Somehow, the seasons mingled and exchanged places while I was busy in the kitchen harvesting from the gardens and trees. I looked up from a stew pot of simmering yellow plums, the air sticky from the evaporating juice, and saw the sumac trees clothed in scarlet brilliance. I was a little surprised at the suddenness of the shift ~ I'm not even sure when this happened...perhaps with the early frost ten days ago? Perhaps when my children unconsciously began wearing pants outdoors with long sleevers? Perhaps when we lit our first evening fire in the cookstove last week?
But seasons have a way of merging, almost gently, so we don't feel the harsh reality that summer is now a fading memory and winter is approaching.
Truth be told, I so enjoy each and every season, particularly when they are a novelty of fresh perspectives in touch, taste, smell, and sight. And oh! the colours are magically transforming our green world into a wondrous fiery landscape.
In celebration of autumn, and with some friends, the children splatter-painted over leaves onto wool felt to make into a banner. A rather messy craft, just right for a warm autumn afternoon...
These were strung up into an autumn bunting, hanging from our beams. Every seasonal shift, we craft in celebration. After such a beautiful and glorious summer, the change into autumn is gradual and wonderful...I'm thinking it will be a lovely few months ahead!
May Autumn bring you bountiful harvests of happiness, health, and laughter.