Madam, you seem to have dropped your coat

In the pleasant orchard closes, `God bless all our gains’, say we; But `May God bless all our losses’ Better suits with our degree.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning A closeup of one tree in the fall orchard featured yesterday.

Colorful fall orchard

“A man is old when he can pass an apple orchard and not remember the stomach ache.” ~ James Russell Lowell The orchard trees are now dormant, and the few freezes we’ve had have knocked off all their leaves. However, it is warm and wet enough for the grass to grow.

American Heritage Girl

“I promise to love God, Cherish my family, Honor my country, and Serve in my community.” ~ American Heritage Girls Oath My daughter participates in AHG instead of Girl Scouts, a growing trend among Christians and conservatives who think that the Girl Scouts have gotten too liberal. It’s your basic God, country, and excellence program…

Ready for planting

“He who thinks he is raising a mound may only in reality be digging a pit.” ~ Ernest Bramah A closeup of the holes being dug in yesterday’s post.  Even closer pic below.

Tree holes

“It is a good thing to follow the First Law of Holes: if you are in one, stop digging” ~ Denis Healey If you look closely, you can see the guy with the post hole digger.

Red leaves at the curb

Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day. ~ Elizabeth Bowen These red leaves were so striking against the pavement.

Sidewalk moss grid

Give me the man who will surrender the whole world for a moss or a caterpillar, and impracticable visions for a simple human delight. ~ Bruce Frederick Cummings I thought this was a nice contrast of colors, and animate v. inanimate.

Red leaves in the lot

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay. ~ Robert Browning Nice contrast, pretty red colors. Here’s a bigger version

Dollar Scoop Nite

“My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy the ice cream while it’s on your plate” ~ Thornton Wilder So many flavors!

Colorful fall streets

“Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.” ~ Anonymous Colors down near by boy’s school. Pano below. “Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that…

Fall orchard

A man’s worth has its season, like fruit. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld These are the cherry trees that had such beautiful fruit on them previously. Winter dormancy. Pano below.

Winter vineyard

My lover is like a sachet of myrrh lying between my breasts. He is like a bouquet of sweet henna blossoms from the vineyards of En-gedi. ~ Song of Solomon 1:13-15 (New Living Translation) Kinda depressing! Dormant for winter.

More winter grapes

You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? ~ Jesus in Matthew 7:16 It’s a strange sight, but living out in farmland, I am getting used to the amazing amount of food LEFT BEHIND after harvest.

Winter grapes

I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a…