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Friday, 24 November 2017

The calm

A wind storm was on the horizon. This time of year that usually means the last of the leaves will fall from the trees. However on this peaceful morning before the storm, it was picnic time. We headed to one of our favourite picnic settings, Cavendish Grove.


On our last visit to the Grove, the autumn drama had just begun. We had our picnic on a bench overlooking the basin. 




This time, we’d sit under the trees, with the leaves falling around us.


There were numerous picnic sites to choose from. We settled for a bench again, 




under a yellow-orange maple though picnic tables were available nearby. 


The last of the fall colour will soon be scattered on the earth, a crunch of dry leaves or wet ones stuck to your boots. The distinctive autumn smell hasn’t developed yet.




So we sat and took in the scene, as we enjoyed the homemade fare, which was simple but provided comfort. There is nothing like a mug of hot tea under the trees on a cool autumn day. We heard birds around us though they were invisible, even in the diminished foliage. 




Later, we walked the familiar paths, 




leaf covered now as the colour overhead thins. The remaining layers of colour...



Enough said.


34 comments:

DJan said...

So very beautiful! Thank you for sharing this lovely excursion with me. :-)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's the end of November and you don't have snow yet? Are you SURE you're in Canada?

Tomoko said...

How wonderful to see that you have many places to hike this time of the year. Your yellow leaves are gorgeous! I like your paths covered with the fallen leaves.

Joanne Noragon said...

It is beautiful. Every season has its good looks.

Silver Willow said...

Oh my gosh, so stunning!!! Thanks for sharing!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

That's beautiful. Most of the leaves are off our trees now and a good number of them have come to rest in my backyard!

Barbara said...

One day I'm going to get to drink my coffee in a beautiful setting like that. Those pictures are the perfect vision of Fall that we don't get in Texas.

Anonymous said...

I love going with you on your walks and picnics. Pretty scenery.

Elephant's Child said...

Oh my.
How absolutely sublime. Blissful even.
Thank you.

Debbie said...

WoW!!! Autumn is so beautiful there and your pictures are gorgeous!!!!!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Words aren't necessary, really! Such beauty in these photos, simple joyful charm of the moment, in such a quiet, beautiful setting!

bill burke said...

What incredibly beautiful photos Marie. The scenes, I love. Thank you!

Celia said...

What a lovely day you had.

Catarina said...

All the pictures are breathtaking! However, if I had to choose 2, I would choose the last 2. Every autumn my dream is to find a path covered with leaves exactly like that one.
: )

Down by the sea said...

Wonderful autumn colours especially in the final picture! Sarah x

Marie Smith said...

It is a beautiful area, Jan.

Marie Smith said...

We’ll have snow on the ground soon enough, Debra.

Marie Smith said...

I enjoy walking in those leaves this time of year, Tomoko.

Marie Smith said...

I agree, Joanne. Winter’s beauty will be here soon enough.

Marie Smith said...

You’re welcome, Sw.

Marie Smith said...

We cleaned ip the garden today, John.

Marie Smith said...

I cannot imagine fall any other way, Barbara.

Marie Smith said...

I enjoy sharing the walks with you, Mildred.

Marie Smith said...

It was blissful, EC.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Debbie!

Marie Smith said...

Those moments were special, Marilyn!

Marie Smith said...

It is a gorgeous area, Bill.

Marie Smith said...

We had a great day, Celia.

Marie Smith said...

There are lots of those paths here, Catarina.

Marie Smith said...

The colour was gorgeous this year, Sarah.

The Furry Gnome said...

Great looking place for a picnic!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a wonderful sight Marie, the last of autumn colours are spectacular! Lovely too to be sitting as the last leaves fall around you like golden snowflakes ✨

Marie Smith said...

It really is, FG.

Marie Smith said...

The leaves falling around me like they did that day is one of the most peaceful times, PDP.