After Bogtrotters wonderful article "The Quickening". (And if you still havent read it , well worth a look! )There have been quite a few posts talking about understanding what he was talking about. But it was described in different ways by different folk.
Basically it seems as if we all stepped outside at some point in the last month and noticed SOMETHING. Now comes the hard part, descibing it. " A smell in the air", "A feeling " , "An atmosphere" or as Bogtrotter put it "A quickening "
But what exactly is IT?? It has to be something because we all notice it in our own way.
This year ,for me, it happened just before the 12august. I took the dogs out for their morning walk and only got about 30 yds up the road when I remember stopping and getting THAT feeling. The morning had a chill about it. I can remember looking up into the sky, sniffing the air a bit and saying to myself. "Thats it , time to go to the Hill". Even after I got back in I turned to my wife and said that the summer was finished and that I had smelt the air of autumn! Dont ask me to descibe the smell or the feeling. I can only say that it is just something inside me and that is the only way to describe it.
Its always this time of year ,when its time to go to the Hill for stags. And by the looks of most of the posts , that is what seems to be drawing everyone else. Stalking stags in the Rut ..
The magical feeling of man against beast in his own territory with the added thrill of listening to the orchestra of stags roaring to each other. We get wet, cold , frustated at times and tired, but we always hanker to go back.
Those that do not "get it" must think there is something strange about us saying that it is in the air. In medievil times we may have been called Soothsayers or even witches and warlocks for descibing the feeling!
So folks, how do you describe IT or even explain IT ???
I do not think it ever leaves us but it will become hard when we cannot go to the Hill again.