Lulu says there's an Autumn Man who comes round at the end
of summer and casts a magic spell on the trees so all their leaves
change colours from green to yellow, red, orange and brown. The
cool, misty mornings and beautiful evening skies, all the apples, pears
and pumpkins, the conkers and leaves on the ground - all these
things that we love about autumn are the work and magic of the
Autumn Man. And if, like me, you wonder what this Autumn Man
looks like, she says he's very tall, wears a pointy hat and a long robe (colour not specified), has a red beard and carries a wand. And where
does he live? "In a tent in a campsite where all the magic men live!
Don't you know, Mummy?'" Well, I didn't but now I do.
I do like the Autumn Man and his work, don't you? I know I wasn't
too keen at the beginning. I was still trying to hold on to summer
but now that the autumn season is in full swing, I do like it. It's cold
but not too cold yet and there's still light in the early evenings. I am grateful that it gives us this time to prepare for winter, to get ourselves ready and our homes cosy for the colder days ahead. Autumn is a
beautiful season, I must admit, and now I know, it's all thanks
to the Autumn Man. I think he's wonderful, don't you?