October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came – The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name. The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand, Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band.
Theresa at run-a-round-ranch posted photos of spring wildflowers yesterday and as we are now in autumn/fall I decided to post some photos of our trees in all their glory.
The Fern Leaf Maple is certainly changing colour and almost daily.
The beech forest is a perfect backdrop to the Lacy Lady Maples, but the Bloodgood Maple is looking very sad except for the new leaves sprouting.
The Architect used to live two sites down from where we are now and this is the drive down to that house.
The Pin Oak in the neighbour’s garden
View of both neighbour’s houses with their trees looking beautiful.
So while we are happy for our friends in the Northern Hemisphere who are enjoying the Spring, we are enjoying the Autumn/Fall here and its almost daily changes of colours to our trees.
Note – Please substitute May for October in the opening quote as we are in the Southern Hemisphere.
How quickly the weeks pass and it’s already Saturday again and time for Six Word Saturday. If you would like to participate please either click on the picture above or click this link.
SWEEPING THE PATIO – CLEARING THE LEAVES
At the beginning of my blogging adventures I wrote a post about Gardening and Other Pleasures and bemoaned the fact that I had a tree that dropped its leaves all around the back courtyard. I quickly reminded myself that I should be grateful that I had a back courtyard and the lovely tree to drop its leaves. That was in April.
By May I had the offending tree cut back ( not down because the tree man thought its roots were probably holding up the bank) and I wrote a blog What a Difference a Day Makes about the patio minus the leaves. Now some 14 months on and the tree is sprouting (and has been for some months) and dropping those bl–dy leaves again.
After days of rain when leaves and everything else is damp underfoot, today dawned bright, sunny and dry. And the temperature even climbed up to about 15 degrees Centigrade (about 60 degrees Fahrenheit) so we swept up the leaves again. What a difference looking out the dining room doors now with the leaves gone – until tomorrow or Monday that is. Yes, I am reminding myself again, just how lucky I am to have this pleasant, safe and secure, warm house, a courtyard and trees and of course, my faithful companion Lotte. Not to forget my friend who willingly helps me with these chores.
Leaves have gone
So now the next job is to paint all the brickwork white. As you can see parts of it were white at some stage. And from that post in May last year :
“A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. ”
D. Elton Trueblood, 1900 – 1994,
noted 20th century American Quaker author and theologian.
- Six Word Saturday (susanwritesprecise.com)
- Why am I raking leaves in July? (ireport.cnn.com)
- Six Word Saturday #13 (motherwifestudentworker.wordpress.com)