Today is Michaelmas Day.... the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, celebrated on 29 September. Saint Michael is the patron saint of the sea and maritime lands, of ships and boatmen, of horses and horsemen. Traditionally he was the Angel who hurled Lucifer (the devil) down from Heaven for his treachery.
Michaelmas is one the four quarter days in each year on which servants were hired, school terms started, and rents were due. The quarter days have been observed at least since the Middle Ages, and they ensured that debts and unresolved lawsuits were not allowed to linger on. Accounts had to be settled, a reckoning had to be made and publicly recorded on the quarter days.
And as the Autumn Equinox happened just a couple of days ago, here are some Autumn colours. The reds, golds, yellows and purples.... a beautiful time of the year.