Today marks the beginning of Autumn. I went for a long long walk this morning and made several observations in nature that reflect this beginning. One thing I noticed more than anything else…the Milkweed is releasing her “seed babies”-as I call them. They were flying through the air having a grand time today as I walked up and down the mountains. “Weeeee!” they say as they float along, searching for a place to settle down for the season of rest. Of course with the turning of the season I had to pull out one of my favorite books to read to Taige…
The Story of the Root Children by Sibylle Von Olfers,(a beautiful German author, artist and Nun who lived her life long ago). The story is pure and the illustrations are lovely. I have collected all of her books and truly love them. They are available here.
Along with reading this beautiful story, I made some changes to our nature table. Last year, I made (needle felted) the fall version of Mother Nature. She always reigns over our nature table (and in the winter when she is resting, King Winter and Mrs. Thaw take her place). I have a different version of her for each season. For fall, she is in warm colors and has a harvest basket in hand (and she has dreads…don’t know what that is about, must have been my mood!).
The entire nature table was cleaned and resituated to reflect this time of year. I have made several needle felted pumpkins as have added some beautiful gourds that were found in a friend’s garden a few weeks ago. I spotted some Chinese Lantern flowers on a walk last week and they are in a corner of the table drying. Pine cones and acorns, seed pods and fall leaves all now adorn our table.
Here are the pictures…
I lit some candles and we had a few moments of singing verses and bidding summer goodbye…My home felt pretty (it told me so) and I decided to capture a few photos…
I have memorized this verse (for our morning reverence) for this week it is a beauty…
Yellow the bracken
Golden the sheaves
Rosy the apples
Crimson the leaves
Mist on the hillside
Clouds grey and white
Autumn Good Morning
Summer Good Night!
And, here is a lovely little finger play from the book A Child’s Seasonal Treasury:
The trees are saying, “Goodbye” to their leaves (stretch out arms and wave goodbye)
As they flutter and float and fly in the breeze (flutter fingers)
All golden, orange, and red, they sink softly off to bed. (Slowly bring fluttering fingers down to floor)
On Mother Earth’s breast rests each leafy head. (Make sleeping gesture with palms together; give a big, restful sigh).
Farewell Summer…until next year.