OCTOBER has a peculiar reputation.

Spring is associated with rebirth, summer for its long and hot days and winter for cosying up indoors and feasting.

However October falls through the gaps and is mostly associated with death thanks to Hallowe’en.

This is perhaps understandable as this is the month when even the most hardy of trees shed their leaves and our part of the world is no longer green and lush but instead filled with the skeletons of nature.

Bare trees are simply not as much of a draw as a tree full of life.

However anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead have never watched them dancing on a windy day.

This is the month when we truly see autumn for what it is.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Pumpkins, warm sweaters, fluffy scarves and winter boots are among the things we have to look forward to in the coming weeks.

For children it is a chance to enjoy stepping outside and jumping into puddles while for adults it is a chance to take stock.

Summer is gone and Christmas is around the corner - however not too close to have to worry about it just yet - so sit back and embrace the change of seasons.

Of course we all know the great problems the country is facing at the moment due to supply chains being broken but the best advice is to relax and not add these problems to our day.