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Saturday, November 06, 2010

AUTUMN'S GIFTS

 Sunshine, fluffy white clouds and a leaf of a different color.

 Red, green, orange and gold, Autumn's offerings graciously unfold

 A late bloomer, the Japanese Anemone, pristine against the darker colors, stands tall and lovely in the morning sun.

 Solomon's Seal, the lovely green is now a rich gold.

 The early morning rain drops hold tight to the spent leaves, sparkling like diamonds in the sun.
 A lone Maple leaf takes up residence on a mossy rock among a patch of unwanted buttercup foliage.
 Autumn wouldn't be the same without an array of cute little toadstools.

 Why is the last rose of summer always so appreciated? This one is still very fragrant. I wish I could bottle the aroma and save it.
When the wind howls around my house and the trees dance a new dance, when the rain pelts the windows and runs down the road in little riverlets, I think of things like chili and cornbread, homemade soup and in this case homemade corn chowder with lots of bacon and onion. YUM!
What is more Autumn than  spicy, hot apple pie?
This one is made from the fruit of the Gravenstein apple tree I played in when I was a girl, a long-long time ago.
Happy Autumn
~
WHAT I LIVE FOR
by George Linnaeus Banks
I live for those who love me, whose hearts are kind and true.
For the Heaven that smiles above me, and awaits my spirit too.
For all human ties that bind me, for the task by God assigned me,
For the bright hopes yet to find me, and the good that I can do.

I live to learn their story who suffered for my sake,
to emulate their glory, and follow in their wake.
Bards, patriots, martyrs, sages, the heroic of all ages,
Whose deeds crowd History's pages and Time's great volume make.

I live to hold communion with all that is divine,
To feel there is a union 'Twixt Nature's heart and mine,
To profit by affliction, reap truth from fields of fiction,
Grow wiser from conviction, and fulfil God's grand design.

I live to hail that season by gifted ones foretold,
When men shall live by reason and not alone by gold.
When man to man united, and every wrong thing righted,
The whole world shall be lighted as Eden was of old.

I live for those who love me, for those who know me true,
For the Heaven that smiles above me, and awaits my spirit too;
For the cause that lacks assistance, for the wrong that needs resistance,
For the future in the distance, and the good that I can do.
~*~

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11 Comments:

Blogger Angela said...

Beautiful pictures! Your soup looks delicious! I've not had that kind before but it looked like potato soup to me. Now I'd like some potato soup! It sure is cold enough for some good soup.

Have a Great Day!
Angela

11/06/2010  
Anonymous Linda May said...

G'day Bev, I have not been in my blog for a while, busy and disheartened with it all, but a visit here makes me happy and hopeful of inspiration. You have such a lovely way with words and the family stories and pictures you share. The little car the man made is great and he was lovely to think of adding your sons name tp the spare wheel.

11/13/2010  
Anonymous Charlotte/For Such A Time As This said...

Love the pictures and the poem!

11/14/2010  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

I cannot stop lingering over the corn chowder and the apple pie. I love corn chowder but have never made any.

11/15/2010  
Blogger Ralph said...

All great pictures. My favorite has to be the one with rain drops.
Ralph

11/20/2010  
Blogger Merle said...

Dear Bev ~~ I love your Autumn colors -
so pretty and the photos are lovely.
The poem is beautiful and full of meaning
and love.
Thank you for your comments on my flowers, scan results and the jokes. I
liked the blonde saying, "she couldn't work in the dark."
I hope you didn't get too much snow -it
must be hard to deal with. Take care,
my friend, Love, Merle.

11/21/2010  
Blogger Whidbey Woman said...

So very nice! Love all the photos. They are gorgeous. I wish I could go right through the computer screen and have a taste of that chowder and apple pie. Yum! Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving.

11/21/2010  
Blogger Rachel said...

Such lovely pictures Bev! It does seem like the cold rainy weather just makes us long for wonderful soups. Your soup and pie look so yummy, and I'm sure they were!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

11/29/2010  
Blogger Everyday Mommy said...

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11/30/2010  
Anonymous Diane at Crafty Passions said...

Thank you so much for coming by to lift my spirit.
Diane

12/03/2010  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi again Bev ~~ Thank you so much for your kind comments about my post and especially the Worry one. It sure is true, we all worry about our kids, grands, and great grands.
I really like your idea of worrying less now and praying the worry up to the Lord and letting Him take care of it. And He does a far better job than we ever did. That is really nice and I will try using it myself.
Thank you, my friend, Love, Merle.

12/06/2010  

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