Gift #892: Welcome Autumn

Happy Autumnal Equinox!  It’s finally, finally here – my favorite season!  I was even up to usher it in at its official arrival during the 4 o’clock hour (not intentionally, of course, but I did wake up then).

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When browsing for an appropriate quote or two to share in honor of autumn’s coming, I found this beautiful prayer.  It was uncredited, but it’s a lovely welcome to the harvest season.

“Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields,
The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth
And you walk under the red light of fall
The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain
The sharp, gentle chill of fall.
Here as we move into the shadows of autumn
The night that brings the morning of spring
Come to us, Lord Jesus
Teach us to be thankful for the gifts you bring us …”

I had planned to photograph some of the colorful leaves that have started to blow about the yard.  But as fate would have it, today they were in short supply and I didn’t find much evidence of fall’s arrival in the yard today.

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So instead, here are some pictures of fall decorations in the living room.  It’s been autumn inside for several weeks.  At top are some ceramic mushrooms in a planter filled with fall berries and leaves.  There’s also a flock of crows roosting in the pumpkins.  I’ve tried to employ them in housecleaning chores, but they’ll have none of it.  They just fly around at night with the bats, cawing and making a general nuisance of themselves.

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A peak on a bookshelf reveals a resin bird and mushroom (yes, there’s a mushroom obsession going on here), rocks from Colorado hikes, and a spray of aspen leaves from a lovely store in Denver.

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This is perhaps my favorite autumn decoration – a wrought iron pumpkin coach!  A flock of birds are thinking of taking it out for a midnight ride.  I did find one lonely, lovely yellow leaf in the yard.  I took it as a sign of autumn’s hello.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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