Thursday, October 1, 2009

Aromatic, Lovely, Wonderful FALL!

Fall 2008

I did a little work outside this afternoon. I put away lawn chairs, spread around a few pumpkins, swept down some major cobwebs (didn't get them all!) and put away summer's porch display.

Now we are on to the mellow colors of fall and the leaves have begun their transformation to the glorious glow of autumn.

Tonight, I had to run an errand, and when I stepped out the door, I stopped for a minute to breathe in the
pungent aroma of fall. I don't know for sure if you know what I mean, but I hope you do.

Since there was a hard frost last night, we have now got the ripe, full, fall fragrance that I love. Somewhere in the distance, leaves were burning, and that only added to the perfection of a smell I've never, ever seen recreated ANYWHERE. You know they say it's always darkest before the dawn, but there's something else, it's always more fragrant before the winter.

Crops all around us are in their fullness, ripe, ready, drying (but not quite dry) and smelling wonderful! There's the smell hanging in the air of the combine that just drove by, on its way to another field of
soybeans ready to cut, and in the distance, I can hear the farm truck being shifted through its gears, heading to the field in its wait for the golden beans to drop into the red wooden box on the back!

The grass, relieved now to be done with the vigorous season of growth, is now resting and relaxing, enjoying cool fall rains, rinsing it to a dark green, cool to the touch and wonderful to look at.

A few golden, curly leaves--early droppers--dot the emerald grass, as nature's perfect accent to its beauty.
There is so much to love about fall: the crisp, cool days, perfect cloud formations in the bluer skies, shorter days and cozier nights, apples and colorful mums, shocks of corn and sheaves of wheat. There are harvest moons and scurrying squirrels: but don't overlook that invisible background scent, a unique aroma that is fall!


Unknown said...

You paint such beautiful word pictures, Joni! And it feeds every sense!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love that scent too. If I could buy it in a bottle I would:>)

The Pleasures of Homemakeing said...

There is so much to love about fall, I guess that's why it's so many people's favorite season (including mine)!


Bloggin bout my Boys said...

They tried to bottle a fragrance called "LEAVES" at B&B Works but "ain't nothin' like the real thing,baby!" You described it to a "T". My Dad called and he was baking an apple pie yesterday to take the chill out of the kitchen and OH BOY talk about remembering a fall smell....had to bake a batch of apple streusel muffins myself! Thanks for sharing your fall sensory delights with us "GRAMMY JONI"! Sue

Donna said...

What a lovely post! The weather has gotten cooler down in TN the past couple of days, and I'm LOVING it!

Peggy said...

Love the smell of fall! This is by far my favorite time of year.