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Autumn Burned Brightly, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.” ~ Faith Baldwin ~

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My Tall & Handsome took today’s picture the other day on our drive through Washington Valley. It had been a drizzly, overcast day. A few areas actually had sleet that day. A perfect day for a drive to take in the glorious colors of autumn.

This picture also serves to show why Washington Valley is indeed a valley…it IS a little valley nestled by mountains on either side.

And, Autumn is burning brightly…

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It Speaks Bliss to Me, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, Fluttering from the autumn tree” ~ Emily Bronte ~

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There is a place very close to where I live called Washington Valley. I had never taken Tall & Handsome to this favorite spot of mine, so while we were out the other day we ventured that way.

It was on our drive through Washington Valley that the three white tail deer scampered across the road in front of use. It was an experience you would expect to have in Cades Cove near the Smoky Mountains and not just a few miles north of the largest city in Alabama.

I love this little spot…especially in the fall…because it speaks bliss to me…

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One Autumnal Face, by Beverly Hicks Burch

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace ; As I have seen in one autumnal face.” ~ John Donne ~

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It may just be me, but fall has been spectacular and brilliant this year!

In this season of thankfulness, here is but one reason I am content and happy to live where I live. While we were out driving amongst the serene beauty of nature Wednesday, three deer scampered out of the woods and across the road in front of us. They quickly disappeared into the forest on the other side of the road.

Amongst all of this, it was so easy to forget the worries on the mind and just how close to a bustling metropolis we really live. It was also easy to be transported in time to another place and time.

Courtesy of one autumnal face…

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Welcome to Fall, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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It’s been a very busy time around our household. And, we’re entering a time of the year when things get even busier. This week in particular we’ve been as busy as a one armed wall paper hanger (as the old timer use to say).

But, I just so happened to have my camera with me yesterday and I made a point of taking some time to take some pictures of the glorious colors blessing our surroundings at the moment. This particular picture was taken at the entrance of an “estate” near where my folks live.

Yesterday was cloudy, drizzling and cold! There were actually some places here in central Alabama that saw sleet yesterday. In my humble opinion, it was the perfect fall day…

“It was one of those perfect…autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.” ~ P. D. James ~

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Tree Ablaze, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf’s a flower. ~ Albert Camus ~

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We had to run to the post office the other day and as I sat in the Jeep I happened to notice the wonderful color in the trees surrounding the post office. I don’t know if it’s just me, but am I the only one to get carried away by this time of the year? I so love the colors, the weather, the food, the promise of the upcoming holidays…I just love fall!

Fall tends to arrive a little later here in the South than it does up North. Some years I’ve seen fall color here well into November. This year some of the trees have passed peak and others are just now beginning to come into their autumn glory.

The tree in today’s picture looks like it’s about to burst into flame. It was just stunning to see it and the others lined up in front of the post office. It certainly help start my day off on the right foot…bright and cheerful…

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Acorns, by Beverly Hicks Burch

We really do have seasons this far South. Especially where I’m located in northeastern/central Alabama. We have rolling mountain tops with names like Pine Mountain, Straight Mountain, Simmons Mountain, Red Mountain (named that because of all the red iron ore buried deep within). Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain meander down into Alabama from Tennessee.

I once talked to someone from another country who was visiting Alabama and they were quite surprise with what they had witnessed. They had been schooled with the knowledge that Alabama was a hot barren desert!

Well, today’s picture certainly disproves that misinformation.

As you can see this is an oak tree in the process of turning for fall. My extra fascination with this shot was the acorns. Why? Well, glad you asked..

You see, the acorn “crop” can vary from year to year. A few years ago I lived in a house that had a large uncovered deck that had oak limbs draping over the deck providing shade. It really was wonderful because you felt like you were in a tree house.

But, of course these oak trees had acorns! Some years they dropped tiny little acorns that would almost crunch under you feet should you step on them.

Other times? Well, you just about needed a hard hard because the acorns that were dropping were gigantic!! When these puppies hit the deck it was like bombs dropping…and heaven forbid they hit the metal garbage can!!! Cause then we had our own Stomp musical!

I kind feel these large acorns might be a harbinger of winter. I’ve seen a lot of those hairy caterpillars inching their way around here and the old timers swear if you see an abundance of them…get ready for a really bad winter!

For now, I’ll just enjoy fall…

Acorns

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Turning of the Sumac, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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There’s nothing quite as spectacular as the sumac in the South as it begins to turn during the fall. By the time of its transformation it will we a glorious scarlet.

