In Praise of a New England Autumn
It isn't yet feeling much like fall in New England. The cicadas are still filling the air with their summer song, sandals are still the the staple of my kids' wardrobes, and a warm up is expected next week. However, it is September. And this is the month when, at some point, I generally, gleefully, add jackets and boots to my life. It is the month when the nights begin to chill and the morning air is crisp. It is the month in which the first few colored leaves litter our summer-green lawns. This is also the month when the spooky spirit of Halloween fills my home in the form of bright orange lights, pumpkins, and witch-inspired decor.
I had lived a pretty full life, lived many places, given birth to four children, before moving to New England eight years ago, and yet I hadn't experienced a true autumn until I moved here. And you simply haven't lived until you've been to New England in October. Nowhere compares when it comes to this magical, colorful, and spooky time of year.
What is so wonderful about autumn in New England? Well, let me show you. (Fair warning, you are about to be bombarded by lots of photos, but they are of New England....in autumn...so how can you go wrong?)
1. New England foliage
2. And let's not forget fall foliage mixed with the ancient and spooky New England graveyards
3. Salem, Massachusetts. Salem is a good idea any time of year, but October brings out its extreme beauty, not to mention, the crazies.
4. Crunchy leaves underfoot, especially nice if paired with an antique New England stone wall or weathered gravestones
5. Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield, Massachusetts
6. Traditional white New England churches surrounded by crisp blue skies and colorful leaves
7. Small New England, historic villages
8. Picking out pumpkins in an incomparable setting
9. Sleepy Hollow, New York. No, technically, it is not part of New England, but it is a short drive for many of us New Englanders.
10. Apple picking at family farms that have often been in operation for hundreds of years. And, let's be honest, apple picking is usually just an excuse for New Englanders to gorge on cider donuts.
Autumn in New England is a special kind of magic, and the reasons are countless and too numerous to fit into a single post. Every year that I am here, I find another New England autumnal treasure that I can't imagine living the rest of my life without. So it is with overflowing excitement that I welcome another September to my favorite part of the world!
This post is part of the the Autumn Gathering blog party hosted by Heather of Audrey Eclectic. Not only is she a friend whom I am welcoming into my home later this month (can't wait to show her New England in autumn), but she is also an extremely talented artist, and I have lots of her work sprinkled throughout my home. She is selling some gorgeous autumn art, so be sure to stop by her place.
Posted by Alyson (New England Living) at 8:58 AM