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