Thursday, October 07, 2010

Oh, October...

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

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It's so true, that quote. The afternoons have been stunning lately. Golden and warm and almost summery. The way the light falls on the sunflowers, and through the changing colours of the leaves... it's just beautiful. But the mornings and the evenings? Well, they're pretty in a misty sort of way. But they are getting cold. My feet are chilly on our hardwood floors every night (and when I get up in the morning... brr!) I've been avoiding the woodstove though. I'm not sure if I didn't really want to admit that summer is over, or if I was just trying to prevent the inevitable dust that comes with burning wood (I hate dusting...) I've been putting on an extra sweater every evening, and trying to pretend my fingers aren't numb. But last night I couldn't do it anymore. I finally gave in. The boys and I brought in several stacks of firewood. And then... I lit a roaring fire in the woodstove. And oh, the air was so warm and it was so cozy in the living room. Turns out I loved it! I remembered how pleasant and relaxing it is to sit by the fire and listen to it crackle while you drink hot chocolate (with Baileys, if you've got a bottle...) and read a really good book. And then I did just that.

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Does it feel like autumn has truly arrived where you are?


  1. Oh, yes indeed, it has! And a little too early I think.

  2. a fire and bailey's? sounds delightful! apparently it was the hottest day EVER in los angeles last week while we were on our honeymoon, but since we've been back it's been cold and rainy. it has felt so much like fall and i've been loving it! although i can't find my sweaters (we packed them deep in storage when we decided to move to l.a. - what were we thinking?!). the trees here are even losing their leaves! that never happened in san francisco. i've been getting totally excited about all the wonderful things that come with fall - pumpkins, apple cider, fall festivals, firepits, costume parties, dinners with friends, and roasting things!

  3. It's coming, slowly but surely and I'm soaking it in.

  4. Golly, Erin, this post is just so incredibly beautiful. It definitely feels like fall here -- actually, it even feels sort of like winter (a San Diegan winter that is). I started wearing long pajama pants and a longer sleeved shirt to bed. What's wild is that last Monday it was over 100 degrees here; this past Monday it was about 60. It's just odd.

  5. HEJ Erin

    Loving the autumn photo's
    There is nothing better snuggled up in front of a cosy fire, hot chocolate and marshmallows for me or if I'm feeling particularly naughty BAILEY's straight poured over ice...
    The last photo reminds conjures up for me images of the cottage in the film THE HOLIDAY...just my favourite film ever Have you seen it?
    Have a wonderful weekend

  6. I love Autumn and I had a great idea... want to go to NYC in the fall? Not this fall, obviously but one in the future? I thought you, Mom and I could take a girls trip in a couple years. Stroll through Central Park, sip tea at Serendipity, see a Broadway show and enjoy fall in NY. What do ya think?

  7. Amanda... Do I want to go to New York City in the fall? Hell, yeah!!! That would be fantastic. I'm thinking of all the lovely autumn scenes in You've Got Mail, and they make me feel so happy. Great plan. Let's get on it!

  8. The photograph is mine and is in Perthshire, Scotland. A fabulous area in autumn.


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