cappuccino comfort ..
the golden glow of candlelight ..
the warmth of timber and ruby red autumn fruits ..
the feel and smell of new leather ..
vintage linen and brown bunnies ..
scrubbed oak ..
fireside knitting ..
new season knits in navy and tan ..
and again, the stylish charcoal and greige ..
I was horrified to return to the beautiful Southern Highlands this weekend to find every jewel coloured leaf had been stripped from the trees in the space of a week. Gale force winds during the week had wreaked havoc !!
There is not one leaf remaining on our gorgeous trees. We have the perfect autumn garden and usually have the pleasure of weeks on end of autumn colour….not after the week we have just had….freezing conditions and wind.
I do have some wonderful photos which I have longingly looked back over this weekend….so will share some I have taken over the last couple of weeks !!! I guess the only thing left to do is start raking, I will only have to do it once.
I am going to drip feed photos of our autumn as it seems to be much slower to progress this year. While there are pockets of wonderful autumn colour that seems in its peak…..other areas are barely starting. Our maples….the showcase of our garden….have barely started to turn. Luckily we already have so much other autumn colour to admire….particularly our beautiful smoke bush.
It seems such a shame to have inclement weather at this time of year because you really do want to be out in the garden admiring it all. I love finding a sunny spot to set up morning tea….the glow of the sun shining through the yellow and red leaves…..it reminds me of stained glass windows.
The house always looks amazing when you can pick branches of colourful autumn leaves to put in jugs. Colourful rosehips look equally as good.
With the nip in the air….although already some days are quite cold!!!…..work in the garden seems such a joy. Any excuse to be out with all the autumn leaves….even if it means hours of endless raking. It is exhilarating and fabulous exercise I tell myself year after year.
I am never alone out there though…..the families of kookaburras perched close by…..are always on the lookout for worms as you work your way through the leaves raking….raking. They are never afraid of you….and I find them quite a comfort.
On a less strenuous note, autumn heralds the arrival of our beautiful sasanqua camellias ….. the bushes so old they are enormous. I have bowls of them all through the house ……they don’t last long but that doesn’t worry me a bit …..there is an endless supply down in the garden.
I am not sure if it is psychological or not but as soon as those clocks get put back ….. the days seem to close in all too quickly and autumn is here !!! In fact autumn on a cool day in the highlands can seem awfully wintery. The leaves have turned and already falling….the memory of all that raking comes flooding back.
We do have a good while yet to admire the colour on most of our trees. I am not sure where the falling leaves are actually coming from except the Silver Birch which is always the first….and the messiest due to its huge height. I seem to remember our garden being at its most colourful by Mothers Day. We often have lunch outdoors so that we can enjoy the garden and fruits of our labour before the chillier days arrive.
I have to say I have been a little disappointed by our Virginia Creeper which I planted for its autumn colour. We have watched it rampantly climb up our north facing wall for two seasons…. looking forward to the turning of the leaves. Of the two vines, one has turned vibrant red in the space of a week and is now dropping leaves profusely !!! Way too quickly for us to have time to admire it….. the second vine quite lacklustre in the colour stakes. Just as well we have the Japanese Maples to look forward to.
Rather than post photos of autumn gardens just yet…. I thought I would get you in the moods for autumn with the thought of snuggly throw rugs, checking your supply of firewood for those cooler autumn evenings, quaint cosy cottages for weekends away and anything in those gorgeous warm earthy tones!!!
Images: dave coote/pale and interesting