Falling into Autumn

DSCN7772The rains have come, there is a bit of a chill in the evening and morning air, and the maple leaves are just starting to turn from bright green to gradual reds.  Despite our trying to stretch out the Summer as long as possible, there can be no denying that Autumn is elbowing her way through the door.  I realized last weekend that we have been pushing ourselves at crazy speed to accomplish long lists of tasks and that maybe, just maybe, the time for slowing down might be at hand.  Like the manic squirrels who have been burying nuts in our garden beds, we have been canning, preserving harvesting, shoring up trellises and fences, weather-proofing the chicken coop, and all sorts of other seasonal tasks with an obvious sense of urgency.  It is tough to keep up that intensity for long!

We’ve harvested many of our pumpkins.  It seemed a little early this year but the vines were dying back and the squash were ready.  There are still a half-dozen or so ripening in the patch, but the rest are now adorning our front porch and walk. Of course, this won’t stop us from making a trip to a nearby farm and pumpkin patch at the beginning of October.  Mostly because this family tradition–continuing long after our kids have grown–of a hayride, hot cider and spice donuts truly marks the end of the growing season and the beginning of a bit of indoor hibernation, family celebration, and reflection time.  The seasons are changing and there is nothing we can do about that.  I don’t know that we’d really want to keep it Summer forever if we could–Autumn has her chores and sweet delights too…


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