Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Autumn Whispers

The summer days are fading, as they must
From endless hours to short and fleeting light

The bird's once bright, immortal tune, now cries
A melancholy aura to the dusk

The children fiercely climb, and dream, and race
Before their wild and unchained days depart

And yet beneath the zeal lies a half heart
For there isn't time, there's only enough space

The sun seems low, a hazy orange sphere
Now reminiscing sweetly of the days

When endlessly before you summer lay
And as in the deep, crimson dusk you stir

Your soul joins with the birds in wistful brood
Crying for lost summer days, for childhood

by Shannon Georgia Schaubroeck

It was still
dark when I
awoke this
morning to
take Gracie out....
Which portends, to
me, more than
anything else,
that summer 
is closing the
and saying

{Thank you
all for your
strong, warrior-like
and loving
comments about
the poor dogs
that I was able
to assist last weekend.
I'm sure
hoping that I
can hang up
my super-hero
dog-saving cape,
for a while.
You are ALL the
best and inspire
me in ways you
can never

I'm linking up to
Kathleen at Faded Charm
for White Wednesday.

all images:  Privet & Holly
{and affilliates!}


cityfarmer said...

I feel that nip in the evening air ... but yet summer hangs on tight here in the burbs ... it's been glorious.

enjoy sweater weather

love you missy

Regina said...

Ho time flies so fast.. And Autumn is just around the corner..
Beautiful post and blog Suzanne.


Melissa K said...

I can't believe how fast Autumn has come around again - what lovely pictures and a beautiful poem for saying bye for now to summer

Julie said...

I am looking forward to Fall. This summer in NC has truly been one of the hottest in quite a number of years. I love Autumn as the nights begin to cool down and the mornings are crisp. I can leave my back door open and let the Fresh air seep into my house that has been shut up all summer with the A/C running. It feels good!!!
We are surrounded by huge trees on all sides and I LOVE to see the colors changing. Goodbye to summer's gardens, but HELLO to Autumns burst of new colors. (out come the rakes!) Hugs to you. Enjoyed my visit.

A Vintage Chic said...

Good morning, Suzanne! Oh, what a lovely post this first stop of the day...

Lovely images, lovely music, usual...lovely words to accompany all.

Somehow I missed your last post about the poor dogs--oh, my goodness! Thank heaven you were in the right place on both of those occasions! Hard to imagine what people are thinking sometimes, isn't it?

I hope your first day of September is beautiful in every way, my comes my favorite time of the year!


Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

We're just beginning to feel a tiny nip in the air in the early morning here. I hate to let summer go, but at the same time, I love autumn. It always seems like the shortest season to me, so I don't want to waste a minute of it!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Your blog makes me feel "cultured":) I love coming here for a breath of fresh poetry air. It's definitely coming...I can feel autumn breathing on my neck!

Rebecca said...

I love how you told a story of the end of summer with all the pics!

Anonymous said...

I thought the same thing this morning when the sun wasn't shining as I went by too fast!
But other beautiful things are waiting ~

Enjoy today!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Beautiful poem and loved all the white on this sweltering day!

La Dolfina said...

Beautiful Suzanne!
You should be receiving your package any day now :)
Have the best day my friend.
Love you

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

LOVED this so much...those little paws on the window on your header...adorable...

doggy lover here BIG TIME too...

my sweet little teddy...i just love and adore him...


kary and teddy

pollydove said...

It really is amazing how quickly we notice a change - all around, and the end of summer. I love your images today! Especially the white hydrangea.

Blondie's Journal said...

Lovely words and images. I love the changing seasons!


Rozmeen said...

Lovely peom and pictures. Yes we have to welcome autumn but I cant let go to the summer :-)

xx Rozmeen

Morning T said...

Fabulous post, helping us to start closing the door on a long, hot summer.
Thanks Suzanne!

Anonymous said...

I thought I saw you waving at me this morning... I was taking Rowdy outside at the same time you were taking Gracie out. At least I thought that was you... *giggles*


Vonda said...

Beautiful shots! I saw you won the e-book from Kim--Congrats--I am being dragged along into the fall. I know I will come along--it just takes me a while.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

I am SO ready for fall ! The coziness, the baking ... oh- perfect.
Have a pretty day!

Olive Cooper said...

The poem is timely and sweet. It was 67 degrees this morning and I sat on my deck for a couple of hours. hugs♥olive

traci said...

perfect words and photos. i am so ready for fall. i think i may have mentioned it a couple times already.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I've been in a fall-ish mood since we've had rainstorms for several days. Spending time outside watching, listening. Waiting on the edge of fall.

Faded Charm said...

So glad you could join in today and I'm so sad to see Summer coming to an end. It is my favorite time ofthe year.

Take care,


Amanda said...

