Monday, October 27, 2014


It is fall, and while I decry the passing of summer and the diminishing light there is a beauty to fall I've always loved. The bright blue skies, the crisp snap of cool, the bright colors to the trees, the rich scents of the woods, and the sound of the huge flocks of geese flying south. The smell of wood smoke in the air. I love the golden sunshine bathing everything in warmth and beauty. Liquid gold.

Fall is also a busy time because we're preparing the house and fields for winter cold. Gathering wood, filling the propane tank, weatherizing windows and doors as well as the Dane houses. Stocking up on hay and feed. I planted more tulips for spring color. Be nice to look out my window in my office and see the bright colors while working next spring. Dan was out mowing the lawn for what he thinks should be the last time of the season--we'll see. I know there will be at least one more time to mulch the leaves that have fallen in yard. 

Fall has been a little strange this year. For one, it's the last week of October and we still have green leaves on many of the oaks. I noticed yesterday that they're starting to pick up small sections of their red coloring of fall. Still warm enough to go barefoot and be in shirt sleeves although the nights and early mornings are jacket weather. We've had the AC kick on several times in the afternoon. Last year we had a brilliant display of color that peaked by October 15th and that last week of October the front yard was full of leaves. Not this year. We've also spent some time doing fun things which is just as necessary as doing the fall chores. 

This past weekend we went to a fall festival. It was good to get out among people and enjoy the beautiful weather we've been having. A friend of mine holds this fall festival. She's a natural health practioner, grows organic gardens and cultivates many herbs she uses in her practice. Through her, I have met many other small organic farmers and ranchers in our area as well 
as a ton of crafters. Festival is on her huge place. Lots of vendors from all over Missouri with their wares, live music, good food, lots of laughter and good times. 

There were hayrides, mushroom harvest walks (by an
expert in the field), herb walks, soap and candle making demos, canning and cheese making.

In the evening there are bonfires, s'mores, coffee, beer and wine, conversation and of course music. Quite a few good musicians with everything from rock to country.

We had a good time.



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nothing like local and organic produce.
We still have a lot of green here and it's close to eighty degrees right now.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. we're still warm too - but the north of Scotland it's raining buckets (and I mean that!) ... so who knows what the Autumn and winter will bring ..

This looks a brilliant festival and full of fun though .. I'd love to visit and just mooch around .. cheers Hilary

Natalie Aguirre said...

I need to plant the rest of my daffodil bulbs. Thanks for reminding me. And I'm enjoying the last burst of Indian summer. We'll take the warm weather here while it lasts.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Jo said...

Everywhere looks great Sia. I bet you did have fun at the fair. My asparagus supplier makes soap which contains asparagus as well as other ingredients of course. A lot of what he sells is local and/or organic.

Our fall has been very colourful this year but we too have trees that are still green or just beginning to turn.

Kat Sheridan said...

Oh, it looks like such a fun time! And the colors will be beautiful when they get there. I do miss the crisp autumn weather (although not the snow that follows it!)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I would love to go to an autumn festival like that. We don't have anything like it around here.

Liza said...

I love the fall colors too. It's about time for us to be having fires in the fireplace, but since it's been so warm, we've been having them out in the patio in the copper fire "pit." That's been lovely too. No bugs!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

The weather in Pennsylvania has been similar! Unusually warm with the beautiful tree colors lasting longer than usual. I had a long drive to a conference this weekend along the New Jersey turnpike, and the gorgeous foliage made the journey more pleasant than I expected.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

That is some incredible autumn foliage... :)

Yolanda Renee said...

Fall has been lovely this year. I enjoy both fall and spring as my favorite seasons, and agree the harvests and craft festivals are so much fun! I'm trying to keep a positive attitude as we move into the winter months because those are the hardest for me - it's so easy to want to hibernate till spring. This year I've set goals that I will accomplish - no slowing down, no hibernation! LOL