“Oh, fruit loved of boyhood! The old days recalling,
When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!
When we laughed round the corn-heap, with hearts all in tune,
Our chair a broad pumpkin, -our lantern the moon…”
~ JG Whittier, The Pumpkin ~
The past few weeks have been glorious! Pleasant, sunny days followed by deliciously cool nights. The garden has benefited from the genial weather and continues to produce an abundance of tomatoes. The sunflowers have finished blooming but the marigolds, nasturtiums, catmint, and even the snapdragons continue to flourish.
The past couple of nights, however, have been a harbinger of October’s arrival. A million stars shining in the clear night sky, the comforting smell of wood smoke, and a moon so bright that shadows fall thick across the paths in the field and your breath floats away in gentle plumes on the still, cold air...
Farewell, blithe September... Welcome, delicious October!
“Oh, greenly and fair in the lands of the sun,
The vines of the gourd and the rich melon run,
And the rock and the tree and the cottage enfold,
With broad leaves all greenness and blossoms all gold…”
JG Whittier, The Pumpkin
Early Work Mercantile
Take a peek at my Early Work Mercantile page where I’ve listed a trio of little black cat needle books (based on a vintage piece in my collection), a tiny framed witchie, and a fabulous black jack hooked mat!
Until next month, my friends, I wish you all the blessings this lovely month has to offer!