Category Archives: Natural World

The October Sky – Orionids Meteor Shower

The night sky in October, if you are lucky enough to live in a place devoid of light pollution. is usually clear and has some interesting viewing. Sadly I live in a town and do not get to see much … Continue reading

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Fall and Winter and The Farmer’s Almanac

A man I was talking to at the dump while we tossed construction debris into the dumpsters said an acquaintance who worked for VDOT, the Virginia highway department were already planning for a lot of cold and snow in January … Continue reading

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Cold Dew hán lù 寒露 Oct 8th

Today, on October 8th we enter the period of Cold Dew (hán lù 寒露) the 17th solar terms of the year. The night temperatures become cold enough to condense the moisture in the air to dew, but not cold enough … Continue reading

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Chongyang Festival Oct 7

The 9th day of the 9th lunar month is the traditional Chongyang Festival, or Double Ninth Festival. It usually falls in October in the Gregorian calendar. In an ancient and mysterious book Yi Jing, or The Book of Changes, number … Continue reading

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October Calendar for Yard and Garden

As the leaves change into their brilliant fall colors, and you awaken to a distinct chill in the air, you realize that winter is just around the corner. It’s only natural to think it’s time to put the garden tools … Continue reading

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Autumnal Equinox qiū fēn 秋分 Sep 23rd

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Autumnal Equinox qiū fēn 秋分 Sep 23rd

The Autumn Equinox is the 16th solar term of the year, starting on the 23rd of September. It marks the second half of autumn in the Chinese calendar. It is the start of sunlight moving to the south and the … Continue reading

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