Many consider sumac a trash shrub that grows on the side of the road and sometimes creeps into the borders of our lawns. Although some Middle Eastern cultures use the fruit from the sumac “bobs” as spice in hummus, rice, meats and salads.

I don’t know about eating it…that’s right up there with kudzu as far as I’m concerned…but it’s certainly wonderful to look at in its autumn glory.

This little sumac tree is growing on the edge of my folks bluff.

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Ignoring that Sea of Brown, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Yesterday I was over at my parents and I took a stroll down the path that skirts the bluff on the outer edge of their property. I shared a walk down that dappled lane back in June, but I wanted to see if autumn had made its brilliant changes yet.

While still just as wonderful to meander down, there were only just a few sign of autumn beginning to show. The trees that were sheltering me on both sides had not yet began to put on the coats of many colors, but I was able to find some bits and pieces of color and autumn here and there.

Over the next few days I’ll share a few of those bits and pieces. And, when the path is clothed in all its glory, I’ll try to catch it at just the right time…

This particular little leaf struck my fancy because it was surrounded by a sea of brown. The position and way it was tucked in that sea of brown gave the impression of a proud feather riding proudly in the band of a hat…on top of the world instead of on the ground engulfed by brown…

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“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish” ~ John Jakes ~

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It’s Almost Here…, by Beverly Hicks Burch

 

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It won’t be sneaking down your chimney to eat cookies, but we’re counting down to one of my favorite times of the year. Yes, this coming Saturday will mark the official first day of autumn.

If I could bring in a choir to sing a rousing “amen” chorus for you, or better yet a group of pipers (bagpipers) playing a haunting chorus of Amazing Grace, well, then I’d do that, too…just to show you how much I love this time of the year. First cool snap we have I drag out the soup pot and start making wonderful soups…and I admit to playing a Christmas carol or two just to get in practice for the upcoming season. And, I can’t wait to have the first fire of the year in the fireplace.

I hate summer, by the way…have I mentioned that?

August was mercifully cool and we have had some rain, so I’m crossing my fingers for some great color this year!

If I had those pipers, you could hear the the music of the pipes echoing through the valleys of the mountains you see peeking just behind those trees.

It’s heaven up here…

“ What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn!” ~ Logan Pearsall Smith ~

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Labor Day…Goodbye, Summer, by Beverly Hicks Burch

just in time

It’s been a crazy summer…in many ways…

About mid-summer we had unrelenting heat. I’m talking about fry those eggs on the sidewalk heat. And although it wasn’t the driest I’d ever seen, it had been dry. We had decided to establish another container garden…a prep for a garden in the future; we had a Japanese maple to set out and lots of weeding to do because absolutely none was done while we were living out of state.

Then August rolled around and it was unseasonably cooler with some evenings dipping into the 50s in parts of the state. And, then Isaac hit and sections of the state were hit with torrential rain. Needless to say, drought conditions were broken and were no longer standing after Isaac.

Our goals were prioritized this year: Revamp and update the inside of the house – check. Get moved in and settled – pretty much check, although I still have a guest room I’m working on.

But, and this is still a really big but…shape up the yard and work on the front porch and decks and clean out the garage. That one task makes my teeth itch just thinking about it…yeah, that bad…

Decks are coming along and the front porch is shaping up, too, just in time to enjoy it for fall.

A couple a Saturdays or so Tall & Handsome finally hung the porch swing we bought about two years ago. It was an all day project and almost put him down with heat stroke because he had to crawl up in the attic to make sure there was enough support to hang the swing. The fact he didn’t eat or drink anything even after I recommended he do so had a tad to do with that, but we won’t discuss that…

Only major thing missing on the front porch are the ceiling fans. I had some when I first built the house back it Nov. 2001 but a tornado rumbled through and sucked those puppies off the porch ceiling. I was going through a divorce and then I remarried and we moved out of state for a while so I just capped the outlet boxes and now that we’re home I’m back in the market for ceiling fans.

This past Monday was Labor Day here in the States, a holiday. It was rainy and cool. T & H had the day off. That morning I happened to noticed him missing and I found him outside sitting on the porch swing with a cup of coffee and his Nook. I grabbed a cup of Golden French Toast coffee and joined him. As we gently swayed in the swing I noticed that leaves have the slightest tinge of color and a few were beginning to fall.

It was a very good day…

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