A Good Home, Trees in autumn

Golden Woods

Early in October, I wished aloud for the leaves to stay on the trees ‘for a couple weeks longer this autumn’, and this morning I realized my wish. 

Blog Photo - autumn woods view from window

It’s a grey day but you wouldn’t know it. Not when the trees themselves seem to glow with their own sunshine. 

No matter which window we look through, the woods are golden.

Blog Photo - autumn woods trees in the valley

Blog Photo - autumn woods treetops

Blog Photo - autumn woods with wall 3

Reader beware: Hamlin Grange didn’t take any of these photos, so they are below his standards — sorry!

As Hamlin often asks,“What is the focal point of these photos, Cynthia?” And as I always reply, “Focal point? What’s that?

Blog Photo - autumn woods shrubs and trees

I have to remind him that there’s a reason I failed photography in journalism school. But never mind the photography or lack thereof. Aren’t these trees a sight for sore eyes?

Blog Photo - autumn woods tree

Blog Photo - autumn woods birch leaves outside, orchid on windowsill

Yes, those are orchids inside on the window sill. It never occurred to me to move them out of the way!

With apologies to Hamlin.

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A Drive in the Country, A Good Home, Autumn Colours, Ontario Autumn, Trees in autumn

A Glorious Drive in The Country

Photos by Hamlin Grange

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One of the nicest things to do in Ontario’s early autumn, is to go for a drive in the country. We drove north of Bowmanville then east to Baltimore and Warkworth in Northumberland County. Northumberland County is east of Toronto, and is an area of outstanding natural beauty — especially in autumn.

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Blog Photo - Bowmanville Fall Drive - road and countryside

Blog Photo - Autumn Countryside Horses in field

Blog Photo - Bowmanville Fall Drive - Hay

Blog Photo - Autumn Countryside car on Road and trees on hill

Blog Photo - Autumn countryside Cows in Pasture

Blog Photo - Bowmanville Fall Drive -Hay CU.jpg

Blog Photo - Bowmanville Fall Drive - Silos and Barn with red door

Blog Photo - Bowmanville Fall Drive Road and tree and Flag

Blog Photo - Autumn People smile at girl and pig

Blog Photo - Autumn girl with Pet Pig

Blog Photo - Bowmanville Fall drive - road and trees

A Good Home, Autumn, Autumn leaves, Trees in autumn

Autumnal Tasks

 

Autumn is here, rustling all of the leaves

Soon ’twill be time to take care of the eaves

Last time we didn’t, we paid a big price

The eavestroughs were clogged, a magnet for ice

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And speaking of leaves, I’ve had cause to wonder

Why don’t they stay near their trees over yonder?

Why does the wind blow them into our place

Why, when around them is so much free space?

Photo by Hamlin Grange

And speaking of wind, there’s a shutter gone loose

Far up near the roof, nearly high as the spruce

And if it should fall, it may land on our heads

Or just fly away as we sleep in our beds

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And speaking of beds, there’s the garden to tend

And errors we really must hasten to mend

Those wild strangling vines and the tough creeping Jenny

You put up with one and you end up with many.

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And speaking of errors, that tree we bought little

Has outgrown its place — but is fit as a fiddle

Too big to dig up but too nice to chop down

Which leaves us between both a smile and a frown

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And speaking of digging, some pesky wild thing

Has me gathering stones, and I’m ready to fling

It’s digging  our daffodil bulbs from the soil

It’s making a mockery of all our hard toil

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“You terrible wretch!” I shout, all dignity lost

(‘Cause bulbs must be planted before the hard frost)

“You do this once more and I’ll wring your foul neck!”

But Squirrel just smirks and says: “What the heck?”

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A Good Home, Autumn, Fall colours, Gratitude, Nature, Ontario Autumn, Photographs, Spiritual, Trees in autumn

Autumn Colours in Ontario

Thanks to Hamlin Grange for his lovely photographs

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Imagine my first autumn in Canada. I’d come here from Jamaica, where the trees and shrubs didn’t change colours — unless you counted the parade of blooms on shrubs like bougainvillea and trees like the poinciana.

Autumn in Ontario was a wonderland of changing colours and scents. The fresh smell of a cool fall day, the rain having come overnight and disappeared by morning, replaced by brilliant sunshine. The smell of wood logs burning in the fireplace.  The blazing colours of the trees. And the shrubs.  And the pumpkins.

Photo by Hamlin Grange
Photo by Hamlin Grange

Photo by Hamlin Grange

 Colours, glorious colours. 

I had seen pictures, but the first time I beheld the autumn colours with my own eyes, I was astonished. When I realized that the leaves would soon fall and the maple and oak trees would be stripped of their glory, leaving bare branches and trunks behind,  I wanted to find a way to stop time.

Photo by Hamlin Grange
Photo by Hamlin Grange
Photo by Hamlin Grange
Photo by Hamlin Grange
Photo by Hamlin Grange
Photo by Hamlin Grange

It’s many years later. You’d think I’d be used to the sight of Ontario’s autumn colours by now. But they still surprise me, still make my face break out in a foolish smile whenever I see what nature has wrought.  Even on those days of awful pain and reduced mobility, when I am stuck inside the house, looking through windows,  it seems to me that the air outside shimmers with a golden beauty.

I’m thankful for the sights and scents of the autumn.  And glad to share with you a few scenes of the fall colours in Ontario. Enjoy!