Why is it called “Fall”?

The French call it “Autompne” which is a feminine given name, meaning “Fall” or “Autumn” and it began the period of the Harvest when storing food before Winter was the main community function. Autumn is the period of transition from Summer to Winter and celebrated as the Harvest, and that all coincides with the time for the September Equinox. Some say the leaves “Fall” is the reason for the name, but it’s about the Sun falling south that relates the name to the September Equinox.

The September Equinox (or Southward Equinox) is the moment when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward. In North America Autumn can begin anytime between the 21st and the 24th of September, and goes until the December Solstice which is when Winter starts.

Fall air is noticeably cooler and the days are growing shorter. It’s time to get out the jackets and toke up the Fire Pits and Tables.

 

Patio Fire Pit with Steel Stand
Patio Fire Pit with Steel Stand

 

Patio Furniture Care in the Fall

Depending on what part of the country you’re in, fall isn’t too hard on outdoor furnishings, it’s the upcoming Winter that is really hard on outdoor materials. There are some basic maintenance chores that should be done in order to care for your patio furnishings and accessories.

A few things like covering or storing your fabric cushions. Covering or putting away the umbrellas, and don’t forget to “Winterize” your fountain and water bowls, so the freeze won’t damage any of the workings.

And, don’t forget to take your hanging plants indoors. Plants buried in the ground can handle the freeze a lot easier than hanging plants.

Fall is in the air! And it’s refreshing! In New Mexico, where we live, the smell of green chili roasting is in the air, the International Balloon Fiesta begins soon, and of course, the New Mexico State Fair is in full swing. What a terrific time of year in New Mexico! Whatever you call it, the third season of the year is my favorite time of year. The Harvest time is the Autumn season, the time of year when the leaves change color and Fall.

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