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Autumn is calling…

September 11, 2009

autumnChers Amis,

Autumn is calling. Are you still indoors? Are your windows open with a cool, edgy wind speaking to you of spiced apples and burning leaves? Have the colors started to shift from green to gold in your neighborhood. If so, it is a good day to get outside and breathe deeply of the seasons grappling with the reins.

Over the Labor Day Holiday, we decided to quitter the ever “Hotlanta” and meander up through the green hills of Northern Georgia to visit a good friend outside Asheville, NC.(C’etait Bruce, Helene) This is a semi-annual pilgrimage for my dh who went to school in North Carolina and dreams of returning some day to build a cabin in the mountains. I’m not sure I am of like mind about moving- but the land is intoxicating! blue ridge

That Sunday we wound up Mount Pisgah to go berry picking. That always means a quick stop at the Pisgah Inn to inhale the heavenly view, (use the bathroom shh!), browse the gift shop for local crafts, and enjoy lunch or a snack in the restaurant.  The dining room has a panoramic view of the mountains. Gorgeous! This was not an original idea though, much of Western Carolina followed us on the Parkway, so we breezed in and out, imagined spending a night in the hotel perched on the ridge, and went in search of undiscovered treasures away from the crowds.

Once we parked the car the kids – now shoeless – ran ahead Into the woods to find any bushes that hadn’t been plundered. Richesse! Blackberries and blue berries by the stained and grinning mouthful filled our bags as I cast a wary eye over my shoulder every few minutes. Bears like berries too, you know.   Into the woodsBags full, it was time to explore the hillside, so off the girls went through the underbrush  with no thought to paths or direction. Just the pure joy of wandering without design. Soon, I could hear excited call to “Come see! Come See!”The girls declared that we had entered a portal to Middle Earth.
Perhaps Mirkwood or a hidden retreat in Ithlien.Beneath the dark branches of the hemlocks at the top of a knoll ghostly racks of white coral fungi glowed eerily in a strangely silent gloom. Even the sound of our footsteps was absorbed by the deep layers of fine needles beneath our feet. But…through the meadow Just beyond the tree line the landscape opened up and the late afternoon sunlight poured a liquid gold over the mountainside  revealing a meadow flush with autumn color.  Paradise. Maybe my husband is onto something.

–Marjorie

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2009 8:52 pm

    Well I see the creative writing classes are paying off not only for the girls but for mom too…. love the rich descriptive language! I think the one word you used that could not have described that part of NC better was ‘intoxicating’!! Thanks for the fabulous reminder 🙂

  2. September 12, 2009 8:09 am

    I would love to move to Ashville. :-)Gorgeous pictures…

  3. September 16, 2009 6:21 am

    What a wonderful blog! Beautiful pictures and wonderful writing…
    Carol

  4. September 16, 2009 9:36 am

    Your pictures are beautiful. I love the cpecials. Have a nice day

  5. September 16, 2009 10:35 am

    Enjoyed taking your stroll through the woods. A very nice place for family to enjoy.

  6. September 16, 2009 1:11 pm

    Your pictures and words are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  7. September 17, 2009 1:21 am

    Oh my such beauty!! Your kids picture walking down the path is my favorite… and BARE foot too! wonderful.

    This is the first time to your blog for me… but wont be the last. VERY nice!

    If you get a chance please stop by and say hi!

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

  8. Priya permalink
    September 26, 2009 11:12 pm

    Lovely. The only thing missing was the girls’ wonderful Hobbit’s capes.

  9. October 1, 2009 4:07 pm

    marjorie!
    i loved this post.
    i know it not your newest, but i am just feeling what you are describing.
    i absolutely love this season!
    all of your pictures are grand!
    they truly look like they belong in a nature magazine!
    🙂

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