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Heartwings Love Notes 847 - The Bounty and Beauty of Fall

Heartwings says, "Fall is a loud season that prepares us for the quiet of winter."

One house we lived in had a window in the upstairs bathroom with a view of trees and fields. Each year in August I would look out
this window in anticipation of the bright red patch that appeared in an otherwise green expanse of a maple tree. It seemed that much
brighter for being surrounded by the remaining green leaves. Eventually the rest of the tree would turn red, yet there was something
very special for me about that first splash of color.

This is my favorite time of year to drive around the countryside. I cherish the first tinges of red and yellow beginning to blossom in
the trees by the roadside. It is truly said that the loud colors of fall echo the pastel shades of spring except that they are strong and
vivid. I have also noticed that in the weeks before the autumn colors emerge, the green of the leaves takes on a grayish look that
hints at the ageing of the leaves, preparing them for their ultimate brilliance. The other colors are present in the leaves all along.
When the cooler weather comes, the green disappears as the red and yellow take over.

Fall colors are lovely and bright. Pumpkins, squash, chrysanthemums, apples, and fiery leaves are all part of its panorama. Highway
vistas of hills plumped up with pillows of brilliant hue are a delight to drivers and passengers alike. As spring is a time of tentative
melodies and pastel colors so fall is loud and strident, its colors are bold, its thunders vibrate around us. Farmstands open up and
share their bounty with passers by. In more rural areas little collections of garden produce appear by the side of the road with prices
and trustful boxes for payment.

Busy squirrels scurry around storing up food for the winter. Autumn is a time for all of us to put food by. My mother busily canned
and later froze her garden produce. When I had a large freezer I did too. I loved the feeling of providing for my family. Now I can't
store much food for the future, however I can take advantage of the seasonal plenty. I got out my old Fanny Farmer's cookbook and
looked up apple recipes. We had Apple Brown Betty for supper. Yummy! Fall is my favorite time of year and I rejoice in its bounty as
well as its beauty.

May you delight in the new season as you enjoy its bounty.

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Tasha Halpert
 

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