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All Saints' Eve

Halloween on Friday is forecast to be the warmest since records began. This is a continuation of the mild autumn we are enjoying in Wiltshire, amidst the wonderful displays of trees turning their leaves to the flaming shades of the season. We have also been treated to some spectacular sunrises and however you feel about the clocks going back, it does mean we get to see the best parts of the day for longer at this time of year. In the last week of half term, it has been lovely to have such beautiful sunny days, although as today's rain reminds us, we are perhaps on borrowed time in what could turn out to be one of the hottest years ever. Winter, though is not far away, which adds to the list of things to look forward to as we reach the end of October. Thoughts of Christmas are creeping into conversations when I show clients around houses and dining rooms, roaring fires and places to put a Christmas tree are all on the agenda, with time still to make a move before the holidays. As shown by the excellent image by Toby Ord, whilst Halloween or Hallowe'en (from "All Hallows' Evening") is the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the departed (including saints or hallows), the tradition of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death" is still alive in a benign celebration of the spooky. But there is so much else happening in the weeks ahead, there is indeed much to look forward to. Next week, we celebrate that peculiarly English event of the thwarting of a terrorist plot 400 years ago, and by doing so the saving of some thirty thousand lives. Next Sunday, the marking of remembrance Sunday will be particularly poignant this centenary year of the great war and seventy years on from D-Day. The end of October is an exciting time in property, with the possibility of Christmas in a new home still within sight and houses warm with fires being lit and Agas radiating in kitchens. Whatever the weather holds this autumn, as ever, there is always so much going on in Salisbury and a great deal to look forward to. Matthew Hallett Winkworth Salisbury

Halloween on Friday is forecast to be the warmest since records began. This is a continuation of the mild autumn we are enjoying in Wiltshire, amidst the wonderful displays of trees turning their leaves to the flaming shades of the season. We have also been treated to some spectacular sunrises and however you feel about the clocks going back, it does mean we get to see the best parts of the day for longer at this time of year.

In the last week of half term, it has been lovely to have such beautiful sunny days, although as today's rain reminds us, we are perhaps on borrowed time in what could turn out to be one of the hottest years ever. Winter, though is not far away, which adds to the list of things to look forward to as we reach the end of October. Thoughts of Christmas are creeping into conversations when I show clients around houses and dining rooms, roaring fires and places to put a Christmas tree are all on the agenda, with time still to make a move before the holidays.

Dining Room View 5

As shown by the excellent image by Toby Ord, whilst Halloween or Hallowe'en (from "All Hallows' Evening") is the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the departed (including saints or hallows), the tradition of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death" is still alive in a benign celebration of the spooky. But there is so much else happening in the weeks ahead, there is indeed much to look forward to.

Next week, we celebrate that peculiarly English event of the thwarting of a terrorist plot 400 years ago, and by doing so the saving of some thirty thousand lives. Next Sunday, the marking of remembrance Sunday will be particularly poignant this centenary year of the great war and seventy years on from D-Day.

The end of October is an exciting time in property, with the possibility of Christmas in a new home still within sight and houses warm with fires being lit and Agas radiating in kitchens. Whatever the weather holds this autumn, as ever, there is always so much going on in Salisbury and a great deal to look forward to.

Matthew Hallett Winkworth Salisbury

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