Ah, September... Fall (Can/US)/Autumn (UK) is my favourite time of year over spring or even summer. My natural disposition dictates that I’m much more comfortable slightly bundled than sweltering. Though if you prefer the heat, the average two weeks every year that the temperature does rise significantly in this country may hardly seem adequate.

In addition to my fondness for scarves, gloves, and weather much more appropriate for drinking hot tea - although, truth be told, hot weather isn’t usually enough to stop me from having a “brew!" - I strongly associate this time of year with “back-to-school” and the need for new school supplies. I’m a sucker for a lovely, pristine new diary (UK)/agenda/planner (Can/US).

I’ll be heading back to Canada for a couple of weeks this month, just in time for Labour (Can/ UK)/Labor (US) Day, the last long weekend of the summer before school starts again. Mmm, I can smell the burning crop stubble, sweet apples, and ripe corn now... In many ways, this seems like more of an official start to the year than the first day of January, and an opportunity to reflect on what has gone before while anticipating the opportunities that will fill my new diary in the coming days.

I remember how amazed I was to discover that the theatre season here in the UK ran all year. Imagine that! In most of Canada, the major theatres operate seasons that start in the fall and finish in the spring, followed by the summer theatre festivals, including the multiple fringes that run across the country.

I just about forgot, fall also heralds the arrival of the new hockey season. I had better make my way to Staples sharpish after I get back to the far side of the pond so I can fill up a new diary with all those upcoming Winnipeg Jets games! Now, there’s a season that goes on nearly year round. But, as much as I enjoy the odd game, June does seem a funny time of year for the players to still be chasing a puck around the ice.

While nature slows (but, astonishingly doesn’t halt completely in a country subject to the moderating effects of an ocean), bring on the lovely crisp days of a new season, whether in the theatre or on the ice.