Fall Away

Now Autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.” – William Allingham

As my feet moved through the detritus left from recently fallen acorns lying on the unwashed sidewalk, a leaf that came rushing at me turned out to be a mottled brown moth buffeted by a late summer breeze seeking shelter upon a still green bush. These tiny matte jewels falling from the mighty oak tree remind me of how fleeting the days are, leaving me feeling unsettled until I make safe passage into the new season. There are chestnuts falling as well and the road to the sun reflected upon the sparkling sea is becoming more narrow each day, making me yearn for that wide brilliant swathe once again. It’s out of my hands, the seasons are turning, performing their perfect dance, making sure their best profile is on view for all to see.

The primal scent of woodsmoke has begun to permeate the air among the sunshine and scarlet tipped leaves – once lush gardens are being put to bed and I find myself doing the same, refreshing some small corner as I wander through my rooms. It’s time to wrap sun-kissed limbs in layers, fill the apartment with the music of Leonard Cohen, disappear into the realm of Harry Potter and eat crisp apples on walks through the forest.

This organic starship that we are all living on is beginning to fray at the edges, our fragile bodies that harbour heaven-wrought miracles are tearing each other apart. With the change in seasons comes a knowing, before it’s too late we must stop the drum beat of hate battering at our defences, let its hypnotizing rhythm fall away so we can continue to come across a scattering of silver stars on a favourite walk, be followed home by a chattering Steller’s jay and eternally move through space and time.

It’s time to say good-bye to the outdoor markets of summer – this shot is from the 1st ever Mexico Market held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver, B.C.

A Saturday morning ritual – visiting the Vancouver Farmer’s Market here in the West End, buying fresh fruits and vegetables each week was a joy!

A recent must see to celebrate fall was to check out the new Steller sea lion exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium (Vancouver, B.C.).

The two sea lions in the pool seemed to pose for the cameras, they were fun to watch and seemed to be enjoying their new facility!

 

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About anotetohuguette

I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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28 Responses to Fall Away

  1. Shirley Ross says:

    Can smell the smoke from indoor fires permeating the air. Fall is here, the season of deep reds, claret, yellows and brown, echo ginger wine and hot chocolate. A snuggle time, a time to reflect, and view the orchestration of the soul. May you always have access to your favourite hot chocolate, me, I may take the path to claret.

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    • Dark red wine on a moody night is heaven and a delicious hot chocolate is not too far behind – there’s nothing cozier than snuggling in on a cold night after a busy day of living…thanks for the reminder, Mom! See you tomorrow…

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  2. Quirky Girl says:

    I can practically feel autumn in your artful words. And how nice it does feel! 🙂

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  3. markmkane says:

    I love the pictures. This was a great post Kimberlee. As I was reading this, I felt as if I was going through this experience myself. That line that said “our fragile bodies that harbour heaven-wrought miracles are tearing each other apart” is very powerful. I like how you describe the changing of the season and relating it to our current state.

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures – I wanted to share more of my small corner of the world, we are truly blessed as you are to live with such an abundance of natural beauty! Once again, your words have warmed my heart…thank you (always!) for your presence on this blog.

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  4. davidprosser says:

    A beautiful word portrait of our changing season. I regret in this quarter it’s much more likely to include rain somewhere for now but those reds, russet browns and oranges will soon be apparent wherever we go and falling horse chestnuts will be gathered to eat as conkers are chosen for childhood games.We’ll be moving towards All Hallows Eve and then bonfire night when Guy Fawkes receives his annual burning and the smell of woodsmoke and burnt fireworks will hang heavy on our streets.Baked apples or potatoes, toffee apples,, parkin and treacle toffee will be the order of the day for all children.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • How lovely to see your words again, I hope this means that you are feeling better – I love your descriptions of your part of the world (Wales) during this magical season, it sounds heavenly! Your beautiful words echo my Mom’s…

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  5. I so love your descriptions of Nature and the beauty of her gifts. The Mexican market sounds divine. ☘

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    • It was colourful, the air was filled with the scent of traditional food being cooked and there were so many people enjoying the day – I was struck by how many people just sat on the ground creating impromptu picnics and I couldn’t resist taking a photo of Pablo Neruda’s quote on Mexico!

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  6. A beautiful and poetic ode to the changing seasons and the beauty around us. “This organic starship”… loved that description. Wonderful writing. 🙂

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  7. Jade M. Wong says:

    Oh my gosh, the sea lion!! I feel like I could reach through the screen and pat his little head.

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  8. ugetse says:

    Hi Kim, I love to surprise you in some of your secret places, chasing images and notes for us to enjoy. Your concentration and silence are so embraced to nature. It is so lovely to watch. I always cherish your notes. Thanks again.

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  9. Your lovely writing matches with what I see here in Portland, Oregon. Trees are changing into glorious colors of the year. I’m glad I could spend part of autumn here before going back to CA.
    I visited my sister and her family when they lived in Vancouver, B.C. a couple times. Both times were in winter. One time we were going to go to Whistler, but the snow was getting heavy, so we went to a nearby mountain for snowboarding. Another time was in winter again and we stayed for New Year. We watched the people did the Bear Jump into the icy water naked!
    I’m here in Portland with my daughter and she and the baby came home on Sunday. There is a park close by with a giant tree, acorns falling everywhere under the tree. The squirrels are busy hopping around collecting acorns.

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  10. You are lucky to be in the lap of nature, enjoying and basking in her many hues. Your write up paints the many shades that so inspire you. Enjoy!

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  11. Rachel McKee says:

    Kim, your writing has always been thoughtful and poetic, but it’s getting stronger and more powerful as time and practice marry. Just wonderful.

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  12. michnavs says:

    This is such a beautiful breathing post Kim…i am taking a deep and long sigh of relief…i am inspired…

    “our fragile bodies that harbour heaven-wrought miracles are tearing each other apart” this is a very inspiring line Kim.

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