I’ve been a wee bit lax when it comes to posting lately. No really good excuse – except clouds! It’s hard to take good pictures when it’s been cloudy and pictures are always what inspires me to blog.
But, cloudy or sunny, blessings abound, so I want to join with Susanne at Living To Tell The Story as we compile our blessing lists!
1. Leaves are beginning to turn.
October arrives in a swirl of fragrant blue leaf smoke, the sweetness of slightly frosted MacIntosh apples and little hard acorns falling. We are in the midst of cool, crisp days, purple mists and nature recklessly tossing her whole palette of dazzling tones through fields and woodlands.
That quote comes from The Shape of A Year, a month by month memoir of country living by Jean Hersey. I keep it by my reading chair and read a bit from it each season. Her writing reminds me of Gladys Taber and the Stillmeadow series.
2. Autumn is a little slow this year but it’s beginning to look, and feel, a little more “fallish”.
We haven’t had a frost yet so my flowers are blooming away brightly. We’re still digging carrots and potatoes for supper each evening. And I have a marvelous crop of pumpkins and squash. I roasted some of the acorn squash in the oven for Thanksgiving dinner and John whipped them with butter, nutmeg and a little cream. Oh my! Slightly decadent!
3. I’ve been reading some great books lately – slowly savouring a re-read of Pride and Prejudice. I have a 1976 edition, beautifully illustrated by Isabel Bishop, which belonged to my oldest sister, Pat. She tried to get me into Jane Austen for many years but I was a slow convert. I love to read her now.
I’m also reading/studying Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy with some very dear friends. Food for the soul!
At night I like to pick a children’s book off my shelves – something cosy and relaxing to help me drift off to sleep. I was looking for Farmer Boy and couldn’t find it – so I chose The Long Winter instead.
Hmmm – definitely not the type of book to put you to sleep. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it over the years – believe me, it’s numerous – but it’s still gripping. I read til past midnight and couldn’t put it down til Almanzo and Cap returned safely with the wheat!
4. Our wee grandgirlie is half a year old – who can believe it!
What joy she brings the whole family.
5. Lovely celebrations – our nephew’s wedding last Saturday, a lovely Thanksgiving family feast last Monday and next weekend, Roger and I, along with our church and community, will celebrate our 25th anniversary ministering here in Belfast. The Lord is good!
Here’s a picture from way back then – 21 years ago. In our Sunday morning finery 🙂
Thanks so much for dropping in for a visit.
with love and thanks for you,
Oh my goodness! Look what was in the island newspaper this morning!! Couldn’t resist sharing 🙂