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Started by SlasherBindman on Nov 1, 2014 1:05:38 AM
November: what does it mean to you?

The air is colder and the trees will become bare. It is the penultimate month, when the chill descends and darkness closes in. It marks the shift from autumn into winter. Yet it offers celebration: bonfires are lit. November is full of fires and frights and lights, the most overtly pagan month of the year.

Talk about it here.

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HerrWalrus - 01 Nov 2014 08:59:08 (#1 of 173)

Comfort eating. Watching programmes and films more. Working out how to tell the family that you can't make it for chrimbo this year. Wondering if you'll see another Spring.

Moominmamma12 - 01 Nov 2014 09:03:41 (#2 of 173)

Dark, terrible unsettled weather, something to be endured while you look forward to jolly December.

Lascar - 01 Nov 2014 09:04:37 (#3 of 173)

Mists and mellow fruitfulness. What? Yes, I know but we haven't fucking had them yet. Where are they? I want my Mists and mellow fruitfulness!

RosyLovelady - 01 Nov 2014 09:05:53 (#4 of 173)

These are those days, Lascar. It starts to get worse any day now.

pranzingfrogg - 01 Nov 2014 09:10:12 (#5 of 173)

Rain. Fog. Sleet. Crackling through the piled up leaves with the dogs romping through the muddiest puddles they can find. Hot soup and toast after the walk. Digging out the wet and cold weather coats from forgotten recesses of the wardrobe. Breath misting as you wait for the train. Planning next year's holiday. Like the curate's egg, really - good in parts.

MonsoonBloom - 01 Nov 2014 09:13:54 (#6 of 173)

The dead lining the fields like flax.

Moominmamma12 - 01 Nov 2014 09:19:26 (#7 of 173)

I had to buy a shirt yesterday to get changed into as my (cotton) jumper was too hot. It is lovely to not have had the heating on so much yet, and a mild winter is something to be cherished, but at the same time I can't quite compute not needing several layers. Esp. in the morning- normally here in a valley in autumn we get frosts early and while the days can be pleasant the mornings are usually brass monkeys.

AppleCatcher - 01 Nov 2014 09:22:20 (#8 of 173)

There's nothing mellow or fucking fruitful about frigging November. It's dark, wet, and there are no bank holidays. And it's not even cold enough to light fires in the fireplace. Fucking hate it.

Rendered - 01 Nov 2014 09:26:38 (#9 of 173)

The winding down of the flat season. Big coats, ruddy faces, the sound of flanks flying over birch. Waking up with a hangover to realise it's already getting dark again.

AppleCatcher - 01 Nov 2014 09:28:43 (#10 of 173)

The "flat season"?

Rendered - 01 Nov 2014 09:34:07 (#11 of 173)

Horses, young Pommes.

Flat is the summer game. Over the jumps is the winter game.

Pentecost - 01 Nov 2014 09:39:14 (#12 of 173)

My house is the first I've had with proper central heating. November used to be the first month of waking up to a cold house, running outside with a tray of dusty cinders and having to wait an hour for the draw to take a good enough hold to heat the water. Ah! The joys of a farm cottage lifestyle!

Now the thermostat tells the boiler to do all the work and mornings are as warm in November as in August, and a whole lot less faffing.

browserbutton - 01 Nov 2014 09:40:59 (#13 of 173)

'The month of the drowned dog'

AppleCatcher - 01 Nov 2014 09:41:35 (#14 of 173)

Ah ok. I know as much about the nags as I do about cricket.

I also narrowly escaped an invitation to some Navy cricket black tie dinner at Lord's in two weeks' time. That's the other thing that happens in November. Fucking black tie dinners.

Rendered - 01 Nov 2014 09:43:09 (#15 of 173)

You should get yourself down to Auteuil over the winter.

Tenesmus - 01 Nov 2014 09:46:33 (#16 of 173)

Not shaving under my nose, and then at the end of the month having very little to show for it.

clammy - 01 Nov 2014 09:57:35 (#17 of 173)

I used to love pondering on the MCC team to tour Oz, you know one or two secondary modern school bowlers to do the fetching and carrying for the public school boys, and Oz journalists all but sitting on the selection committee. ;-)

surferboogiewhatever - 01 Nov 2014 10:05:16 (#18 of 173)

More or less guaranteed proper autumn weather, a change to bring out coats and scarves and fur-lined boots (I like all of those).

The fireworks display at the primary school just down the road from my house - it's a big one, a good one, and for years I had to "help" at it with my PTA hat on, which, as I wasn't one of the inner circle who'd been to that school themselves and known each other since their children were 4, usually involved policing the toilets and missing all the fireworks. Now I can choose to go in as a paying customer or just watch from my front garden, which gives a perfectly good view of everything except the Catherine wheels.

FIL's birthday (he'll be 87 this year), usually marked by the ILs coming to stay in a very posh hotel in our town and treating us to dinner there, before we give him his presents and exchange wrapped Christmas presents to be saved until the day.

Anchorman - 01 Nov 2014 10:52:07 (#19 of 173)

The winding down of work for the year. Customers starting to ask "when will you stop coming to do the garden"

Putting gardens "to bed" for the winter

Getting up later in the mornings.

Worrying if i've saved enough during Summer to get through the winter

Doing my business books and arranging to see my accountant.

Enjoying the crunching of fallen leaves underfoot

Starting to think about Christmas... which always pisses me off!

EchoChamber - 01 Nov 2014 11:06:52 (#20 of 173)

Mass hysteria, dogs and cats, living together.

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