Thursday, September 6, 2012

September Days

"The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze."

- John Updike, September

We've been enjoying these first September days. The air is a bit cooler, and there are a few yellow leaves here and there. I've tossed out the withering tomato vines and replaced them with chrysanthemum, white cyclamen, and silver ragwort. In the woods, nature has it's own flowers of the season on display, like the wild heather pictured above, feathery and delicately purple on the mossy hillsides. 

Mornings stay dark noticeably longer now, and it makes me remember last winter, when Rafael was so small, and we would wake up together when it was still dark. We would tiptoe into his room, warm and smelling of the heaters, and play quietly, as the room slowly grew lighter and lighter, and the sky behind naked trees outside turned from black to grey to white. Those were such precious hours. Even as a tired mommy, I knew to cherish them. It felt like we were the only people awake in the world, in our dimly lit, cozy den. 

I look forward to winter mornings like that again.

But first....glorious autumn. 



  1. "But first....glorious autumn."



  2. HI Dawn, I also look forward to autumn, I love that season, and cannot wait for it to get here. Funny how you remember that time of year by what you and Rafael would do, there will many more to come.

    1. You are right...many more to come...and new memories being made all the time. :)

  3. The poem says what I feel when September rolls around. My dahlias are in bloom and I'm still picking tomatoes. The days are shorter and there is fog in the valley in the morning. Summer is easing into autumn.

  4. Fog in the valley...what a beautiful image. xoxo

  5. How wonderful Dawn....Raffi is nearly 1! Such glorious photos....much love xoxox

  6. So beautiful, Dawn.

    Raffi is really growing up!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous pictures, Dawn! Raffi is such a charmer!

    Happy September!

  8. Hi Dawn !! I love your pictures the quiet village, Raffi playing with he's toys, the flowers, everything beautiful . Just perfect representation of the first week of September :)))

    Mary Chicago il >>>>>> ps I love Fall :)

  9. Such a lovely time of year! I know you hold it as dear to your heart as I do:). I cannot believe your little Raffi. He's such a beautiful and healthy little guy. Your winter home that you described here sounds so cozy and lovely. And I can't wait to see it through Raffi's eyes, here on your blog:). But yes... first... the beauties of autumn....

    xox, Blair

  10. As always, I enjoy your photographs so much. The colors are so vivid and the subjects so beautiful ... especially that little boy of yours. Getting more handsome every day, and such gorgeous hair he has!

  11. Oh, and thank you for sharing that poem! It sums up the start of autumn so nicely.

  12. I spent two months with my second nipotina who is 4 months now going around the garden and smelling mint, lavender, basil, looking at bees on zinnias and nelumbos flowers, she has gone back home now and it's suddenly autumn for us ............. looking forward to her coming back for Xmas to make my days so special



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