The roadside stands were piled with golden pumpkins and russet squashes and baskets of red apples so crisp and sweet that they seemed to explode with juice when I bit into them. I bought apples and a gallon jug of fresh-pressed cider.... The villages are the prettiest, I guess, in the whole nation, neat -and white-painted, and-not counting the motels and tourist courts-unchanged for a hundred years except for traffic and paved streets. The climate changed quickly to cold and the trees burst into color, the reds and yellows you can't believe. It isn't only color but a glowing, as though the leaves gobbled the light of the autumn sun and then released it slowly. There's a quality of fire in these colors.
I have been reading Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck and I came across this quote. It so perfectly encapsulates autumn in New England.
My daughter had a half day of school and we went for a walk through some woods and down by a stream. It was a new walk for us but one we will probably do again. It isn't very long but it provides boundless opportunities for clambering down inclines, investigating waterfalls, sitting on boulders, and scuffing through leaves. In other words, all the perfect autumn woodland activities.
We spent quite a while collecting brightly colored leaves and deciding which ones look best together. Does anyone else remember ironing leaves between sheets of waxed paper when you were a child? The paper would stick together with your leaves positioned inside. You could make all kinds of scenes and color combinations.
I love the sound of running water. There is something so soothing and peaceful about sitting on a giant boulder and listening to the water cascading over the tiny waterfall just around the bend. I think my dream house would have a river or a stream nearby.
It is nice to give one of my children a bit of undivided attention. My daughter had a fun afternoon and so did I . She also insisted that I include a few photos of her in this post and she is demanding the right to proofread it before I post it. So here is my daughter. Her enthusiasm can brighten any day.
Have you ever been to New England?