Sunday Morning on the Farm

We need to bring in more wood.  I shall find some more kindling.  Empty the ash into the compost.   A wood fire is far more warming than the furnace.  And delightful as well. The grandfather clock chimes and the morning is still.  Blue jays call in the distance.  Steam rises from my coffee cup as…

Natural Notes and Cozy Decorating

I carefully arranged the candles and the oil lamps.  Fluffed the fur pillows.  I hung things on the wall, then took them back down.  I took the curtains down.  I added a tchotchke, took it out.  Peace and serenity is what I desired.  I turned the guest room into our bedroom and will turn our…

Two Easy, Delicious Dinners for Autumn

Green tomatoes are piled up in a basket, each turning red one by one.  There are spices in the cupboard.  We have piles of retrieved peppers before frost. Autumn Curry Curries are so versatile and very easy.  For this one, I chopped up a head of cauliflower and rinsed a can of chickpeas.  I spread…

The End of Summer

The end of summer. ‘Twas yesterday eve that I felt the shift.  The night temperatures would fall much too cold for summer crops.  I gathered my long shawl- orange and reds to match the changing leaves- across my hair and over my shoulders to keep the encroaching dusk chill away and gathered my baskets. Out…

Chilies and Adobe; Pueblo’s Fall Festival

The streets were blocked off and thousands of people descended upon our small city for the Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival.  The bright colors of chile ristras create a festive glow and the annual event corresponds with harvest and the autumn.  I brought home a wreath of colorful chilies. At the El Pueblo Museum the…

The Autumn Golden Light

The light filters golden beneath the woolen sky Illuminating Autumn’s radiance through leaves of brilliance Maddening shorter days and nights I know winter is yet to come Still, that filtered golden light glows and magnifies the beauty of Fall and I am hopelessly in love with it all As the trees loosen their cloaks of crimson…

Actually Moving and the Garden that Keeps Giving

In many ways I haven’t actually “moved” to Pueblo.  Perhaps because out of all the places I have lived Elbert county was the first place that ever felt like home to us.  Slowly, slowly I am moving to Pueblo.  We have been here nine months now.  I changed my bank last week.  I do my…

The Autumn Gardens (Spring and Fall Crops and the Great Harvest)

Fall crops grow beautifully and swiftly in their haphazard rows. The spring crops that I painstakingly place inches apart in the early cool of spring take awhile to germinate in the cold and then go to seed when summer decides to come on strong.  When those very same seeds are planted in  late July or early August they germinate…

Whispers of Autumn

  Even without a calendar without a clock on the wall I would know it’s Autumn I can feel that it is Fall.   Perhaps the filter of the light smoky golden rosy glow I hear geese coming back the birds surely know.   Slight coolness in its changing breath such odd stillness in the…