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

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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 Colours, Blessings

Autumn Blessings

Photos by Hamlin Grange

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“In the midst of it all, however, we keep giving thanks. I keep reminding myself that there is no perfect moment in life when all our problems are solved forever. So, let us seek out our blessings wherever they are, whenever they come, and be grateful for them.” (Cynthia, in a note to a friend.)

Autumn is bittersweet.

Blog Photo - Autumn road ahead

It’s the most gorgeous season of my year — its colours so brilliant, they glow. 

Blog Photo - Autumn Tree and Fence

But Autumn also brings a warning.  Of the freezing cold of December, January, February and March. 

My meditation coach would remind me to live “in the moment”.  St. Paul’s writings declare that worry solves nothing; the key is to find contentment in your present situation. 

Blog Photo - Autumn Jacko

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Will I ever get used to Autumn, in all its fleeting beauty? Or is its brevity key to its glory?

Decades of witnessing Autumn and I am still in awe of it. Every year.  

Blog Photo - Autumn Leaves CU

It is, I know, a gradual arrival; colours brighten and deepen on apples, wild berries, shrubs, trees and vines.

Blog - Ripening apples in tree

And yet, there is always a day in October when it catches me by surprise. Every year.  

Blog Photo - autumn - trees on N Road

Suddenly it’s Autumn, arrived fully dressed. 

I catch myself holding my breath…. because there are still sights like this, moments like this, that take one’s breath away.

How can it possibly be this beautiful? I wonder.  That same question, every year.

I wish it could last a bit longer. The resplendence of it, the blazing glory of it, the time before strong winds and heavy rains strip the leaves from trees and leave them naked.

Blog Photo - Autumn Trees 1

I wonder: without the leaves that clothe them, do trees shiver in the cold? Do they regret the passing of their most beautiful season? Or do they give thanks for the respite of winter? For the leaves that, having fallen, will now plenish the soil around their roots? 

Blog Photo - Autumn trees 3

But there I go again. 

So I return to the now. The wonder and splendour of now.

Blog Photo - Autumn Vines Wall Wide-shot

I give thanks for the gifts of this particular autumn. The passing parade of colours outside,  the constant love of my family inside.

The steadying hand of my husband; the care and kindness of my daughters, sons-in-law, and siblings during challenging times. These are love’s own true colours.

Blog Photo - Autumn and sign on door

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This Autumn, there’s also Myrtle the Purple Turtle, published 28 years after it was written as a bedtime story. Our family feels doubly blessed that Myrtle is touching other lives. 

Life goes through its seasons, yes. Some days are a trial, yes.  But:

Let us seek out our blessings wherever they are, whenever they come, and be grateful for them.

Blog Photo - Autumn Trees 2

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Dedicated to my family.

 

 

 

 

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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!