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A Change of Season - Celebrating Food, Colour and Activities for All Four Seasons

Updated on April 23, 2013

There are few things in life as magical as watching and feeling the first snowdrops of winter falling - the garden seems to turn into a white, winter wonderland.

Stepping outside, feeling the crisp air and picking up leaves in beautiful shades of reds and oranges - you'll know Autumn has arrived.

Flowers that start to bloom and leaves that turn green again, yes that's Spring announcing herself.

And finally, the scent of summer arrives, endless daylight hours and warm ocean breezes intoxicate our senses.


Changes of season are exciting, whatever the season - there's something beautiful to look forward to in each one. And we can celebrate each season by using simple things around us, changing up a few colours around the house, enjoying seasonal foods and exploring parts of nature that we're not really able to do during other parts of the year.

As the Southern hemisphere looks forward to lazy Summer days ahead, and the Northern hemisphere plans for a cozy and warm Winter, I couldn't think of a better opportunity than to list reasons to feel good and enjoy each and every season.

A change of seasons is like a new beginning...four times a year!
A change of seasons is like a new beginning...four times a year! | Source
Flowers in Spring
Flowers in Spring | Source

Spring

Ah, Spring. The season of new beginnings, of hoarding out the old and starting fresh. Birds chirp, leaves suddenly appear back on trees, and flowers bloom overnight.


Springtime Delights!

  • Flowers that bloom
  • Green grass
  • Spring cleaning
  • Picnics in the sun
  • Cold pasta salads
  • Salmon and minted vegetables
  • Quiches
  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Fishing
  • Cucumber and avocado
  • Cool shades of green
  • "So Fresh, So Clean" - Outkast
  • Shorts and skirts
  • Lemongrass
  • "It's a Beautiful Day" - U2.
  • Lilac
  • Daisies
  • Apricots
  • Spring in Tokyo

Cold summer cocktails
Cold summer cocktails | Source

What do you enjoy most about Summer?

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Summer

Long, hot summer days, lying out next to the pool or watching the sun set on the beach, sipping on a cocktail. Summer is the season of love, holidays and childhood memories.


Summer Fun!

  • Romantic sunsets
  • Ice cream cones
  • Surfing
  • Lemonade
  • Barbeques
  • Camping
  • Cocktails
  • Sunflowers
  • Strawberries
  • "Boys of Summer" - DJ Sammy
  • Cold tomato soup
  • "Summer of 69" - Bryan Adams
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Prawns and avocado starters
  • Sundresses
  • Straw hats
  • Shades of yellow and blue
  • Fish tacos
  • Pina Coladas
  • Road trips
  • Summer in the Caribbean


Rays of autumn sunshine
Rays of autumn sunshine | Source

Do you call this season Fall or Autumn?

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Autumn

Autumn boasts cool, crisp mornings and trees decorated in bright shades of reds, yellows and oranges. It's a time for harvesting, gathering and preparing for the cold months ahead.


Autumn Treasures:

  • Warm apple pie
  • Cider
  • Gold and bronze
  • Pine-cones and acorns
  • Chestnuts
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Cranberry sauce
  • "Autumn" - Paolo Nutini
  • Burgundy
  • Hiking and walking trails
  • Bonfires
  • Corn and squash soup
  • Cinnamon
  • Sherry
  • Rollerblading
  • Poached pears in wine sauce
  • Autumn sun
  • Bike rides
  • Roast vegetables with garlic
  • Autumn in New York


Winter time
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What do you enjoy most about Winter?

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Winter

Snowflakes, misty air, ice, hail and fog are a few clues from Mother Nature letting us know that Winter has arrived. It's the season to snuggle up, eat comfort food and spend quality time indoors.


Winter Fun:

  • Fireplaces
  • Roasted marshmallows
  • Hot chocolate
  • Movie marathons
  • Board games
  • Roast chicken
  • Red wine
  • Fluffy blankets
  • Snowmen
  • Chili sauce
  • Browns and reds
  • Fondues
  • Macaroni Cheese
  • Skiing
  • "Winter" - The Rolling Stones
  • Sticky Toffee pudding
  • Scarves
  • Christmas Rose
  • "Early Winter" - Gwen Stefani
  • Hot water bottles
  • Winter in Switzerland


No matter the season, or where in the world you are situated, a change in season means a change in the way we view things, do things and make things happen.

An occasion to celebrate the good in life, to be grateful for what we have and thankful for those around us.

We can take ordinary things from nature, food, colours - and turn them into something beautiful to enjoy at home and ring in the new season.

There's a saying that goes, "A change is as good as a holiday", so if you think about it - we get a holiday four times a year, and we don't even have to go anywhere!

The Author

Melanie Chisnall is a freelance writer from Cape Town, South Africa.

She is a nature lover and enjoys going on hikes, running on the beach or just sitting in the garden. Her favourite season is Autumn and believes that we find our true selves in the heart of nature.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      MelChi,

      This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, I can easily describe it as amazing.

      I loved every word. Graphics were superb. This hub was helpful, informative and I found it very interesting.

      Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

      You got MY season: Fall included. I loved it.

      You have such a gift for writing. Keep writing no matter what.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi carter06 - Thank you so much for reading and enjoying this hub! I think we're both just about getting ready for summer in our parts of the world...can't wait! :)

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Omg MelChi what a beautiful hub...it made me feel really excited about how lucky we truly are to experience the freshness of every new season...thank you so much for this lovely reminder...voted UUABI & shared...loved it...cheers

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Julie - Funny you should mention change...it's the title of my blog today, lol. Changing seasons are great though, and here in Cape Town we can have up to 4 seasons in one day - it's crazy.

      Thanks for your comment! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Blossom - you are right, each season really is a delight...a delight for the eyes and other senses.

      Thank you for your kind words :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank you Curiad! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Mama Kim - we are so fortunate to live among such beauty, and it's so easy to forget how beautiful each season really is.

      Thanks for your comment :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      I love the seasons. This is why I will always live where there are four seasons. I love the rhythm and the change. Great job here! voting up!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A lovely hub that points out how lovely it is to be able to enjoy the delights of each season as it comes around. The images are great, too.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      What a lovely hub Mel, and very well written and laid out!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      What a great appreciation for the seasons! Very fun hub and beautiful pictures! ^_^ voted and pinned

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks Bill :) It was a lot of fun to write, and made me realize how much I also love each season - each has it's own magic. Unfortunately, we don't get snow every year where we are, in fact this year was the first time in over 20 years that Johannesburg got a bit of snow...here in Cape Town it only reached the tops of mountains and the higher areas. I envy people who get to celebrate Christmas with snow every year - they don't realize how lucky they are!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank you Sally! :) I took that picture outside my old office...it was raining and suddenly this rainbow appeared out of nowhere. We all dropped what we were doing and ran outside with our phones to take pictures. It was a day I'll never forget. We are truly blessed by nature some days.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks Alecia - thank you for reading! It's true - most of the time if we're sweating in Summer we wish for the coolness of Winter, and when we're freezing in Winter all we want is the heat of Summer...

      I am a little jealous that you're starting with Autumn now - it's my favourite season, but I am looking forward to Summer! Enjoy the beautiful leaves :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was lovely Mel! do you have snow where you are? I love the seasons; one of the reasons why I love Washington so much. Thank you for starting my day off with some beauty.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Beautiful hub in both words and images. The rainbow photo is absolutely outstanding.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I love this hub. While we don't always appreciate the seasons while we are in them, this list makes us remember why they are so beautiful. I'm looking forward to the fall and the change in leaves :).