The leaves have changed colour from vibrant green to gold and yellows; many have drifted to the ground making a carpet of colour. Have you ever noticed that some years the leaves turn golden but others they are the red of the setting sun in the night sky? This colour difference can be attributed to the weather around us during the summer, if it has been predominantly wet and windy leaves stop producing chlorophyll (the green colouration which is so important for leaves to produce their own food) hence the underlying yellow colour predominates. If the days are drier and the amount of sunshine is more than the average then the red colour develops giving the strikingly deepness of red hues to the foliage.
Taking a walk around the lake in Sefton Park recently and seeing the colour contrast of the trees gave a sense of stillness and awe at the beauty of the landscape; this was however suddenly disrupted by the sound of a chainsaw. A tree had not only dropped its leaves but had itself fallen. Alongside the workers with their safety harnesses and branches was a machine that shredded the branches to become chippings. Much of the tree will end up being recycled both by nature itself and by man.
In life we can be radiant in our day to day living, showing the glow of life like the red leaves but we can also experience many ‘falls’ leaving us not with a red glow but with a paleness of self-esteem, delicate and lacking in the colours of life.
A group of our society who at this time of year may particularly struggle are the elderly. I suppose that there’s a thin line between being a nosey neighbour and being a concerned neighbour, but when you have elderly people living close to you, it’s better to be overly concerned and make sure that everything is OK than it is to realise that an elderly neighbour may have been ill or injured in their home and unable to contact anyone. Many elderly people are very proud and don’t like to ask anyone for help, so sometimes it’s good to pop round every now and again and get to know them. This way, they will know that if they do need anything they can always ask you for help instead of trying to carry on when they are struggling.
The ‘Friday Morning Cafe’ held at St David’s Church 9.30 till 12.00 each week is proving to be a good place for people of all ages to meet and chat whilst enjoying a cuppa and a piece of cake or freshly made bacon butties . Why not come along? All welcome.
(This article by Rev Sally Mason was originally published as part of St David’s Messenger in November 2014)