Greetings to all who will be visiting our gorgeous Hickory Nut Gorge this fall.

What is it about autumn that is such a beloved season? We can experience the intense heat of an Indian summer day and turn around within hours to gather wood for a roaring fire to warm us. Ribbons of colorful leaves cover the country back roads and decorate the sides of our freeways. We entertain goblins during this season and begin new years of scholarly studies. Our kitchens are filled with the lovely scents of warm apple crisps, hearty soups and freshly baked breads. Life is good, we say. And indeed it is.

So much has been written of this lovely season. Enjoy this snippet from L.M. Montgomery’s, Anne of Green Gables:

“October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, where the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchards were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in the aftermath.

Anne reveled in the world around her.

Oh Mariella, she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?””

Indeed it would, Anne. An elegant autumn was introduced to me many years ago by Nat, a much older friend who was passionate in her devotion to all things fall! Having been raised in the land where there was one season, summer, I never appreciated the wonder of the earth turning over to reveal this most elegant time of year. One thing I have learned is that we must be patient waiting for fall.

Just as we must wait for spring to unfold the new green earth, fall takes her good time to become magnificent!