Pale amber sunlight falls across
The reddening October trees . . .
Are we not better and at home
In dreamful Autumn, we who deem
No harvest joy is worth a dream?
A little while and night shall come,
A little while, then, let us dream . . .
~ Ernest Dowson
I have a rabbit – surprise – a rabbit – that sits on the kitchen countertop. It holds a ceramic signboard. It’s a lot like those Italian chefs or portly pigs made for posting the menu of the day. While I do display the menu at some gatherings, most of the time I use my rabbit friend for snippets of seasonal poetry and quotes. At the moment the first two lines of Dowson’s poem, with a little artwork scribbled around the edges, is gracing the kitchen. The way the wind is blustering through the treetops outside, it won’t be long until the “reddening October trees” are bare and brown.
Last week, however, the air was soft and warm, breezes caressed and the sky was a remarkable blue – an autumn day like the ones so pleasantly and nostalgically recalled not only by poets, but by all of us. We will have more of these lovely days – and soon as an Indian Summer – summery weather after a freeze – is predicted for later this week. Our sweet and talented neighbor Kelly Bazely, took time out of her busy schedule to do a photo shoot of autumn at our house. She captured all the special little autumn details inside and out, and I’m thrilled to be able to share them with you.