Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Welcome October

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The fields are harvested and bare,
And Winter whistles through the square.
October dresses in flame and gold
Like a woman afraid of growing old.
-Anne Mary Lawler

Now Indian summer arrives, a change of season that's more a sense of memory than a date with the calendar. Finally, the heat is passing. Gradually familiar surroundings don a rustic palate of jewel tones that dazzle with their beauty. Let October seduce you with her charms. "Beguile us in the way you know," poet Robert Frost entreated this season of abundance. "Release one leaf at the break of day."

~Plan an outing to a pumpkin patch or farmers' market. Select the perfect jack-o'-lantern, but get an assortment of smaller pumpkins on which to carve different designs, like checkerboarrds, hearts, or the moon and stars. Pie pumkins are the perfect size for creating luminaries for steps or driveways, and the midget pumpkins make charming votive candle holders for dinner tables.

~ Create a seasonal table. Set aside one small space on which to arrange an autumnal still life: wheat sheaves, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, or bittersweet, with bouquets of dried flowers and preserved autumn leaves.

~ Dress up for Halloween, or at least find yourself a wonderful mask to wear when opening the front door.

~ This is the month to plant crocus, daffodils, and tulips outdoors for next spring's season of showing off.

~ If you live in a four-season climate, take a Sunday drive in the country to revel in Mother Nature's flamboyant fancy dress. Pack a picnic. Linger as long as you can.

- from Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach


Sacred Suzie said...

What a beautiful, poetic and visual "ode to autumn" Tracy. I loved it. I really enjoy Robert Frost's writing in particular. I just got Martha's October magazine, I get that issue every year. I just love the pictures and her ideas are amazing.

Autumn blessings to you!

Lady Laurie said...

These are some wonderful ideas. October is such a pretty month. We've lived in quite a few states and October is lovely no matter where you live!