Autumnal Colors
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 11:50

I am about a month late on posting this, but I wanted to share it anyhow. We had a beautiful autumn this year, and though there is technically still another month or so until the Winter Solstice, we are past the prime of glorious autumn. In the words of Shakespeare,

When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang/ Upon those boughs which shake against the cold.

Welcome to November. But that's today, another topic. These are from October, a time lovingly described by John Donne,

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace/as I have seen in one autumnal face.

View of Peter's Mountain From the BackyardOctober Maple and Catalpa Trees under a Blue SkyView of Peter's Mountain standing in front of the High Tunnel

Speaking of faces, I carved these two on October 6. My cheap, plastic pumpkin carving knife broke after I carved the round one and started the long one, so I had to use a kitchen knife to carve it. The walls were thick and tough and it was a lot harder to carve. The carvings are choppy and not as smooth, but I think it works. They were spectacularly spooky lit by candle light. By Halloween, they were rotten, moldy and good only for a haunted house or the compost pile. I was going for the symbolism, you know, death, decay and all of that Halloween stuff. The third picture was taken on October 22. By then they had started to mold and droop.

Pumpkins10Candlelit PumpkinsDroopy Pumpkins

This is the garage/barn on the property that we'll have access to use, hopefully by spring. We'll use it to store green house harvests and equipment and to dry herbs and garlic. In July last summer at one point we had over 500 pounds of tomatoes around the kitchen and dining room. I loved having them around, but it was hard to sacrifice counter, table and floor space for weeks at a time. Fortunately, this is the back of the building and the front is not overgrown, though we'll still have some work to do to get it ready for use. One thing for sure is that this open door will be closed and sealed. I wonder if there was originally a ladder or steps. It's kind of creepy and I can't even begin to imagine the amount of critters that are currently calling this place home. The third picture is one of many pieces of antiquated, broken-down, farm machinery around the property. It's one of the only ones I don't mind. The others can be an eye sore and look sloppy to me, but this one shines. I love the color and the shape and the size. The Earthy Cowboy has envisioned using it in a cartoon, like Cars. It has such personality.

Back of BarnTop Door on BarnOrange Farm Vehicle

This is the screened in porch of our house and I have found that I take this photo at least once a season. I love the gingerbread and the white paint and the view of Peter's Mountain. I also love that it's screened in. It's nice to sit out there and watch a thunderstorm roll by. The second image is the field behind our house. I try to also capture it several times a season. I am so thankful to live in this valley. And to think we found our little neck of the woods on Craigs List!

View of Peter's Mountain from the Screened-In PorchField In Autumn