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Tuesday, September 27

the golden days of autumn...

As September closes and we're on the doorstep of October, there is color everywhere. Not the summery colors we find in geraniums, sunflowers, and daisies, but the colors of fall. Yes, the grass is still green, but mixed in with that green are dark-brown cattails surrounding ponds, farm stands filled with yellow squash, orange pumpkins, golden sweetcorn, and orchards bursting with juicy red apples.

Here in our part of the world, the weather has become, for me, absolutely perfect. Sunshiny days in the 50's to 60's, and nights in the 40's. As October moves closer, we look forward to the wolf moon, bonfires, pumpkin carving, and glowing jack-o'-lanterns in the dark of Halloween night. It's time for warming soups, comfort food, crackling fires, cozy sweaters, and football games.

We are poised on the edge of cold and snow and want to be ready. Days have been spent stacking hay and firewood, cleaning goat and chicken houses, building tables to hold water tanks, counting food storage, cleaning and organizing freezers, and making any last minute repairs. I've been trying to keep myself busy ever since my youngest went to college, and because there's an endless list of things that need doing, I'm throwing myself into the middle of it with wild abandon, as the saying goes!

So while we enjoy the brilliant patchwork of autumn, knowing that a hard winter is most likely ahead, I'm working hard to enjoy the moment I am in. It's time to settle my noisy brain and appreciate the simple pleasures of this season, and savor each moment to the fullest...

beauty found in nature:







signs of harvest:








hay stacked for 
nosy goats and sleepy cats!












A Susan Branch quote says it best
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12 comments:

daisy g said...

What beautiful vistas you have around you! Makes one so grateful to have eyes that can appreciate it. Sounds like you are nudging toward fall, as are we. Enjoy every moment!

Staci said...

Beautiful photos as always. It is my perfect weather as well - I just love it. Happy you are keeping busy.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

At Home In New Zealand said...

You describe autumn so beautifully that I am almost sad it is turning spring here!
Enjoy those balmy days and I hope you get everything done that you want to get done before winter sets in.

Prims By The Water said...

So enjoyed seeing all of your pics! Yes Fall has its own colors, and as the saying goes for me "Fall is my favorite color" That goat is just too cute. If we lived on a farm, I know we would have a goat or two. Bob loves them! Janice

Mary, Windy Meadows Farm said...

Daisy G - thank you, and you're so right...what a blessing to be able to enjoy the changing of seasons and see the beautiful colors; I appreciate the reminder. Nudging is right...it's supposed to be in the 30's tomorrow night! Hope all is well, Mary

Staci - thanks for your kind words, it's not me, it's the beauty around us (as Daisy G noted above...so true.) Yes, busy is important now, it's good timing that there's so much to be done at the end of the summer season. Thanks for the good wishes...always appreciate them. Mary

Margaret - Spring is beautiful as well...colorful blossoms on the trees and flowers popping up in the garden - while I love autumn most, spring is lovely as well, it's just the heat & humidity of summer that makes me cranky! By the way, how is your garden doing? Love to think that you're planting while we're harvesting! Mary

Janice - yes, everyone should have a goat - and don't believe anyone who says they are noisy, we don't hear a thing unless we walk by and they want a snack! Hope the shop is doing well and you're getting lots of customers! Mary

Jules said...

It is all looking beautifully seasonal in your corner of the world. Now that I have mourned the loss of summer, I am looking forward to some bright and chilly autumn days. X

nookworm said...

I'm new here and will be back. Your photos and words are inspiring and now a positive part of my daily morning round on the internet. Great all around posts! Thanks.

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Love this time of year!

Now, for October Eves.
🍁 🌻 πŸ‚ 🌰 πŸ‚ 🌻 🍁

Mary, Windy Meadows Farm said...

Jules, summer is always wonderful for the fresh produce and long days, I just have such a dislike for the humidity. I try to look my best, in case someone stops by, but it's hardly worth it if I've been working outside...truly, not a pretty sight! I'm looking forward to seeing photos from your part of the world in autumn...I'm sure it's lovely, Mary

Beside a babbling brook - oh yes, October Eves are my favorite! I love this month, not too hot, not too cold and such beauty all around. Have a good weekend, Mary

Mary, Windy Meadows Farm said...

nookwork, thanks for stopping to visit, and thanks for the kind words. Just a little farm in the Midwest, but so glad you left a note! Mary

Billie Jo said...

Hello, my friend! What beautiful photos and words you shared here! I love the beauty in your part of our world. Happy fall. : )

Mary, Windy Meadows Farm said...

Hi Billie Jo, thanks so much - it's our favorite time of year! I picked up pumpkins this weekend to decorate and I couldn't be happier! SO appreciate you visiting me here and getting to know you...friends across the miles. Mary

 
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