Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hello October

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Just enough time for a quick hello on this first day of October.

It's a beauty here this morning. Bright blue skies, sunshine, a refreshing crispness in the air as a slight wind -- a little more than a breeze -- rocks heavy-laden sunflower heads back and forth like a baby's cradle. They all wait for me to come out and play... to take up the gifts they offer so I might live beautifully in this present moment ... I shall not be churlish and look a gift horse in the mouth, and say I do not have time today.

Without further ado ... I'm off for a wee walk out into my beautiful world. And here's wishing you a wonderful month ahead!


OCTOBER was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in the aftermaths.

Anne reveled in the world of color about her.... "I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?..." ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery




Have a*´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * beautiful day! *
 
Hugs,
Brenda
xox

Photo source: morguefile.com


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Still Swooning Over Autumn Loveliness

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 "Fall is begging for us to dance and sing and write with just the same drama and blaze.”  ~ Shauna Niequist

I love autumn days. I love how the leaves -- now fallen -- nestle into garden nooks and spread across green lawns. I love the way these crinkly bits of nature blend with honey-hued rocks and give a delightful contrast against herbs and perennials still green.

And, isn't a splash of colour -- just like in the photo -- perfect for brightening up the whole thing?

It's a different kind of beauty we enjoy now than what we loved in full summer bloom. Rose bushes once flush with delicate pink blossoms look like sticks in the ground. The purple stalks of liatris now make me think of miniature bulrushes. And, our majestic sunflowers droop nearer the earth as they send their last bit of energy into forming seeds instead of standing tall.  

Personally, I don't see the fuss about getting the leaves off the lawn. I prefer an 'au naturale' look myself. Although, I admit, there is a certain romance to the whole thing of raking up the leaves into a great pile for kids or dogs to romp through (be sure to see too-cute video). If I were to rake, it would for that reason -- not because it looks unsightly. So one might ask if we just leave them on the lawn here in the city where we live. Alas, no, hubby takes that in hand and very un-romantically mows them up into the lawn mower bag for the compost. 

That's why I'm taking JOY in this leafy mess before said mower does its job and 'tidies up the place a bit'.



On that note, I'm leaf-ing you with this wonderful piece of autumn word artistry by Shauna Neiquiest, author of books like Bread and Wine, and Cold Tangerines....


“Fall: bright flame before winter’s deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire. Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself ... and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white and silence of winter. Fall is begging for us to dance and sing and write with just the same drama and blaze.” ~ Shauna Neiquiest



Have a*´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * beautiful day! *

Hugs,
Brenda
xox


Photo:  Brenda Leyland, 2014
Graphic:  Glittergraphics.coms
Shauna's Quote: First read on post by Adrienne Westenfeld


Friday, September 26, 2014

They Are Singin' In The Rain

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In the garden on a rainy fall day

It's raining today.... delightfully so. Which makes it a day perfect for chopping vegetables for homemade vegetable soup ... for lighting candles and turning on the twinkle lights in the living room ... for reading ... and for getting another few pages done on my story.

A few minutes ago I was standing at my window just enjoying the sound of the rain coming down. Soft and peaceful. And then it got crazy out in the garden. I ran for my phone video so I could capture what I was hearing. Couldn't see anything...
But listen... turn up your volume if needed



As suddenly as they started, they stopped. Guess choir practice is over. It's completely still again... except for the softly falling rain. Sure glad I didn't miss it.

Wishing you all a*´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * a singing kind of day! *
 
Hugs,
Brenda
xox

 



Photo & Video: Brenda Leyland, 2014





Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Sunday Picnics

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Sunday Picnic circa early 1960's
Oh the joy of Sunday afternoon picnics when we were children.
You'll note that we were all dressed in our Sunday best here. It was the norm in those days... my mom in her pretty dresses and my dad in his suit and tie. If it got warm on a summer's day, then he'd take off the jacket and maybe roll up his sleeves. And there is Little Sis in blue and me in pink... with our blonde, blonde hair... posing on the front seat for this photo op.
Looking back, I loved those simpler times when our outings so often included a leisurely drive down interesting, meandering country roads. Up hills and then the z-o-o-m down the other side, often on dirt or gravel roads where tiny rocks would pong and ping off the car sides and bottom, a whirl of dust in our wake. Sometimes we'd stop in to visit some neighbours -- that's when we hoped the family would have kids our age to play with. Other times when the car faced west towards the nearby lake and summer village, that's when we knew ice cream or even spun sugar cones would be the treat at the end of the journey. Oh joy, oh bliss!
My, that was a long time ago... that's when I'm glad for family photos -- they remind us of those happy moments we've almost forgotten.
And so that's my little walk down memory lane..... 

Wishing you all*´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * a happy day! *
 
Hugs,
Brenda
xox
Photo: Family Archives


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Having Fun with Picmonkey

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Simply Version One

 

This morning we are learning how to create collages on picmonkey


Above is my first attempt.....

Much as we've admired the creativity so many of you share on your own blogs using collages for your photography, I've never felt I had the time to play with this. Plus, with so many technical learning curves as I venture into social media, a smart phone, some online writing classes... sometimes my brain says that's all for now, Girl, please don't add anything else into the mix right now!

But on this quiet, sublime morning of autumn, both me and my brain feel lively and ready to take a playful tour through all the buttons provided... to see what kind of monkey business we can get up to.
  
We're Getting Fancy Version Two
 
Here's My Favorite Version Three


Now this was FUN, FUN, FUN!  I'll be p-l-a-y-i-n-g with this some more.  But now, I see by the hands on my clock, I  best be off to accomplish some other projects... writing on my story, for one.
  

Oh yes... Which would be your favorite version?  Version Three is mine.


Wishing you a*´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * beautiful day! *
 
Hugs,
Brenda
xox


Photos: Brenda Leyland, 2014