Saturday, 29 October 2016

Autumn waning . . .

  

The trees at this season are the very best example to us of the science of composting.  Although the falling leaves to all intents and purposes appear to be dead, they are not to go to waste . . .  nature's economic system wastes nothing . . .

The leaves, rotting down into the earth, will change their structure, form and substance, becoming a rich mould, nourishing soil around the parent tree and forming a fertile bed for the coming seed to germinate in.  What seems like decay is really only a phase in the eternal round of transmutation and renewal.

Can you smell it happening?  I can . . . this late October smell of decaying leaf and damp . . . it is the smell of dormant renewal . . .



The dry leaves flutter from the branches, but the roots remain  . . .  the living roots from which one day in the not too far future, sap will rise again in an act of resurrection, an awakening.  There will be an Easter morning when the birds will sing . . .   a rhapsody of Spring up in the blossomed branches overhead, and daffodils will push their heads up where now the leaves lay dead and rotting . . . the eternal round beginning once more  . . .

Drifting mist and burning bush along the garden path.   Blue smoke rising from chimney through soft and silvery haze . . .

 

Webs sparkle and dance with autumn rain upon the spangled hedges, with wisps of gauze upon the lawn.  Dying roses wan and lovely in the grey dawn.  A white birch weeps with sighing, dancing leaf, whilst small birds sweetly flute, heedless of the tree's quiet grief . . .

"Now stir the fire and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups,
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in."
~Wm Cowper, from The Winter Evening

  

Don't forget to put your clocks back one hour tonight. (If you live in the UK that is.)   I don't think anyone objects to an extra hours sleep do they?  I am not overly fond of these time changes.   They mess with my sleep patterns and it takes me a while to adjust.  I wish they would just leave it the same all year round, instead of playing with our time . . .

Have you got your treats in for all of your trick or treaters?   I have.  I want to buy a pumpkin however and carve it to put out front.   Todd is in opposition, but I miss having the carved pumpkin.  My sister's partner does several and makes it all spooky outside the house for Halloween.   He sits out there in a chair at the side of the lawn with his bowl of candy waiting for the trick or treaters.  He is a fun guy.    There is the same difference in age between myself and him as there is between Todd and I, except in the opposite direction.  In truth he is not much older than my oldest son.   Yes, he is my sister's toy boy, more power to her and so very good to both her and my mother.   We have never met, but I love him anyways because of the care he gives to them both.

 

I am not sure I could stand sitting outside with a bowl of candy this time of year.   Brrr . . . I know for sure Todd couldn't.  We will wait hopefully inside the lounge with the lights down low and bowl of candy ready.   Last year we had about 10 children.  Perhaps if I have a pumpkin lit this year we will get more.

And with that I will leave you with a thought for today  . . .



 The Tree 

I am your friend, your needs I meet,
I am the floor beneath your feet,
I am the beam that takes the strain,
I am the door against the rain.

I am the peg, the post, the tub,
I am the oar, the bat, the club,
I am the stick for summer days,
I am the log for winter's blaze.

I am the altar of the Lord,
I am the sacramental board,
And at last on earth's brown breast
I hold you in your place of rest.
~Unknown 

 

Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  French Toast Crumble.  Delicious!

Have a great Saturday and weekend, whatever you get up to! Be safe and don't forget . . .


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And I do too!!


10 comments:

Suze said...

Good morning Marie. If you were here you would be hearing the whirring of the electricity meter. Summer is beginning and today was 32 (in the shade) and humid. Now back to being stuck together, in the smallest room, to save money.

I loved your photos today. So beautiful. The visual feast before winter.

God bless.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Just as fall is waning so am I. Shorter days means I get less done and I'm ready to hibernate for the winter. I made french toast yesterday for lunch. I love it so I'll have to check out that recipe for today. Hope your Saturday is a super one !

local alien said...

Happy Halloween. Not sure exactly when it is. Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes as well? You always find wonderful poetry.

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Suzan. I cannot comprehend how you cope with the temperatures you cope with. Yikes! I could not do it! God bless. xoxo

You have a fab Saturday also Pam! Todd and I are not fond of the shorter days. Like you we get a lot less done. xoxo

We do but we never go out because we don't want to leave the dog at home alone Linda. She hates the fireworks! Love and hugs. xoxo

La Table De Nana said...

Heat has been on here too..I love little hedgehogs so much!

Marie Rayner said...

They are such cute and peaceful little animals Monique. They don't have a vicious bone in their bodies. Loving your photos on Instagram! Why had I never discovered Instagram before? I have you to thank for introducing me to it! xoxo

La Table De Nana said...

Its funny I joined a few years ago..and never posted..and never posted..and never had a second thought about it..until my girls recently convinced me..♥

Marie Rayner said...

I am really enjoying it! Found a bunch of doll makers and am enthralled! ♥♥♥

LeAnn said...

Wow, I am so amazed at how God has created and made everything to just work together to keep this beautiful creation continuing. To bad that man makes such a mess of things. I loved all your thoughts. We don't get many Trick or Treaters either. I haven't carved a pumpkin for several years; but we do decorate our porch.
Hope Todd and you have a sweet Halloween. I really enjoyed your photos and the poem; was lovely.
Sending love and hugs your way~

Marie Rayner said...

You have a sweet Halloween too LeAnn! Love and hugs right back! xoxo