In 1827 The Shepherd of Banbury's Rules stated: 'If the latter End of October and beginning of November be for the most Part warm and rainy, then January and February are likely to be frosty and cold, except after a very dry summer.' which is probably suitably fitting for our year so far. That corn on the cob may come in handy!
And the Harvest Suppers are eaten and packed away for another year now, too. A feast of great merriment, enjoyed traditionally by farmers and fellow villagers. Mum recalls such evenings when she was a young pullet as being filled with laughter, wine, splendiferous food and excellent company. The wine of course may have quite a lot to do with it.
Which rustics welcome with delight
When merry game and tiresome tale
And songs increasing with the ale
Their mingled uproar, interpose
To crown the harvest's happy close
While rural mirth that there abides
Laughs till she almost cracks her sides.
John Clare, 'The Shepherd's Calendar'