Monday, October 12, 2009


I took these (arguably inadequate) images on my way to my friend Jeannette's for dinner on Saturday evening. It was a moody, autumn dusk. I could see my breath as I walked and the clouds were gathered ominously overhead.

The incomparable thing about living in a really northern climate, is that you get to see the splendour of seasonal change in high-relief. Trees go from summer green to fiery red or burnt yellow in the blink of an eye.

As I walked, I felt such gratitude for my numerous good fortunes, among them, access to beautiful food and warm shelter, for family, friends and health. The sun set and the chill rose; I smelled burning leaves and woodsmoke all around me. Those are the best smells in the world, I thought, as I walked - bundled - all along my way.


  1. I love the color of fall leaves, the crisp air, the smell of woodsmoke. It sounds like a lovely weekend.

  2. I completely agree. California was nice, but I MISSED the seasons. And autumn is fantastic for generating wistful gratitude.

  3. Beautiful. Love how you describe it. I live in perpetual Spring. Oh but I'd love to wear a coat and scarf sometime.

  4. Mardel: I know you can relate!

    Sal: Wistful gratitude. What a great way to say it...

    Tessa: Perpetual spring is lovely, till you can't stand the gorgeousness anymore :-)

  5. So beautiful. Would you take a deep breath or two of that gorgeously crisp autumnal air? Le sigh! I can almost smell it as I look at your photos.

  6. Gorgeous leaves, lovely passage... happy Thanksgiving, darling! I love the things your are grateful for :)


  7. Oh that first picture is soooooooo beautiful!!!!
    Hope you're having a nice and happy Thanksgiving!!!


  8. Are you having traditional food today or are you being creative?

  9. Bel: I'm inhaling for you!

    CC: Thanks!

    E: It actually was...

    Seeker: Thank you. We are having a relaxing day...

    Miss C: Not traditional here - we're not so turkey-loving in this house. We're experimenting tonight with pork roast rubbed in cumin with a wild mushroom jalapeno sauce and roasted veggies. Alas, the jalapeno seems to have gone missing so we're winging it with pepper sauce. This should be interesting.

  10. The pork roast sounds great.. enjoy!

  11. Hi. Beautifully described. I love the season changes. The nature change its colors and it's great when you can smell the autumn. I think that spring and autumn are two best periods of the year and each one is so different. Walking in the park is my favorite activity in these days.

    Good luck,

  12. D: It was truly yummy...

    Julie: Thanks for your comment... I agree that spring and fall are the tops in TO!