Enchanting, abundant Autumn

It was frosty yesterday morning, the car windscreen needed scraping. Now that it’s October it feels like Autumn has arrived. Only a couple of weeks ago it was swelteringly hot and now I’ve packed away my summer clothes. I’ve got out the jumpers and boots and even wore a scarf yesterday.

I love October, I love the colours; I see the word October as a russet, gold and yellow word with red highlights.

The words of the final verse of ‘A vagabond song’ by William Bliss Carman perfectly describe this exotic month:

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir,

We must rise and follow her,

When from every hill of flame,

She calls and calls each vagabond by name.

I find myself reverting to childhood and collecting every conker I see and kicking through the leaves on my dog walks. I love seeing the trees laden with berries and thinking how they will keep the birds fed through winter, until they eat the pyracantha berries last of all- so I always assume they like them the least. I’ve been photographing images of Autumn from the garden and around where we live, here are a few colours to share :

I’ve been using the last of what we’ve grown in the garden, there isn’t much left just these:

The chard still looks bright and fresh and there’s a bit of rhubarb,  the tomatoes are all but finished.

October also means Halloween and carving pumpkins. Where we live if you put one in the window the local children call to ‘trick or treat’, I still carve one and get some sweets in even though my family is adult now, this is last year’s :

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Such a smiley inviting face!

I hope my photos have painted October the way I see it!

On the subject (ish) of Halloween, I just finished the 4th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the winner and my favorite so far was Sharon Needles. Such an individual with the confidence to do it ‘her’ way. I link Sharon to Halloween because she’s a goth drag queen, brilliant!

Have a bright, abundant October week.

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