Tuesday, November 09, 2010

November Morn

It was frosty on the pasture early this morning, as November roused himself to pay a visit and remind us all that paradise doesn't last forever.

For a little while the roses in the garden glittered with an icy frosting

I have made a little Mind Map of the things I have to do today to get ready for Remembrance Day.

A ham to bake, and a pot of chili in the slow cooker.

Stacks of laundry from my foray into the linen closet yesterday
(and which today only requires ribbons tied around the stacks of towels and bedding
to make it look like the perfect Martha Stewart Cupboard!)

A new loaf of bread to set in the bread machine,
where it can mumble and grumble and come out
smelling delicious, square and crusty and inviting.

I put in a load of laundry, I start some music and then the Chili.
As I add the last of the onions to the meat and the peppers and the mushrooms
and the beans I see Charles getting the SUV out of the garage.

A honk, and then an invitation to go for a drive!

The chili will cook while I'm gone.  I will make the bread in the afternoon.
I put on a jacket and am off with the camera;  oh, careless of
all responsibilities, but the merry-go-round only goes
around once with the brass ring.....

The clouds are moody, but the valley still glows with a muted gold, - the grasses
range from a beautiful naples yellow to russet and greens
and down at Ginty's Pond a few ducks mess about in the far reaches amongst
the logs and bullrushes.

The birch trees are barren of leaves but their trunks have a silvery glow

Old familiar spots, - you've been here before, but have you ever seen them looking so 
lovely, so rich, so jewel-like????


Reader Wil said...

Thank you so much for the beautiful walk in your autumn environment. We are bound to face a gale tomorrow and buckets of water. So I'll stay indoors.
Thanks for the visit!

jabblog said...

Just glorious! The autumn light lends a different look to the landscape.

Wanda..... said...

Your post is a jewel, Hildred. I love your opening photo, it was just a hint of what was to come. I have bread baking in my bread machine also!

Barb said...

Indeed, the bread can wait, Hildred. I'm glad you took the drive - with the camera! The Similkameen is beautiful in all seasons, but in fall, your photos look like oil paintings with their rich textures and the glow of the light. I see the ducks in flight over Ginty's - wonderful! Old familiar spots are the best places to view the season's change.

Jama said...

Thanks for sharing your side of the world with me, these autumn views are stranger to us in Asia.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Rich and warm colors indeed!

I'm sending Charles a virtual hug and thanks for inviting you on that ride so that we could all enjoy it along with you. I'm glad you agree that housework can always wait.

nonizamboni said...

Thank you for sharing the 'jewels' from your lens. Your day sounded so lovely.
Winter is upon us here today with
9" of snow already :O[

p.s. I'm wondering if you make Christmas steamed pudding or a Christmas cake? I have the mold and am eager to try this year.
Happy week!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

How lovely to read about your day and go on your outing with you. The colours of autumn are so beautiful. Much better to make the most of the good weather, the winters can be long! A

Nan said...

Oh my gosh, these are beautiful photos. I am a big fan of this time of year, and your pictures express just why. Thank you.