Today is a true New England autumn day. Sunny, with a crisp nip to the air a weatherman could report, honestly. Let's take a walk around the cottage shall we?
The seedum are blooming--they love the change in temperature and will thrive through October. They make a lovely display amongst the mums I will pot next to them in another week or so.
The girls have started back to school. Lydia diligently tackles math. A supply of grapes close by for nourishment during those brain cramp moments:-)
Many leaves have already fallen and are turning. The huge and abundant maple outside my back door is changing its colors from bright green to hues of yellow, a bit of orange and soon some fiery reds will burst forth!
The golden rod is back! Thank the good Lord we don't suffer much in the way of environmental allergies as this weed grows abundantly around the cottage. Wild black-eyed's are peppered throughout.
Carrots are nearing ready. I've picked a few early for a lunchtime snack. They are a bright and healthy orange with vibrant green tops. Lydia's bunny Jasper sampled a few and I can tell you from the speed of his nibbling they are good!
Back inside for a bowl of comfort for lunch. Delicious Tomato Basil soup for lunch with baking powder biscuits (GF). This kind of day suits itself to soup and warm meals quite nicely. Soup receipt is in the sidebar to your right also.
Oh yes, there is dessert! Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies. These are quite the favorite of my husband's. But be forewarned, they will not last long in your cookie jar.
As much as I enjoy summer and its more laid back approach to life, I do favor autumn. New routines and schedules and the familiarity of past autumns and school years bring contentment. Now, if I could find time to add a bit of knitting to my eves and perhaps a sit down with a video of Miss Marple ( Julia McKenzie is my favorite interpretation) or even Tasha Tudor's Take Peace ( you do realize Christmas is right around the corner don't you?) , I will call the start to autumn a success.
What about you, my friend, how do you usher in Autumn?