Fall Is In The Air

This can’t be possible. It seems like Labor Day was just yesterday.

Now kids are back in school, football is once again on TV,  and warm clothing is popping up on racks everywhere you look.

Not only that, the days are getting shorter and Halloween candy already packs the store shevles. It’s only mid September people!

So what does all of this mean?

Don’t look now but the start of Fall is nearly upon us. Mark your calendar for September 22nd. This third season the year just happens to be a favorite in the small Southern town of Shady Pines.

Fun Facts to Share

Over at The Shady Pines Gazette News office, editor Zulah Talmadge has received a special request. It seems the teachers at Shady Pines Elementary want her to write about some fun Fall facts that children would enjoy. Here’s what she discovered.

Fall and Autumn are the same season! Autumn is just the formal way of saying it. Fall is when the weather starts getting cooler, the leaves change and some animals search for food to store up for Winter.

Colors associated with this season are red, orange, yellow, brown and black. Do you wear those colors in Fall?

Cue Fall To Begin

Throughout history Fall begins on what’s known as the Autumnal Equinox. It’s a fancy way of saying that on the Equinox, the sun spends as much time above the hoizon as it does below.  On that day (September 22) the sunrise and sunset are about 12 hours apart everywhere on the earth. The daylight hours are just a smidge longer.

Because this happens late in September, October is actually the first full month of Fall.

So when does Fall end? That happens on the Winter Soltice which is December 21st. That day is not only the start of Winter but it is the shortest day of the year becuse it has the least amount of daylight.

Believe me when I tell you it can get really cold here in Shady Pines in the Winter. Does that happen where you live? Wait. Before we get to all that, let’s get back to the season at hand.

Fun Fall Things To Do

For many Shady Pines families it’s become a tradition to take the children out to pick pumpkins and apples this time of year.

Besides carving pumpkins (sometimes for prizes) there are some wonderful recipes out there for pumpkin bread and apple cider. We found a recipe for pumpkin bread with walnuts that is really tasty. You can leave the nuts out if you or someone in your family is allergic.


We mentioned clothing earlier. If your wardrobe could use a little fall overhaul this is the time to do it. Sweater weather is on its way.

You might want to stock up on warm hats, mittens, boots and galoshes. Yes even those big rubbery boots will come in handy. Kids can find so much to do on those rainy, puddle filled days.

One more thing to remember. With each new season comes another chance to think about ways to be kind to our family members, neighbors and friends. Of course, that shouldn’t be just a Fall thing. Here in Shady Pines we try to make it an everyday thing!  Happy Fall y’all!!!