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A Walk in th Fall Woods

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Blue Sky, Autumn Leaves

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Brilliant

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Peaceful Path

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Towering Gold

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Stripes

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Saturday was a moody day, with banks of threatening clouds moving in to obscure the sun before scudding benignly away. Near the end of the day, the sun won out, and lit the early evening sky, setting the treetops ablaze.

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I thought the dry summer we experienced might have had a negative impact on the fall leaf display, but that hasn’t been the case. The trees have been beautiful.

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Summer has truly been going out in a blaze of glory, one last gift from Gaia before the snow flies and we settle into the monochromatic landscape of winter.

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Here is a gallery of photographs taken Saturday evening. It features the trees around the house alight with the fires of autumn.

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This weekend, the weather was intermittently rainy and blustery. Although there were still some pleasant sunny patches, and the temperature was not too cold, the wind and rain were enough to bring down a lot of the fall leaves, leaving many of the trees looking bare and wintry by this morning.

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The fall colours are definitely past their best, and before they disappear completely for another year, I thought I’d post a few photographs taken over the last couple of weeks.

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The colours seemed slow to take hold this year, perhaps a result of the dry weather we had this summer. However, in the last few days of peak season, there seemed to be a burst of brilliance and we were treated to a wonderful display.

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In order to accommodate busy schedules, we celebrated Thanksgiving a week late and just had our family dinner this weekend. It was wonderful to have our three daughter and assorted beaus, not to mention dogs, here together.

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We enjoyed the traditional turkey dinner, with our usual Brussels sprouts and turnip and squash. We topped it off with grape and pumpkin pies.

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On television lately, there have been some very nice commercials produced for Maple Leaf Foods. They feature families and friends gathered together for an evening meal and are accompanied by a verse that captures the essence of sharing a Thanksgiving dinner together.

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Here it is:

Sun heads west,
Smells get sweet.
Stop spinning world,
For now we eat!

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Swapping tales,
Taking time,
With luscious feasts
And all that’s prime.

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In quilts of memories,
Smiles are threads.
Not yet night!
We’re breaking bread.

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On Sunday, I drove north to visit Ponygirl. Although her home is only half an hour distant from here, I got my first glimpse of real snow for this winter. While we had rain, just those few miles north, they got snow. There was an inch and a half deep blanket covering the ground and roof tops. The tree branches were outlined in white and any remaining leaves had gathered big white puffballs of snow that looked like Christmas decorations.

Most of the trees have dropped their leaves. The last show of colour around the house is courtesy of the young oak trees, which are still holding on to their rusty display. The oak leaves inspired me to get out the cookie cutters I purchased during our September vacation in Pennsylvania and make sugar cookies.

Today’s entry brings the post count at Willow House Chronicles to 637. With the changing of the seasons, I feel it is time for a little change too, and am going to take a few weeks holiday from posting. Thank you to all my readers and blog friends who make sharing a blog so satisfying. Be back soon!

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Soyfield Treeline

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Blue Sky Red Trees

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Forest Fire

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Archway

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Evening

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