157. September days had the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings was a prophetic breath of autumn. ~Rowland E. Robinson

the air is different today
the wind sings with a new tone
sighing of changes coming. .  .
~Rhawk, Alban Elfed


“Summer, barbarous in beauty,” came to a welcomed end here sooner than usual after the circle of equal light and night of the equinox.  Now autumn’s harbingers, the Maximilian sunflowers, the Spider lilies, and the Oxblood lilies have all fulfilled their prophesies.  So as I tear October’s days off the calendar, I’m starting to reflect on what I’ve accomplished and learned on my most recent trip around the sun even though the annual time coin of life is not yet completely spent.  With the feverish fret of summer’s torrid temperatures gone at last, the milder weather of the year’s last child is such that I can enjoy that endeavor by rocking and ruminating on my porch, sauntering and snappingto pics in the yard, or by finding a “perch” upon which to sit where I can take in and enjoy fall’s burgeoning spectacle.  For it is in the hushed glory of the year’s waning days, the comforting peace born of its inherent mellowness, and the enthrallment of the Lord’s abiding grace that my cup is filled to overflowing again and again.

For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.  ~Deuteronomy 16:15b  ✝

9 thoughts on “157. September days had the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings was a prophetic breath of autumn. ~Rowland E. Robinson

  1. Pingback: 157. September days had the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings was a prophetic breath of autumn. ~Rowland E. Robinson | Sacred Touches

  2. Your writing equals your photography in beauty, Natalie! I am heading out to do some more cleanup in my vegetable garden and to harvest some hydrangea that has dried and colored nicely.

    Blessings ~ Wendy


    • Thanks, Wendy. Oh I love the way hydrangeas dry. The colors often seem more lovely than the original ones. Sadly here, because of the heat, most, if not all, of mine turn brown from being fried. Enjoy your outing. Blessings, Natalie


  3. I like your oxblood lilies and agree with greenlightlady that your writing is a pleasure. Summer must be quite tough in Texas and I can understand that you’re looking forward to a gentler season. Enjoy it 🙂


    • Thanks, Annette, for the kind words. You are right. Summers here are horrendous. Had I not married a native son who vows to never leave, I would not have spent my entire adult life here. Actually Fort Worth is a fairly nice place to live except in late June, July, August, and parts of September. Actually we have some pretty hot days sometimes even into October and November. Also this area has been in a severe drought for the last 5 years and our temperatures in summer are 100+ on many of its days. Since, I grew up in Southern California where being outside in almost perfect conditions most of the time is a lifestyle I adored, life in Texas is harder. I’ve just never adapted to summer’s miserable heat here and so feel like a prisoner having to be inside in the air-conditioning for so long. Nevertheless, I have managed to have a pretty yard with lots of flowers that so far I’ve been able to keep watered and alive. And if I get out very early in the day I can work in my beds some during the summer months. So yes, I do indeed look ever so forward to everything but summer here, but nevertheless I have learned to bloom where I’ve been planted for the most part. That’s why I love hearing from you and others who live in climes more to my liking. Have a blessed week. Natalie 🙂


      • What a lovely expression that you’ve learned to bloom whereever you’ve been planted! I shall add this to my vocabulary. Enjoy the cooler days 🙂


      • I don’t know where that expression came from but I’ve always identified with it. We’ve actually had about an inch of rain today so I’m celebrating that event as well as the cooler days. I hope you have a great week, Annette. Blessings, Natalie 🙂


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