I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Autumn Equinox

Isn't this a magical rhyme, a spell, an incantation!

Equal dark, equal light
Flow in Circle, deep insight
Blessed Be, Blessed Be
The transformation of energy!
So it flows, out it goes
Three-fold back it shall be
Blessed Be, Blessed Be
The transformation of energy!"
- Night An'Fey, Transformation of Energy

And this....

"Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields,
The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth
And you walk under the red light of fall
The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain
The sharp, gentle chill of fall.
Here as we move into the shadows of autumn
The night that brings the morning of spring
Come to us, Lord of Harvest
Teach us to be thankful for the gifts you bring us ..."
- Autumn Equinox Ritual


It's a hot and sultry summer day here at the beach. Mo and I continue our walks and garden peeping, hoping for signs of Autumn instead of summer dog days and doldrums. Autumn doesn't begin here until mid-November...I wonder how those ancient people [I'm seeing Stonehenge in my mind!] would have reconciled the stars and climate?
Giant zinnias! They must be 8 feet tall!
Fence creepers...

This odd flower is called "Love Lies Bleeding" . The guy finally stuck the seed packet on the fence because everyone stopped and asked what it was...

Blue hydrangeas, muted now into shades of cream and rose.

Lush bayberry! However did the Pilgrims and other settlers figure out that these scented berries, that grow so prolifically on the dunes, would make sweetly scented candles for the dark winter nights? That's a bit of magic, isn't it?


We don't have many trees. Here's a pretty Japanese maple that is always red.

And the ornamental grasses now have nodding seed heads. They do so well in the salty air here.




First of the mums appeared last month! There won't be a chrysanthemum to be found, come Thanksgiving, when I want them for my party dinner.
The seasons turn slowly, slowly---but the years go by so fast.
Why is that, is it just me...?
Hope you're enjoying this end of summer time! Shorts! Flipflops, t-shirts---cocktails on the deck at sunset! Easy. We shall laugh at looming Autumn, and treasure these (Indian?) summer days.
gone to the beach.....



  1. Great nature walk. Love the pics. Hot here too. I swear you and I are on the same weather pattern. Wednesday is supposed to be 89°! Enjoy your week! Kit

    1. The weather fronts must fly straight acrooss the prairies, all those many miles.

  2. Today it is over 85 degrees..... Fall is coming in the nearby mountains, but not so much in the high desert.

    1. I suppose it s a process...we don t expect daffodils and robins on the first day of spring, do we....

  3. It's 74 here now but I think it got up to 80 earlier. It's really pleasant out - kind of rare here! Breeze but not really windy. I love all your pictures of the flowers sneaking out of the fences. I had to laugh at the guy with the odd flower - that's what happens when you grow something seldom seen! Love Lies Bleeding is a type of amaranth, and the seeds are used as grain in some parts of the world (maybe not that particular variety). I've seen little bags of the grain in health food stores.

    Someone recently told me that the Farmer's Almanac says this winter is supposed to be long and cold. I haven't checked that out yet, but enjoy your days and walks now. Wouldn't hurt to start planning ahead for a few 'snow days', either, just in case!

    1. That funky flower does look like amaranth! Or Rasta braids.

      As for winter, I bought yarn for a bulky sweater, stockpiling for snow days w/out power-type projects. I bet Mo will want to go out even when it s frigid, pugs love the cold and snuggly weather. I better get some new warm layers to wear.

      My new car has a heated steering wheel, something Ive always wanted. And air cond seats, I think [heated too of course].

      I m all set.

  4. Beautiful poems, and I too love the flowers and the fences.

    Still like summer here, but not as hot as last week. We're enjoying summer activities...my sister came to visit and brought a crab feast with her, and we had a picnic near the ocean yesterday evening.

    I've heard of heated seats, but not a heated steering wheel! And, air-conditioned seats? Now you have my attention! I'd pay good money for that option. I've been taking a frozen gel thingy in the car with me to sit on.

    Hope all is well,


    1. The crab feast sounds so fun! So---your sister sat w/ the bucket of crabs on her lap all the way from MD? LOL.
      I always want to do one of those new England clambake/ lobster bakes, like you see in Cape Cod Life....but so far no one else here thinks it s a god idea. Prob they re afraid they ll have to dig the fire pit.

      80s here this coming weekend! We are back to the beach...last hurrah?




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