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First day of November…

Now the clocks have changed and October has slipped by it feels as if we are really settling into winter.  Dark mornings and colder weather greet us each day, but how pleasant to sit in the evening by the warm  fireside with a candle or two flickering away in the background.  This is now the time for planning; getting prepared for the celebrations to come as Christmas is just around the corner.  This is what I wrote in my Art Journal from Celebrating the Year 2009.

November

 with its misty mornings and crisp starry nights. 

An inky black sky lit up by lamplight and stars and of course -fireworks.

 

Both the trees and ground are now bare once again as everything settles down for rest.  The leaves that have fallen from the trees crunch and rustle beneath us – as crisp as the air itself, making the acoustics for this month stand out from all the others.

 

Although November is remembered mostly for its traditional events of Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day my own memories will always be of the November day when my youngest daughter married in the village church in Masham, surrounded by family and friends in such a charming place.  The brilliant sunshine cutting through the sharp cold air giving a special quality to the autumn colours and the photos we took.  For us it was a day of celebration and joy from beginning to end.

“My Sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.”
–  Robert Frost, My November Guest

This is a really busy month for me, people and Craft Fairs to visit, lots of making and baking to do not to mention the shopping – I can’t wait to get started.  Have a great November I know I will.

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