all the lovely colours of autumn

2 10 2014

And what lovely colours they are!  I may wax a bit lyrical here, but for the first time I can see why people are inspired to write long odes, compose songs and publish lots and lots of photographs about it.

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Excuse us.  This is our first real Autumn.  Sorry, South Africans.  What you get is not really autumn.  The colours look pretty in a few spots for a week or two.  Emmerantia Dam looks totally gorgeous. and a few streets in Parkhurst.  But the rest… it just is not the real thing. 

And definitely not what we got in the bushveld: all the leaves turning a dullgrey-brown and two weeks they all like crumpled and crumbled underfoot. 

This Europe, northern Europe place, can DO Autumn.  Wow. 

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From the small plants with vermillion leaves to the blueberry plants mimicking ruddy sunsets to the large trees across the river flourishing splendid golds, the wish overcomes me to pull out my paints and try to capture each gorgeous hue and size in their flashiness.

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These views are daily delights and I treasure each gift of beauty we get to experience.


One of the blessings of autumn (especially early autumn) is the abundance of berries to be found in the wild.  We got to go along and pick blueberries and lingonberry. 

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The trick is to find just the right spot, that has not been thoroughly gleaned and where the berries get enough sun to grow sweet and big.

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Then you use super-uber berry pickers to get as many off the bushes as possible in one go.

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Stop for a really good fika along the way.  (Come to Sweden and I will teach you all about fika. It is well worth learning about). 

Then load all the wonderfully great harvest into the car. 

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That is about where the fun stops for a while.  Cleaning, sorting and preparing berries is not great fun!  But making delicious blueberry crumbles, lingon sylt (awesome jam that goes onto EVERYTHING here), and having a freezer full of berries for the coming winter is a wonderful prospect.

(Deon has a theory-story here. Boy meets girl at berry picking.  It is all so romantic. Glances shared over rosy berry bushes as the sun shines down on happy faces.  Talk flows, and they glow  with the thrill of the capture.  But this could all turn so sour after trays and trays and trays of purple finger tips digging through berries where too many stalks have been left, boredom of yet another load to be cleaned and the same stories being retold.  It could be a test of true love! Perpetual blue finger tips just don’t appeal t a sense of romance .. )   

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We have had lovely sunny days, but the cold is here already!  We had several mornings of –7degrees Celcius last week, and the wind blew several of our gorgeous golden treasures from the branches over the weekend.  The change is 2 days was quite remarkable!  So I grab and store every sunny moment in my memory for the dark days coming. 

While I am not yet sure it would be my favourite season, I am enjoying our first real Autumn ever.

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One response

3 10 2014

Autumn in Sweden is so beautiful! Enjoy!

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