"Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first of September was crisp and golden as an apple." J.K. Rowling
“I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.” Dodinsky
This week's CST activities are centred around the theme of Autumn, as September has arrived. Also we are fast approaching the Autumnal equinox, which takes place on 22nd September.
THINGS THAT REMIND US OF AUTUMN
Here was our list ...
- Cooler temperatures overall and night-time frosts.
- Misty or foggy mornings.
- Stormy weather. Trees down. Floods. Traffic disruption.
- Wearing warmer clothes and lots of layers. Favourite hats, scarves and jumpers being brought out of drawers.
- Putting on the central heating. The warmth and smell of a coal fire or a log burning stove.
- Picking ripe blackberries and scrumping for apples. Baking blackberry and apple pie.
- Roasting sweet chestnuts or jacket potatoes on a fire.
- Harvest Festival and taking baked goods to church.
- Halloween and 'Trick Or Treating'.
- Bonfire or 'Guy Fawkes' night and enjoying fireworks displays.
IDIOMS ABOUT AUTUMN OR, AS AMERICANS CALL IT, "THE FALL"
Members next completed the following phrases ...
In your autumn (YEARS) - getting older
That old CHESTNUT - same old story
The apple of your EYE - someone who is cherished more than another
Golden HANDSHAKE - pay off at redundancy or early retirement
Turn over a new LEAF - stop a bad habit or start afresh
The apple never falls far from the TREE - we are all pretty much like our parents
Save for a rainy DAY - plan ahead
To feel/be under the WEATHER - have a cold about you
The bigger they come, the harder they FALL - the more powerful a person is the more spectacular is their downfall
Fall flat on your FACE - fail in an embarrassing way
Fall about LAUGHING - laugh without being able to stop
Fall at the final HURDLE - fail to complete the final task or achieve the ultimate goal
Fall between two STOOLS - fail to take one of two satisfactory alternatives
Fall head over HEELS for someone - to fall deeply and suddenly in love
Fall off the back of a LORRY - stolen goods
Fall off the WAGON - start drinking alcohol again
Pride comes before a FALL - don't be too sure of yourself
United we stand, divided we FALL - there is strength in a shared vision and goals.
FIRST SONG. 'Shine On Harvest Moon', Laurel & Hardy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIw14TwJvZc
Included because it was 'Harvest Moon' this week and well, because this is a classic black and white clip.
MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ
ROUND 1. TEDDY BEARS
It is 'National Teddy Bear Day' on 10th September.
Has anyone still got their childhood teddy bear?
Identify these famous bears?
1. Who is this?
What newspaper did he appear in?
2. Who is this?
What sandwiches did he like to eat?
3. Who is this?
Which park did he live in?
4. What was the children's TV show that had 'Big Ted' and 'Little Ted'?
5. Who is this bear?
Who wrote the books?
6. Who is this?
In which TV show did he appear in?
7. SONG. 'The Bare Necessities', sung by Phil Harris - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08NlhjpVFsU
Who is this?
Who wrote the 'The Jungle Book'?
8. SONG. ‘The Wombling Song’, The Wombles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWQMMPFtoG4
What was their job?
9. SONG. ‘The Teddy Bear's Picnic’, Henry Hall & His Orchestra - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZANKFxrcKU
TRUE OR FALSE. The name Teddy Bear came from President Theodore Roosevelt?
ROUND 2. AUTUMN
The phrase 'Autumnal Equinox' means equal day and night hours. (The same is true of the 'Spring Equinox'.)
10. When do the clocks go back?
11. What do Americans call autumn?
(Up until 1500s, Britain called the autumn ‘The Harvest’!)
12. Why is the first full moon in autumn called 'The Harvest Moon'?
13. When is ‘Halloween’?
(Does anyone go out with their children or grandchildren ‘Trick or Treating’?)
14. When is ‘Bonfire Night’?
(Remember ‘Penny for the guy?’)
15. What do you call a spell of dry warm weather in the autumn?
16. Where did Doctor Foster go, in a shower of rain?
* A YouTube clip of Dawn French jumping into the (very deep) puddle on an episode of The Vicar of Dibley was very well received! LINK HERE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWKUeV5B4mI
What was the name of her character?
17. SONG. ‘Forever Autumn’, Justin Hayward (Jeff Wayne's 'War Of The Worlds') - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRV7CUU5tFk
Who wrote the book?
Which group was singer songwriter Justin Hayward a member of?
18. SONG. 'Try To Remember', Nana Mouskouri - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdup2Xku0oM
What nationality was Nana Mouskouri?
How many days hath September?
Do members remember the rhyme ...
ROUND 3. NATURE
19. True or False. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant and should not be given milk?
20. Which are more common in the UK, red or grey squirrels?
21. What is it called when birds fly to warmer climes in the autumn?
Ask members to name some birds who migrate?
22. In the evening autumn and winter skies you will often see groups of Starlings flying in dense formation. What is this phenomenon called?