Hello Autumn!

What a lovely day it is on the farm today, the sun is shining, it’s glorious. I can’t believe we are halfway through September and we are still lucky enough to be blessed with such beautiful weather.  I do hope it continues for a while.

There are a few early signs of autumn to be spotted here at Godstone Farm.  Amongst the sights, smells and sounds of this lovely farm, a few of the leaves are starting to change colour from their fresh green to different hues of yellow, orange, red and brown.

Autumn brings crunchy leaves – what fun it is to trample through the leaves and also enjoy looking for, and collecting, conkers!  Remember never feed conkers to animals as they are poisonous and can make them sick.

Did you know the reason for leaves changing colour is because they receive less sunlight?  Trees use sunlight to create their own food in a process called photosynthesis.  This happens inside the leaves where the cells use light from the sun plus carbon dioxide and water to make food.

When we have lots of sunlight the energy from the sun is stored inside the leaves.  The leaves change colour when the food has been taken  from the leaves and the green pigment breaks down. They then turn different shades of yellow and then become the beautiful shades of orange, russet, crimson, red, purple and other stunning autumn colours.

The leaves eventually fall off so the tree can sleep over the winter.  It conserves all its energy so it can have a new lease of life in the spring, producing new healthy leaves and can start the process all over again. Sleepy trees, what a lovely thought!

Wow!  The wonder of nature and the amazing transition between seasons.  Have you and your family noticed any other signs of autumn on the farm?