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I never wear orange!


Not because I don’t love the colour, but clearly it doesn’t love me.


If you are old enough to remember getting your “colours” done, I discovered back then that I am a “summer.”


I got a little booklet with swatches of colours (which I still have)  that look best on me.


Among them are mostly the pastel shades of blue, pink and gray.


Visibly absent are the strong jewel tones and absolutely no bright yellow, red, and orange.


The fall colours.


Which on me, sadly, look like a vampire drained all the blood from my veins!



A nearby country road


The ski hills are alive with colour.



However, in the fall, I get to indulge in this palate as it is all around.


All I have to do is step outside.


Missing Paris of course, but I am consoled that my principal residence is in one of the very best parts of the world to enjoy this season, and putting the pernicious COVID aside, it has proved to be a gorgeous autumn.


The maple trees have been a riot of colour, contrasted by clean crisp air and brilliant blue sky.

No wonder after the intense heat of the summer, so many of us love this time of year.

The Smashing Pumpkins*


Even though Halloween may be cancelled for many this year,  there is no shortage of fall displays, maybe more of them in fact.


Autumn is a choreographed canvas of Mums, straw bales, golden corn stalks, and pumpkins, oh how I love pumpkins!



Pumpkins everywhere!



Kids love to get lost in this corn stalk maze.



Love squash of all kinds at this time of year!



Living in the country as I do, a visit up the road to Morrison’s pumpkin patch is a tradition to see their diverse array of squash, gourds and masses of pumpkins, of all shapes and sizes.


And all creatively displayed.






Designer pumpkins are popular. There are albino ones to add variety.



These are called albino or Ghost pumpkins.


I bought a couple for my front door sparking a few passersby to question my taste.


“Do they have a disease?” one person asked.


Not for everyone I guess.


La Toussaint — All Saints Day

Although not as long-standing a tradition as it is elsewhere, Halloween is celebrated by some in France but it is eclipsed by the widely celebrated national holiday on November 1st called La Toussaint, which takes the place of our Thanksgiving holidays.


Technically, it is a Catholic holy day and a time when families visit cemeteries to remember and honour their deceased relatives.

*Remember the Rock group? The Smashing Pumpkins


Love to hear how you are enjoying the fall, or the spring wherever you are!

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  1. Fran on October 25, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Good morning
    Fall is a beautiful season with magnificent colours.
    Taking a ride along the lakeshore road in Montreal, we see all the trees in the magnificent homes where the colours are striking.

    • Diana Bishop on October 25, 2020 at 9:58 am

      I think it has been particularly beautiful this year. Less rain to bring down all the leaves! Love hearing from you Fran! Diana

  2. Lea Vares Greenwood on October 25, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I just ordered a purse from Paris with a beautiful orange liner. LaFlore, Paris has a stunning purse on a kickstarter campaign. The orange interior will make seeing inside my purse so easy. Bebebark handbag looks so lovely.

    • Diana Bishop on October 25, 2020 at 10:00 am

      You have to send me a picture!

      Will you be able to join for my interview with author Samantha Verant on November 10th at 12:30 pm. Would love to have you! If you have not registered yet, just go the landing page of my website and the link is in the copy at the top.
      Best to Lea and thank you for the comment. Diana

  3. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on October 25, 2020 at 9:17 am

    I am an “Autumn” … no surprise there! I had my colours done, too – and still have the folder of all the colours I look best in! Fall is THE most glorious time of the year (except being the harbinger of winter coldness) – and I only have to look out my 11th floor windows to see hundreds of colourful Milton trees! It is a feast for these tired eyes!

    • Diana Bishop on October 25, 2020 at 10:01 am

      Lucky you and Shardie too… she is Fall and can wear glorious oranges, and reds.. and even lime green. Deadly on me.
      Best to you, Diana

  4. Shardie Stevenson on October 25, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Aaah Orange …..such a wonderful happy colour and the signature colour for “The Happy Space as you know. 😉 Your photos are glorious!!!
    I love the fall because the colours are my favourite palette. Wearing orange and all the fall colours brings me joy! I had my colours done too and yes like my cousin Gretchen who is a gorgeous “ginger” I AM a Fall too. I also use the colour extensively in my annual garden pots so the turning of the leaves works right into my outdoor colour scheme !
    The Fall colours are really on trend in decor right now …….golden rod is especially big for velvet toss cushions. Your blog is bang on in capturing our imaginations as usual ! xoxo

    • Diana Bishop on October 25, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you Shardie — and yes, orange is your colour. You look fabulous in it. So jealous! Diana

  5. Tamara on October 26, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Love the Fall and the trees, so esthetic with colour! I may go for a fall drive to see them, Logan will love that! Love the pics, Nice going on your Blog there Diana, a beautiful read while I’m waiting on hold, lol…so enjoyable reading your articles and listening to elevator music on hold in the background…. 🙂 Happy Fall and Halloween to you, we shall see what gathers here in Ontario, in terms of chocolate, I DO KNOW there at the very least will be that!!!! I love you in Blue Diana, beautiful colour. Happy to be doing my own morning routine at this late morning hour with me, on hold, and your blog. Its a perfect morning, aww. 🙂

    • Diana Bishop on October 26, 2020 at 10:39 am

      Great to hear from you Tamara… you are so much fun. Thank you for your comments and making me smile.
      I hope you will join me for my interview with Samanthat Verant on November 10th … just 40 minutes with 3 Giveaway Draws…and I know you of all people would like her love story! You can register by going to my website landing page at

  6. Donna on October 26, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    I am actually a spring but love to wear orange and also enjoy the magnificent fall colours. Yes, Diana I do agree that we live in one the best places in the world. Being close to the Bruce Trail is a bonus. My recent hikes on the trail was very peaceful with the sound of babbling brooks, the views of spectacular waterfalls, the gorgeous red, orange and yellow autumn leaves and that wonderful smell of fall in the air. Your photos are terrific, Diana.

    • Diana Bishop on October 28, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Donna,
      So great to hear from you! I hope you are doing well.
      I bet you do look good in orange. Either way, we have to enjoy what ever nice Fall weather there is left to us before the snow flies right? Best to you and thank you for your comment. Diana

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