It is not uncommon for the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’* to give these islands a miss. It is looking like this will be one of those years when we will have an Indian summer throughout October and possibly beyond. Faced with unrelentingly warm temperatures, blue skies and nary a spot of rain, it is hard to remember that in most places, cardigans, shoes and socks are the order of the day and that autumn is a reality and not just a dream. Of all our seasons, autumn is the most fickle and each year I play a guessing game with myself – will autumn show up or not?
I know that by now, in many places, the trees are starting to turn golden and red and orange and a part of me longs to witness nature’s special spectacle every autumn. I experienced this wonder of nature for the first time when we lived in Chesterfield (MO). It seemed like the trees changed their colour over-night, as if someone had stayed up all night and painstakingly painted the leaves one by one.
Surrounded by such beauty and having a lot of time on my hands (I did not work at the time) I had gotten creative and made this wreath, which has made it all the way to Malta, although its significance is rather lost here as almost nobody does any seasonal decorating (except for Christmas of course). Perhaps I should start a new trend?
Maybe instead of waiting for autumn to show up I should just create autumn inside our home. I found some excellent sites that can help me achieve this without too many problems. Here is short list of some wonderful ideas that you can re-create in your home or with your family.
With over 530 links, you will have plenty of ideas on how to decorate your mantel, shelf or ledges for fall.
Stuck for ideas on how to entertain the kids? 50 fun fall activities to do with your kids will provide you with plenty of inspiration and will ensure that you make a lot of memories along the way.
I really would like to make this pumpkin roll. It looks delicious.
Since the leaves don’t change colour here perhaps I can make pretty leaves myself. This tutorial gives step by step instructions on how to make wax paper and crayon fall leaves. Dare I ?
So while I wait and hope for this season to slowly make its way to our shores, I can always look at these 50 stunning fall foliage photos and dream …
Meanwhile I wish you all lots of …
* quoted from “Ode To Autumn” by John Keats
The Colours of Fall
Chesterfield (MO), November 2003