Back home in the U.S. we call September, October, and November 'fall'. In my U.K. home it's called 'autumn', and since as with most things in my life I straddle two continents, I call these months both fall and autumn--but this year since I'm not flying back home, I'm really missing fall and everything that symbolizes it.
Americans don't do fall by halves and that's what I'll miss. Maybe it's because the U.S. has celebrated Halloween in a big way since the 1950's and we celebrate my favorite holiday of all--Thanksgiving. Fall isn't just the three months leading up to Christmas. It's pumpkins, pumpkin pie, hot, spiced apple cider, Friday night football at the local high school, jack-o-lantern's, Thanksgiving turkeys, more pumpkin pie, trick-or-treating from door to door in vast neighborhoods, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, giving thanks, and even Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Lattes (which I'll admit right here and now and judge me if you will, I love!).
|A slice of pure Americana in the fall.|
|'Pumpkin helped the pilgrims during those |
first years of survival and one journal begins with,
"....so we begin with pumpkin again".
The pilgrims survived and left Americans
with a love of all things pumpkin.'
Last year I had the perfect arrangement. A friend wanted me to send her a New College Christmas CD and offered to mail me something in return. She kindly mailed off a full supply of Starbuck's Instant Pumpkin Spice coffee and so I was set for the entire autumn of 2013. Unfortunately, for me at least, this year she's had no export requests and is busy starting up a new business, so I've had to improvise my pumpkin lattes. I found a recipe for pumpkin spice creamer and it will have to do until Christmas, when Stuart and I both fly back to the U.S.
|Brasenose Lane, Oxford, lined with chestnut trees |
that drop their bounty in the Autumn.
HIDE THE PATH
*PUMPKIN UPDATE: Something is afoot in Britain, because Pumpkin Spice is starting to finally show up. Pumpkin Spice Lattes just arrived in Oxford, and today I finally had one. It was the best Pumpkin Spice Latte I've ever had--maybe because it was the first one for several years. I even found Pumpkin Spice yogurt this week, so I guess pumpkins are catching on and Thanksgiving away from home might be a little easier to bear now.