Annual Rites of Passage


Colorful autumn leaves offer us eye candy now.

Sugar maple trees are warm and beautiful.  Childhood

memories of many-hued leaves our Dad raked into

piles in Sturbridge.  Shrieking, we jumped into the


leaf piles.  It’s what kids do! As I take in all

the colors, the outdoors beckons.  After another

frost, I wanted some photos of our gardens before

winter’s white blanket covers everything.


Yesterday the collards were ready to harvest.

My deceased librarian colleague informed me

that collards taste their finest after the first

frost.  Noting that no more apples were on


the lawn, I spied two young bushy tails climbing

one tree to pluck apples off a branch.  The winds

will help the remaining ones fall for greedy paws

to hold for the feast.  Some of our birds greet


me in song.  They shelter in our bird houses

to get protection from Nature’s elements.

Crisp air.  Warm colors.  Sights and sounds of

fall: raking leaves, final mowing of lawns.


The annual rites of passage of our lovely

four seasons in Upstate New York.  I do

not adhere to the camp of those who

complain of how cold the weather is.


No, I smile to myself as I fondly recall

my Massachusetts childhood:  the leaves at

the Old Sturbridge Village. Snowsuits.

Blueberry picking with empty pails


but blue mouths from eating the

blueberries the best way:  by the

handful directly off the bush.  So tasty.

Bundle up now and get rosy cheeks.


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26 Responses to Annual Rites of Passage

  1. Olivia says:

    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I enjoyed your sentiments. This is a marvelous time of year. oxox

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    • Anne, thank you so much. A gentle reminder is always appreciated. Hope your weekend is lovely. We enjoyed golden beets from our garden too. Be well. oxox


      • I’ve never had a golden beet. It would be nice to not worry about red beet stain. oxox

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      • Anne, I agree about the stain part. The golden beet are not as intense in flavor as the red ones. Sometimes, we can get rainbow beets and rainbow carrots at the supermarket. So delicious! We cook the beet tops too. If you can read Bette A. Stevens’ comments on this blog, you might see her recipe for Swiss Chard. Same recipe for beet greens. Try planting some golden beets in your garden. Enjoy your day! oxox


      • I will never try to grow anything useful, because I kill everything except pernicious weeds. Next year we should go to the local produce market and try things, because they have unusual vegetables, along with the normal ones. oxox

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      • Anne, how lovely to have unusual vegetables to try. I always ask how they cook them when the grower is selling. Good soil and water is needed for veggies. Do you ever try tomatoes grown in a pot? I have this thing about remembering to water plants so now I don’t bring them indoors. Haha. I enjoyed your comment about trying to grow something useful. I don’t have a green thumb but between the two of us, we seem to grow and harvest a few vegetable. Be well. oxox


      • I tried tomatoes in a pot once. Once was enough, because I drowned them with tender, loving care. Loving people is so much more rewarding. oxox

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      • Anne, I have to agree with you. Amusing note about drowning tomatoes. Loving people is more important. Be well. oxox

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  3. R. Nemecek says:

    Fond memories of the leaves of autumn from my childhood, but the colors in upstate NY are hard to beat. Very well done!

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  4. We picked our last bunches of Swisschard today… Some for supper, more for freezer. Yesterday it was beets and beet greens. Each seaon holds special wonders even when it’s passed! ❤ Lovely reflection from your home, Mary Ann! xo

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    • Bette, thank you for the comment. Much appreciated. ❤ You grow such a great variety in your garden! What color beets do you grow? I just re-hydrated our beet greens to enjoy for supper tonight. Do you have a special recipe for Swisschard? I simmer our collards in chicken broth after first adding a dash of olive oil and garlic to the pot. Believe it or not, I still harvest collards all winter, even in snow. Enjoy your weekend and be well. oxox

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      • Sauted Swisschard: Olive oil and garlic for a few minutes, add swisschard and salt each layer lightly, cover and steam for 5 minutes, stir and cover again for 15 minutes. Enjoy your weekend too! ❤ xoxoxo

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      • Wow, Bette. We are on the same page! That’s how I did a few of our beet tops! So tasty and healthy for you too. Enjoy the Swisschard. We had to clean up most of our garden yesterday. Another frost last night too. Enjoy your day! oxox

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      • Our Beets: Purple! We love the greens too!

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      • Bette, thanks for the information on the beet colors. I didn’t know they came in an array of colors until my daughter and I enjoyed some at the Metropolitan Museum of Art a few years ago. As I recall the beets were a lighter white, a yellow and an orange. No purple. But so tasty. My husband got the seeds for golden beets and planted them for this year. We love the greens as well. Very tasty. Enjoy! oxox

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  5. Emily says:

    Love the leaf piles photo! Wonderful blog xoxo

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  6. Wonderful thoughts – and autumn is a great time for thinking – and to be surrounded with glorious colors of the season. Just so happens that my previous post (before Red) featured Autumn. I think you will enjoy it.

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  7. Annika Perry says:

    Beautiful Autumn memories and stunning Autumn photos – I’m with you on enjoying the cold weather – no complaints from me there either but the damp grey rain is another matter! I would love to visit the States one year and witness the North East Fall!

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    • Annika, thank you for the lovely comment. The damp grey is not my favorite either. I find myself donning more colors to counteract the dreary skies. The Northeast of the US will not disappoint in the fall. There are all sorts of bus tours or driving directions to witness the beauty firsthand. I hope all is well with you and your family. Is your son still at university? Do you have another writing project at the moment? Life intervenes even with blogging. May you have a great weekend despite the grey. oxox

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      • Annika Perry says:

        Thank you we are all well and my son is loving a third year work placement within computing at PepsiCo! Then he will return to university for his final year next September.. the time has flown by! How true about life intervening with blogging however today I’m sharing a piece I wrote recently and I will be popping back now and then! Wishing you all well! Xx

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      • Annika, thank you for the family update. Thrilling times indeed. Don’t blink because the next thing you know, your son will be married with children and you a grandmother! Looks like Old Man Winter is about to strike here. Look forward to more of your writing. Be well and enjoy the weekend. oxox

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