Monday, October 14, 2019
It's hard to believe it's Fall while we in the Bay Area are still enjoying warm, sunny days - although the evenings are beginning to feel a little crisp once the sun goes down. But the trees are starting to shed their summer leaves and the glow of autumn is melting through the windows.
This morning when I got up very early, it was the first time in months I had to put on the heat just to warm my home. Summer fruit has disappeared in my markets, scores of variety of apples, pears and of course pumpkins have now taken over. It is almost sweater weather but not quite yet.
Recently at my neighborhood nursery, I found clusters of burnt gold, shimmering burgundy and crisp lime green mums with their faces just beginning to open. I resisted the urge to scoop up pots of them in my arms, burying my face in their petals to breathe in their opulent colors and freshness. Then I paused – Oh my God. It’s October! Fall always comes too fast when I’m not ready to let go of summer, I mourned to myself.
But what a delicious time of year – almost my favorite in fact. It is a time when nature presents us with so many choices of beauty and bounty beyond description, gifts of radiant sparkling colors, rich textures to embellish our gates, front doors, mantels, hearths, bowls, platters, tables and fireplaces.
Fill bowls of unshelled nuts, adding color with piles of persimmons and pomegranates. Celebrate the season knee deep in nature’s beauty and bounty while you throw your arms around your treasured family and friends. Autumn and its abundance is finally here!