Burnt-Out Ends of Autumnal Days

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  1. Those bejeweled trees giving the last hurrah before they drop into winter sleep are exquisite … I thought I knew what Autumn was and then I experienced Fall in New England – achingly beautiful and I understood at last what all the fuss is about. The stuffed animals make me sad so I will instead close my eyes and dream of muffins the size of a man-mountains fist. Sounds like a fair exchange to me! Xx

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    1. What a beautiful note right at the beginning there, Osyth. I cherish the sound of it. You know we were aiming for Vermont and the Adirondacks happened instead. Naturally I was expecting not to be swept away but I was. Parts of the Adirondacks, which we saw the day after, reminded me of Vermont. Fall is definitely what nature does best here.
      Stuffed animals make me sad too and they make me shiver. There is something too uncanny about people thinking of adorning their homes with taxidermied creatures.
      But by George those muffins and cookies! I did not take photos because I was too busy slavering. xx

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    1. There is something disquieting about taxidermied creatures. Like the bear sprawled out on the table. But yes, the incredible and effortless beauty of nature gets to me always. The colours were brilliant and I think I have fallen in love with the Adirondacks. Unexpected joys, Sophie. 🙂 xx

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  2. Reading your blogpost, I could smell the leaves disintegrating into the soil becoming the compost to fertilize and nourish the land. It’s earthy and a little sad. The ending but also a beginning. Your photos remind me of Oregon where Lex is from – so beautiful…. Neek P.S. Coffee at fuel stations always suck 😉

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    1. Oregon…reminds me of a book I read a child. The Oregon Trail. Your words were so poetic, Neek, and I love the haunting beauty of them. Thank you for them.
      And I have finally sworn off coffee at all fuel stations and Starbucks (this might trouble you if you are a fan of the chain). xx

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      1. Your photos and descriptions inspire me! As for Starbucks, they’re okay but we like Dutch Bros. better. Unfortunately, they are located in Northern California and Oregon. We love their Chai. Sigh… why are you so far away…

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      2. We would consider that an honor! In the meantime, NYC sounds lovely. Lex has a good friend up in Rochester acting in a play, “Glengarry Glen Ross”. Wish we could see it but we’ve already spent our travel budget on this trip. If you and Adi ever visit Los Angeles, please let us know. We would love to host you! Take care. 🙂

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      3. That is wonderful of you, Neek, I shall keep that in mind. The play in Rochester sounds like it would be a hoot 🙂 It is a pity but yes we have got to listen to the pockets. Have a lovely week! xx

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  3. Makes me want to pull on my hiking boots. Well, actually, makes me want to eat muffins as big as wrestlers fists – and then hike. And then sit on one of those wraparound porches in a rocker with a blanket over my knees. You have a gift for painting sumptuous word pictures.

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  4. Arundhati, this landscape is beautiful. I haven’t been able to have a proper Autumn in my entire life, so these scenes are always more than welcomed. I wasn’t expecting the lodge interiors filled with golden wood. I’d love to be transported there this moment, to walk through those woods and finish the day with hot chocolate and warm bread.

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    1. One autumn pack your bags for somewhere up in the Pacific north west? I have been seeing photos from my sister-in-law and they are stunning. In that lodge, I wanted to slip into those cosy beds lined with those lovely fur cushions and it was cold outside so it was even more delightful to step in. Hot chocolate and warm bread is a delightful combination to chase up a walk through the woods. xx

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  5. Oh! The red tree toward the beginning of your photos. So lovely. And the last photo, those fallen leaves, is so evocative. As usual, great and fun story, lovely images, thank you, Dippy-Dotty Girl! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Caroline…if only one could hold onto such beauty. Adi was delighted to meet a cutesy stuffed toy. But he went nowhere near the taxidermied one on the table. That was plain spooky.

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