While I love fall, I also love these days when I can begin to ANTICIPATE fall. Because half the fun of a thing, is looking forward to it. Hmmm. Maybe more than half the fun!
As I get out and take Thistle for walks, or open my window on a cool morning, I’m definitely seeing signs that autumn is stirring, sifting through her closet, and debating which of her russet skirts to wear this year. So I thought I’d take a moment to count the signs of autumn approaching in Appalachia:
- Unexpectedly cool, crisp air that makes me want to breathe deep and turn my eyes to the sky.
- That suddenly brilliant, blue sky!
- Apples! Apple pies, applesauce, applebutter, apple cake . . .
- Goldenrod, joe pye weed, ironweed, maiden’s bower, and asters growing along dirt roads.
- Thistles aflutter with butterflies.
- Milkweed pods!
- Cleaning out the garden and preserving the last of the season’s bounty.
I could go on. What signs of fall are you seeing in your neck of the woods?