So we have now in mid October reached Autumn or Fall.
I cannot believe how fast this year has progressed. I do love the month of October though as we lose the occasionally fierce heat of summer and cooler weather gently or not so gently sometimes takes over.
We have had a beautiful warm and sunny summer and a fairly mild September and just now we feel the hint of autumns influence upon the garden.
I can look out now and see the once green trees turning into the reds and golds and bronze colours so typical of this time of year. I love these autumnal colours, they are the most wonderful, rich and interesting of the year and so beautiful. All the more so as we know they will not be here very long before winter takes a hold on the landscape.
The winds are starting to grow stronger now and the trees bow majestically to their great force. The ones that are flexible and gracefully moving with the wind, the survivors in this. Sadly the rigid that brace against the wind, often succumb to its force at this time of year, snapping off the great branches.
Big leaves start to fall to the ground making a colourful carpet of crunchy, rustling underfoot of a beautiful carpet of colour.
In the high winds some all bunch together and rise high in the air dancing a whirling quickstep, until they fall clustered together.
The sound these leaves make is a wonderful orchestra of rustling magic.
I never tire of walking through leaves....
From a very young child I would walk through the leaves with my parents, looking at the colours and feeling the stems and leave patterns, learning about nature. It was a special time I now treasure so much.
Nights are drawing in now and there is no more gardening after dinner. Time to savour what we can during the daytime when I am here.
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