Autumn in New England


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?

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  1. It's been such a gorgeous autumn, hasn't it? What a lovely walk with your daughter. By a stream in the woods is one of my favorite places to be.

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    1. Sometimes we seem to go straight from summer to winter. It is nice to have such a long stretch of mild weather. It is supposed to really cool off this week so I guess we had better enjoy it.

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  2. I read that book:) for an assignment at uni:) great photos!

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    1. Thanks. I have never read Steinbeck before. I enjoyed it.

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  3. I went to grad school in Massachusetts, so I had to use in New England. I really miss fall, especially the leaves changing. In this part of Texas we don't get much of a fall.

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    1. I love the fall foliage. It is just so beautiful. Every part of the country has its own form of beauty. I have never done more than travel through Texas. It is just so far from CT!

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  4. I so love your nature photography, and these autumnal photos must be some of my favorite yet. New England looks very beautiful. On to my bucket list of locations it goes.

    What a luscious quote by Steinbeck! It makes me want to stay home and cook. Pumpkins and squashes, yumm! Perhaps this is the season when I will finally conquer an apple pie? (I'm generally a good baker, but I have never made a pie that I am happy with)

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    1. You should definitely come to New England. I think it is beautiful but I am a bit prejudiced in its favor. I am a good baker too but my pies are always good and never great. I need to find a fool-proof crust recipe. I have two or three I want to try it is just a matter of finding time to do so.

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  5. It's been an amazing autumn here in Nova Scotia - and we've come to the time of year when some trees are still in full blaze while others stand stripped bare.

    We honeymooned in Vermont in October, after the Columbus Day weekend when most other tourists had gone home but the colours were still magnificent. It was a spectacular vacation.

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    1. I want so badly to visit Nova Scotia. It looks so very beautiful.

      My husband and I honeymooned in Vermont too, in November. It is best to draw a veil over that though because we both got food poisoning. Not the most romantic of times. So it must be your anniversary this month. Happy Anniversary!

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  6. We lived in Connecticut for four years, and I was not a fan overall (a lot of that is because it was my first time living in a big city and I am NOT a city girl), but I did love how pretty it was in autumn and winter. And it had that amazing New England Morning Light that I've never seen anywhere else -- it's clear and golden and crisp. Some Ken Burns documentaries captured it beautifully, and I always thought of it as Ken Burns Light, but then we moved there and I realized nope, it's New England Light.

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    1. What city did you live in? I go back and forth between thinking I could happily live in a city and thinking that I want to live in the middle of nowhere with no people anywhere nearby. I kind of like both. I do think New England is beautiful and I know what you mean about the light.

      I get itchy feet and would love to try living in different places but that is hard to do with kids. They need roots, or at least mine do. I am sure some could happily move around but mine would be so stressed. Maybe when they grow up I can convince my husband to travel the world!

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    2. We lived in Danbury.

      I've moved a lot -- born in IA, moved to MI when I was 3, moved to NC when I was 12, went to college in MN, lived in MN for another year after college, lived in WI for 4 years, lived in CT for 3 years, lived in VA since 2011, and in this house since August of that year.

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