Here in New Jersey, it’s not easy to tell that fall has arrived simply by looking around. Much of the scenery is still bathed in the verdant greenery of summer. When we walk to the bus stop in the morning, there are not yet piles of dead leaves for us to trample with a satisfying crunch. For now, autumn exists in the chill of the morning air, and in that easily-recognized, yet hard-to-describe scent that greets us when we step outside.
Better photographers than I, know how to capture that crisp feel and that Fall smell. I am not there yet myself, and so for now, my images of fall are centered around my home, and in clearly visible harbingers of my own creation.
For me, early fall is boxing up the lemons and cherries, and putting pumpkins and leaves in their place.
It is donning an apron,
preparing the annual First Day of Fall Pumpkin Bread,
and putting the small loaves together with newly-sewn cloth napkins and bags of mulling spices, so that each boy may present a Fall Goodie Bag to his teacher.
Early autumn is that first sip of mulled apple cider, that first morning that you feel the need to grab a sweater on the way out the door, and that first leaf, ablaze with color, that drifts slowly, slowly, slowly down, to settle lightly on the green grass.
Now that you know how I ring in the new season, visit the other blogs below who are welcoming autumn this morning. And if you are enjoying the first day of fall on your blog today, won’t you add your link, too? In your own post, be sure to link back here (use this URL) so that your readers can enjoy the autumnal goodness on these other participating blogs, too.
Happy Fall everyone! I have a feeling I’m going to get nothing done today, aside from reading all of your posts and sipping hot apple cider…