Travel theme: Seasonal

I love those aisles in stores that are marked ‘seasonal’; there’s no knowing what kinds of treasures you’ll find there, an ever-changing hodge-podge of things you don’t really need but absolutely want once you’ve spied them. But my favourite seasonal things are to be found in the great outdoors. As summer slips into autumn up here in the northern hemisphere, the hedgerows are bursting with free food for those willing to forage. Just remember to leave some for the birds.

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My favourite seasonal marker for winter is snow; which I haven’t seen enough of these past few years. Freshly fallen snow always brings out my inner child and fills me with wonder. The last time I trudged through proper snow was at the summit of Sauk Mountain in the northern Cascades. The snowpack provided a welcome respite from black biting flies and mosquitoes that turned the rest of the hike into a bug-filled nightmare.

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Teeny tiny little snowdrops are my favourite harbinger of spring.

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Think of summer and I defy you not to think of the beach, no matter if you’re in Hawaii….

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… or Ireland

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… or off-roading along the Lost Coast.

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Are you ready to share your seasonal favourites? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Seasonal
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other. – Arthur Rubinstein

The coursemof the seasons is a piece of clock-work, with a cuckoo to call when it is springtime. – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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46 Responses to Travel theme: Seasonal

  1. aj vosse says:

    You’ve been mind reading again? For yesterday’s post I used all four the seasonal tags… with the mind to actually do a seasonal post using only the four tags as topic! So… here we go… winter, spring, summer… and abundant! 😉

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  5. goannasnake says:

    We were supposed to go to our local produce swap this morning and I thought that would be the ideal opportunity for a photo for this them. But it’s raining so the swap is postponed. I’ll look for something in my archives. I never mind a rummage in there.

      • ailsapm says:

        Lovely, and all covered in raindrops, how beautiful. I l am intrigued by the idea of a produce swap, is it a small community thing where you bring excess veg from your garden and barter with other folks for what they have? xxx

        • goannasnake says:

          That’s pretty much how it works but we don’t actually barter. Everyone takes their excess produce … fruit, veges, eggs, herbs. Lots of different things. Some people bake as well (I like that a lot because I don’t) and there’s usually some magazines and DVDs as well. We all set it out on tables then simply take what you want and can use. It’s not a barter system. You just have to bring something and then you can take something. No one gets greedy. It’s very civilised. In fact sometimes people are reluctant to take more in case they look greedy.

  6. munchkinontheroad says:

    It is funny how what is “seasonal” changes depending where you live. When I lived in Pennsylvania, Winter meant the appearance of heavy coats, snow removal equipment and trying to preparing your mind for at least months of cold, dreary days. Except for those mornings when you woke to stunningly beautiful ice-covered trees that twinkle like Christmas lights in the sun or the very first major fall of pristine snow, I preferred all the other seasons with the exception of the dog days of late Summer.
    In the tropical climate I now live Winter is my favorite month because it means moderate temps with no humidity, balmy breezes and sunny days.
    But then even in this mild climate there are some “seasonal” aisle things that are the same wherever you are in the USA.
    Mums ,Pumpkins, Gourds, Wheat stalks, hay stacks & Halloween paraphernalia are forever Autumn; and Poinsettias, Holly Berry & Ivy wreaths, Eggnog, Christmas decorations, New Year’s party supplies and Valentines are forever Winter.
    So seasons, like people, are more alike than they are different.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, you took me on a wonderful journey with your prose, I can almost see the twinkle of those ice-covered trees. It just goes to show you don’t need photos to take people on a visual journey using language. xxx

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  11. Francesca says:

    Hi Ailsa, Haven’t made a contribution for a while. It’s Spring here, wet, cold and a little boring so a seasonal cooking post might be fitting. https://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/take-three-eggs/

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  13. I love your picture of all the wild, foraged fruit, Ailsa. My choice for this theme was the bounty from the garden: https://beautyalongtheroad.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/seasonal-bounty/

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, looks like you’ve had an amazing year in the garden! The big winners in my garden this year were runner beans, summer squash and chard. My kale got murdered by caterpillars and my tomatoes are taking forever to ripen. I may be making a big batch of green tomato chutney if they don’t hurry up. 🙂

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  15. I went to the forage page, but wasn’t sure, what’s the little black berry you show in the pic?? I’m so jelly, we forage too when were out hiking and panning, but I went into shock this year when the Salmon berries were falling off the vine in March!! They usually don’t ripen until May and June. I think we’ve messed up our planet seriously. My Rhubarb was ripe for three pickings…. good for pie, sad for planet. 🙂

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  22. Leya says:

    http://wp.me/p1hCI2-78y
    A beautiful theme, Ailsa, and beautiful choices!

  23. Hi, love the theme, it’s something I thought about all last year. Here’s my entry of a park bench close to my house. https://netdancer.com/2016/09/20/travel-theme-challenge-seasons/

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  25. dimlamp says:

    Lovely theme and photos. Here’s my contribution, with a couple of bonuses: https://gwhphotos.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/travel-theme-seasonal/

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  29. Adore the food photo, Ailsa. Fruit and berries in abundance.

    Here’s my seasonal photo: https://figmentsofadutchess.com/2016/09/23/travel-theme-seasonal/

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