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Autumn fruits: apples, pears, grapes...

When the grapes are ripe, they have to be picked in bunches from the vines. It’s grape harvest time. After a year of hard work in their vineyards this is the winegrowers’ favourite time of year.

Winegrowing areas like Burgundy and Champagne have a celebration at the end of the grape harvest.

In October fruit is picked for the winter, for example apples, pears, walnuts and hazelnuts.

Apples are pressed to give a very sweet juice which is fermented to make cider. Pears can also be made into a delicious drink called perry.

Autumn is the mushroom season but do be careful, some of them are poisonous and cannot be eaten.

October 5th: Saint Fleur

Roses - Photo : G. BrameAs her name suggests, this is the festival day of the patron saint of florists. Throughout the year, each month has its special flower: snowdrop, crocus, tulip, iris, lily-of-the-valley, peony, rose, cornflower, sweet pea or sweet william, lavender, chrysanthemum, hellebore,....

Every flower has its own kind of bouquet: you can give a single rose, 3, 5, 7, 9 or 12 to make a dozen. Other flowers always come in odd numbers because that makes the bunch look better balanced.

October 31st: Halloween

Citrouilles - Photo : M. DécheletteOriginally this strange celebration was pagan. In Ireland, followed by the United States, children liked to dress up as ghosts, witches or some other monster to frighten the neighbours and threaten them with a trick or treat, playing a trick on them if they didn’t hand over some sweets or money. This became popular in France for a few years, but pumpkins have now lost their magic and people are not so keen on horror stories. Halloween is mainly seen as a commercial festival imported from the United States.

Brouillards d’octobre et pluvieux novembre font bon décembre

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