Fall: Apples. Pumpkins. Autumn Equinox.

pumpkinsWe had our 7th annual Autumn Equinox Celebration last week.  Seven friends joined us.  So easily, it seemed, the nine of us found conversation, even though not everyone knew each other.  I hope these events inspire others to get people together to take note of the goodness of life, relationships, good food, and seasons. Much of the poetry and story sharing that happened after dinner down in the gazebo called us to Take Note.

Since I set aside the day for cooking I took the time to make Eggplant Parmesan and served it over Spaghetti Squash, with Bruccheta, Beet Salad, Fortex beans tossed with lemon juice and olive oil, and Apple Cranberry Crisp.  A Pinot Noir from Stollers complimented dinner well.  After dessert we took the annual trek down to the gazebo, the way lit with torches and candles, where everyone shared something–mostly poems, stories, and photographs inspired by the season’s shift from summer to fall. Mark kept the fire going with frames off the bee hives that we’re replacing next year, so the fire smelled a bit like honey, and the wax made the fire easy to start and easy to keep going.

I’ve loved the fall since childhood.  Fall is full of color, new smells, different night sounds, and fields and a sky that change hue. The pumpkins and gourds are in from the field, and we’re harvesting winter squash, like the Specked Hound, butternut, acorn and spaghetti. Squash, tomatoes, eggplant, beans, cucumbers, peppers, so much food in abundance!

We’ve enjoyed watching Auden and Juniper engage the fall more intentionally now that they are two.  Juniper climbed up to the tree house with her Mama, Mark and me, and left an acorn on the railing for a chipmunk or squirrel.  When she comes to Fern Creek she is eager to visit the chickens, to be outside as much as I’ll let her, where she follows Pollifax, or explores whatever the season offers outside.  This week she tackled a Fern Creek apple fresh off a tree, with enthusiasm and delight.

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I have so much to be thankful for!

Thank you God, for this good life.  May I cherish life as you do, and be inspired to love it as enthusiastically as a child!

 

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