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28-09-2013 : AUTUMN ON A CANAL BOAT HOLIDAY

The 29th September is Michaelmas Day a day to celebrate and to give thanks to the end of the harvest.

It occurs on 29th September each year because it falls near the equinox which in the northern hemisphere is associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days.

In medieval England, Michaelmas marked the ending and beginning of the husbandman's year.

Although it's not a Pagan holiday, Michaelmas celebrations often included older aspects of Pagan harvest customs, such as the weaving of corn dolls from the last sheaves of grain.

During the medieval period, Michaelmas was considered one of the holy days of obligation, although that tradition ended in the 1700s.

Customs included the preparation of a meal of goose which had been fed on the stubble of the fields following the harvest.

There was also a tradition of preparing special, larger than usual loaves, of bread.

Do not let the start of autumn pass you by book a Canal Boat Holiday and discover the delights of the season.

Cruise through a riot of reds, browns and gold on one of our beautiful waterways.

The National Forest can be found in the very heart of England and covers an area of 200 square miles across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.

You can really appreciate the trees and forests as you meander your way through them on your Canal Boat.

Windover Woods are on the edge of the Chilterns and can be reached from our holiday base at Gayton on the Grand Union Canal.

Explore the beautiful Oversley Woods which are close to Stratford Upon Avon and near to our marina in Alvechurch.

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