allowing them access to the woods for their pig - to enable it to fatten on acorns and beech mast before it was killed at the end of the month
A good October and a good blast
Will blow the hog his acorn and mast.
There are so many weather sayings this month......... mostly predictions for the prospects for the coming winter.
Much rain in October, much wind in December
For every fog in October there will be a snowfall in winter
Warm October, cold February.
A full moon without frost in October and there will be no frost until the full moon in November
This is how John Clare starts his long poem about October written nearly 200 years ago
The Shepherd's Calendar - October
A pall to cover all that summer knew
Yet in the poets solitary way
Some pleasing objects for his praise delay
Something that makes him pause and turn again
As every trifle will his eye detain
It's the colours of October that detain my eyes............ The Sumac is gloriously red and orange again and there are red hips and haws everywhere