What beautiful images to accompany such lovely words! It's all so evocative. I adore the change of seasons too - but of course for us spring has sprung,the days are getting lighter, and I have beautiful jasmine on my desk today. xx

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Suzanne,
I am looking forward the winters chill :)
looks to be you are busy over here, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit me!! Thank you for the dear sweet beautiful comment on the art of my Sanctuary Nested birds :)
I will see you soon!

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

I'm in New England and we have had an unseasonably warm few weeks...I can only hope for cooler breezes to blow through! Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog and please tell your friends that I will keep her in my thoughts & prayers during her treatment! xoxo Beth

Fearless Nester said...

This morning I was up when it finally got light out at 5:30 here, but it was way too hot for this time of year and I will embrace the cool when it arrives sometime next week. Love the hydrangeas, and all the other soothing white images in your post. Now I'm ready for some end of summer! ~Lili

Debra@Common Ground said...

I think most of us are ready for fall as it's been a long hot summer. But with children and all that entails the passing of time with school, it's different for young mothers. I love the beginning of the Holiday season and all that comes with it. Even when my kids were young, fall marked a time of new beginnings.

Deborah said...

I cant feel Autumn yet..but maybe because I havent kissed summer goodbye yet...but I love autumn too...its glorious colours, smells,and the warmth it brings to my life...cozy days with family & snuggly blankets, comfort foods, and hot spiced apple cider, and the many, many reasons to be "thankful".
Im thankful for you, sweet friend...

Deborah xoxo

June said...

Suzanne I am sorry to see Summer go, but go it must, and were it not for Fall being such a gorgeous season here I would be wailing and mourning and refuse to be comforted. (yes, that was a little dramatic wasn't it?) Autumn is so beautiful here in my part of Idaho, so I enjoy the Fall a lot.
Your post was beautiful as always.
I read with sadness how you had been out playing super hero to the dogs of your area. It seems so sad that so many seem to be without common sense. But I sure am glad they had you to rescue them.
Thank you Suzanne for your lovely comment. I don't think you can know what it meant to me.
hugs to you from here...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning precious gal.....Oh how I am so stressed with school preparations, but blogging and visiting is a comforting place for me, and seeing other posts like yours brings me such joy. Do i see a photo of the State Fair in there? Have a lovely week. Anita

Mrs. Wright said...

Beautiful soul...thank you for such inspiration in your words. I, too read An Edwardian Lady and thought of the book when I saw your blog title. Like you I am from Pacific NW and our family is considering a doberman puppy. Life is wonderful...Be Well and continue to create and inspire!

pretty pink tulips said...

Upon checking out of our little hotel in the Hamptons yesterday....I noticed a little card on the desk. It was from the Humane Society and was all about not leaving animals in cars. Eerie that the message was there again. I'll keep my eyes open! Off to Faded Charm.
xoxo Elizabeth

Miss Sew & So said...

bonjour s...gosh i just read your last post and cannot drink my tea- how and why do people do that to their animals- your poor son having to hear and see that...

i loved your poem...but i am still awaiting any happy feelings about the arrival of autumn...i am a summer gal- and although i do looove both autumn and winter when in the throngs of it...if i'm honest i'd rather sit on a rug in the front garden every day...

thankyou for all your wonderful thoughtful comments later- i really do love hearing your thoughts...there are some people that look at the world in a similar way...i feel blessed to have found you...

melissa xx

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I've decided that I want you to narrate my life. Seriously!
Nobody chooses prose or turns a phrase quite like you do, sweetest of friends!

Big hugs,

Teresa said...

Beautiful post, Suzanne! The pictures are absolutely perfect for the poem. The summer days are certainly fading here - I have such a hard time enjoying Autumn, (which I really do love), because I know what's coming next!

dovecote Decor said...

O.K., on the dog poetry area I can weigh in pretty well. I wrote a ballad, in correct form, for the Landseer Newf that raised me: Are you READY.

Newfy was a canine King,
A noble dog was he,
Of massive build and gentle brow,
Defining pedigree,

His race was of the Northern climes,
Bred to brave the seas,
To save unwary mariners,
On windswept, shipwrecked eves.

Sired by Sinjin Grenoble,
The sibling of Northern Star,
Newfy lived in Glen Cove,
His race has traveled far.

I recite it often on the streets for Newf people. They are completely stunned, are you not totally embarrassed for me! Of course, I continue on, so I have no shame for random poetry!
You take me back to fun old memories,

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Beautiful prose and beautiful pictures. We are still waiting to have summer here in Southern California. It has been a very cool season but I know the rest of the country was hit hard by the heatwave so I wish all of you a lovely and cool fall. The picture of the white hydrangea is gorgeous. I love how you create your posts...they are always so lovely.

shari @ little blue deer said...

Such a lovely post, Suzanne, you really do have a way with words! It will be awhile before fall arrives here in the deep South, but I can definitely feel it from your beautiful post! XX!