Thursday, September 25, 2008

Welcome Autumn

Autumn is coming.
You know it when you hear the crickets begin to sing
as the sun makes it's early exit.....
when the water coming out of the tap no longer feels as if it's been boiled.
Kick off your shoes.
See how much cooler the earth feels to your bare feet.
At our house autumn means dig out your hiking boots,
grab your camera and head for the mountains.
WA-HOOO "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
.....John Muir
"Autumn is a second spring where
every leaf is a flower,"
.....Albert Camus
"Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains,
a torch flung to the trees."
.....Faith Baldwin
"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.
So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air."
.....Nathaniel Hawthorne

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Deer Story

Just a quick note.
My family and I were driving recently, when we spotted two deer grazing
at the edge of the woods along the side of the road.
We stopped the car.
I whipped out my camera (I just happened to have it with me) and
looked through the view finder to compose the shot before the furtive deer ran away.
I couldn't believe my eyes.
The deer weren't running away.....they were approaching the car!
They came to within six or seven feet of the car and just stood there as if to say
So here's the shot.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Remembering Tasha Tudor

We lost Tasha Tudor recently.
She was 92 years old.
I wonder how many generations have enjoyed her books and illustrations.
We had a lot in common, Tasha and I.
We both admired a well tended garden.
I delight in every single shoot that I'm able to coax up out of the soil in my
small "English" styled walled garden................
and she tilled and tended her acres of flower beds, rose gardens, fruit trees,
vegetable patches, and berry brambles.
We shared a fondness for animals.
I love and care for my little dog
just as she (Tasha) loved and cared for her ah....menagerie!
Let's see, she had corgies..... as many as fifteen at a time.
She raised chickens and fan tailed doves. And then there were her indoor birds (plural)
canaries, finches, cockatiels, and parrots. She also had a one-eyed cat, and goats
that she milked twice a day. We both had a passion for anything vintage.
I collect bits and bobs. Her period home was furnished with items from the early 1800's.
Her seventeenth century clothing was made from flax she grew, spun, and sewed herself........
Well, you see the similarities. Right?
I romanticized about living her bucolic life
but she had the gumption to go out and DO IT.
Rest well dear Tasha.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Summer Is Slipping Away

Have you noticed?
Summer is rapidly slipping away.
The kids are back in school.
Labor Day has come and gone.
The NFL preseason ended last week....
and Halloween stuff is for sale everywhere!
I'm not ready to give up my sandals and bare feet,
not to mention
lounging around the garden with iced tea and magazine
in hand.
This is the south....we don't see frost until the end of October!
I'm kicking off my shoes.
Would someone bring me a glass of iced tea
hand me my magazine.