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An Autumn Reverie

Sep 17, 2012

by Cate Fitt

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There is a day in early autumn when life comes back in focus. The world has a new clarity, with crisp edges and intense color. As the tree colors change, so does the light, no longer dusty green but glowing and sharp. My elderly hound has renewed energy for chasing the squirrels who make it over the fence in the nick of time. It is my favorite time of year — open windows, meals on the porch, piles of gourds at the farmers’ markets, faint memories of burning leaves, and birthday parties with children whirling on the lawn.

[1. Screen Print T-Shirt by Sealmaiden 2. Hoop Earrings by Rokdarbi 3. Making Beer Outside with Friends, Poorly. by EbenKlingWork 4. Dog Collars by Devonhill]

Inspired by the change in weather, I put aside my other projects and pick up the half-finished sweater that was abandoned in the May heat.

[1. Keep Canning Letterpress Print by OldSchoolStationers 2. Latte Mug by LittleWrenPottery 3.  Canvas Boots by iloveyourshoesbali 4. Pickling Spice by Dellcovespices]

Cooking is once again a pleasure. The last tastes of summer are preserved in sauces that will nourish me on the shortest winter days.

[1. Vintage Rain Boots from OleaVintage 2. Bottled Treasure by Sarahdeee 3. Yellow Knit Headband by NeekaKnits 4. Peeling Paint Umbrella by JenHanlonAshPhoto]

The remnants of a hurricane shake the trees bare. My street is covered with shining golden leaves, wet with rain.

[1. Black Walnut Spoons by Eriktosten 2. Linocut Card by AmeliaHerbertson 3. Autumn Leaves Cookies by SweetAmbs 4. Extreme Weather Original Painting by BlueMagpieDesign]

It is birthday season for me and for my dearest friends. For us, the new year is now.

How do you celebrate the changing of the seasons?

mismatched hoop earrings with sea urchin and natural seeds - eco friendly jewelry - ethnic earrings
mismatched hoop earrings with sea urchin and natural seeds - eco friendly jewelry - ethnic earrings
$30.00 USD
T shirt for Women, Graphic Tee, Peacock print, Copper Peacock Feather Screen Print, Rust Metallic Shimmer
T shirt for Women, Graphic Tee, Peacock print, Copper Peacock Feather Screen Print, Rust Metallic Shimmer
$25.00 USD
Ethnic batik art canvas shoe, gold classic pattern
Ethnic batik art canvas shoe, gold classic pattern
Sold
Pickling spices - organic spices - cooking spices organic spices for pickle jars diy crafts kit - canning food preservation at home
Pickling spices - organic spices - cooking spices organic spices for pickle jars diy crafts kit - canning food preservation at home
$5.00 USD
Single spicy chai latte mug - stoneware pottery mugs glazed in milk chocolate
Single spicy chai latte mug - stoneware pottery mugs glazed in milk chocolate
Sold
Knit Headband Turban - Sunshine Yellow -  Chunky Wool
Knit Headband Turban - Sunshine Yellow - Chunky Wool
$18.00 USD
Vintage Rain Boots - European Size 37, US Size 6.5 - 7
Vintage Rain Boots - European Size 37, US Size 6.5 - 7
Sold
Black Walnut Rounds
Black Walnut Rounds
Sold

3 Featured Comments

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered said 3 years ago Featured

    Perhaps it's the memory of school starting in September, but fall always feels like the beginning of a new year to me. Forget January and its boring sameness to December. In September the evenings cool, the kids emerge from air conditioned caves, more wildlife appears, the trees start dropping tons of presents -- nuts and apples and one or two early colored leaves. It's an amazing time of the year. Thanks for sharing treats that make it even lovelier.

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 3 years ago Featured

    I stronly believe that life is a celebration of seasons. I decorate my house every season every month according to holidays or the cues I receive from nature. A rainy morning is as lovely as a hot summer afternoon. Adding all these decorative touches around the house help me and my family to see how exciting the year is with all its holidays and changes in season.

  • Splendere

    Pearlie from Splendere said 3 years ago Featured

    In my country, there is a shortfall of seasons - we either have sunny or rainy weather. But through your blog, Cate, I could feel your sentiments during this special time of the year. It is as though I'm now in another country experiencing the triumph of the forthcoming season. Thank you for sharing it here with us!

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