Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Feel Of Fall In The Air

Lushness of wild grapes in a heavenly frosty dark violet....


.....The glow of Goldenrod against the pines......

....One lone Jewel weed glowing in the afternoon sun....

.......The perfect mushroom, fanning out an umbrella of textured white and beige......

....Awaiting the explosion of fluff and seed from Milkweed pods......

.......a perfect Thistle, giving up pollen to a tiny bee, soon to be gone for the season......

Cool evenings, a yard wet from dew, the rich colors of things that seem to begin that Fall Glow.....it may not be all that close but it is definitely on the way. And I am ready! Enough of the Summer heat and hustle---I want the lovely purples and yellows and oranges of the cool of the year. That delightful rustle of leaves in the evening breeze, the smell of the earth going to sleep for the Winter.
Out comes the leather jacket, and gloves......hand knit socks and soft sweaters, flannel pajamas and bunny slippers. Hot tea any time of day and the perfume of raising bread dough, ready for the oven. Pies, jams, cookies and heavy roasts. Pulling out soft, thick afghans and putting away the light Summer quilts.
And Halloween and pumpkins and hobgoblins!
Enough, Summer---be gone! Give me the season I love most!

Pax.

18 comments:

Marilyn said...

If Autumn could stay without the threat of WInter to follow I would be happy. However, Winter is a burden I would love to avoid. The days alone waiting for Hubby to return in one piece after a long trip. Too many years of trucking... I am weary of the Winter worry.
Yes, I Love Fall... I am tired of the heat & humidity & the AC BUT I am also fearful of another Winter Season.
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Marilyn,

I guess with DH's job with the military, I get somewhat spoiled with winter. He grew up in Michigan and snow doesn't faze him, he handle ice fairly well, and in Indiana, Winter seems safer than tornado season.
But I'm with you---I wish Fall would ling a while. I love those slow years when it gradually creeps in and there is time to enjoy it and all the wonderful smells and colors!
Hope you and your DH have a safe Winter ahead!

XXOO!!!!
Anne

Linda Moran said...

Each of those photos would make an amazing quilt! And in AZ we are SOOOO tired of the summer heat!!!

yoborobo said...

I am with you, sista! Bring on those chilly mornings! Sweaters and jeans. Soup on the stove! I am there. We are so spoiled here in the Mid-Atlantic. We have long Falls, short Winters, long Springs, and slightly miserable summers. LOL! I like winter, I just want it gone by March 1st. :) You have a great day, Anne! xox Pam

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Linda,

I had not even thought about quilts when I posted them; was just looking for a good pic representing this beginning of the end of Summer.
This is what's wonderful about the blog---how everyone sees things different!!!
Hope you're doing a bit better; think of you often.

XXOO!!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Pam,

I so want to put on a big pot of vegetable soup to simmer all day. Or make a huge vat of gumbo......I do it in the summer now and then just because I have to have my NOLA fix, but gumbo in the Fall is heavenly!!!!
Sounds like you have the perfect distribution of climates there!
Wanna adopt me???? :)

XXOO!!!
Anne

audrey said...
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teri said...

Good Morning Anne -
You must have a LARGE back yard to have such a variety of interesting subjects for your photos ... they are marvelous - thank you for sharing.
Hope we both have a productive and creative Tuesday ... safe and happy too!
t

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Audrey....I just can't wait till "leather weather" to get out my old motorcycle jacket that I wore to so many concerts! It's like being hugged by a very dear friend! Know that sounds crazy, but it is good memories!!!!!

XXOO!!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Teri!!!

Welcome home if I haven't said so....
I have an acre, that this year has for the most part gone to a more, ahem!, *naturalized state*----meaning I can't do what needs doing.
BUT!
The perk is all the things the birds plant (expect for the poison ivy) have been great to photograph! Lots of stuff that wasn't there before, so it's been fun.
Hope you have a good day---just got a call from DH and am going to Kokomo with him this afternoon so hustling this a.m. with a LOT of pinning!
I know you'll get lots done!!! ;)

XXOO!!!
Anne

audrey said...

I can't think of anyone who would not look forward to Fall with the slight chill in the air and all the wonders that come with it. Your photos are so beautiful, Anne. Your description of Fall makes me want to put the pumpkins outside right now.
When you make that veggie soup, could you throw some in a large container and mail it in this direction? I have a feeling your vegetable soup is probably outstanding like everything else you do. (:

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

LOL! There is no recipe, it varies from batch to batch, mostly by what I have in the fridge that requires using up. And sometimes it's almost a cross between soup and gumbo, which isn't bad either!
I am so sick of Summer and mowing and gas money to run said mower....and FIXING said mower......(see, I did not mention *his* name.....)
I'm going to have to buy a pumpkin this year.....maybe paint it. I always end up with a rotter when I keep them carved and inside! HA!
And first frost! Oh--that is so cool!

A Stitch In Thyme said...

I so adore autumn. It is what follows I am not so fond of anymore. I would just assume winter pass us by with the exception of snow on christmas eve. I love the colors of autumn & the smells coming from various houses on our walks with the critters. Especially THanksgiving. Oh my. My favorite holiday of all. The turkey, stuffing, squash....apple pie... so sinfully good.

My hubs loves the thistle flower. It's his favorite. Has been every since we watched braveheart. I don't even know if they grow here in Indiana very well. Perhaps i'll give it a go.

Have a great day!
Tammy

Leslie said...

Three Sister Stew and a hot cuppa is what I am thinking.

Love all the photos, the milkweed brought back so many memories of collecting them to craft with as a kid and the thistle, well, we know how I feel about them..

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Tammy---my whole south acre is FULL of a variety of thistles!!! Maybe they just need the colder climate up here. I go out with a scythe and cut most of them, but leave a few for the butterflies and bugs. If I left them go, there would be nothing but thistles, and they are one mean plant! LOL!!!
Used to love doing the big T-day meal; but two of us only so it's a waste of food. Try and do something simple or unusual, and that's fun too!
I suppose I could save some of that thistle seed for you....?

XXOO!!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Leslie,

We used yo collect the seeds and fluff too; pods always painted silver and gold for the holidays.
There are few left around here due to people mowing the sides of the roads and herbicides.
I pamper the one plant in my yard. May try setting out some seed this fall, before winter freezes everything.
It's the only plant Monarch Butterfly catepillars will feed on.

XXOO!
Anne

Laume said...

I'm so ready as well. We have similar whisperings of fall in this area - and even some leaves trying to turn color already! You've reminded me - gotta go eat some more grapes off the vine before the birds or deer get them.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I've noticed a slight change in leaf color here; little, but when the Sugar Maples turn bright red, we'll know it's officially Fall!
Go get the grapes fast!!!

XXOO!!

Anne

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