"I've been letting my mind wonder at night. My thoughts should have a curfew." Am Kidd

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A sparkle on the leaves

(Image Source: Pixdaus)

"How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow."
- Elsie N. Brady, Leaves

November has arrived. Pen in hand I sit by my window and try to collect my thoughts. I must try and concentrate and plan for the coming holidays... but I can't! The magic of Autumn continues to lure me and distract me. I use any excuse to go for a walk, to step outside and hear the leaves crunch beneath my feet, to wrap myself in a velvet cloak, to sit on a park bench,  close my eyes and soak the last bit of warmth the golden sun has to offer.

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Abby, who has also succumbed to the spell of the leaves pauses for a moment to model her black velvet dress :0)
 (Sorry, photo is a bit fuzzy)
November has not only brought golden leaves, it's also brought a lovely surprise which has added a sparkle to my day. I have received the Simply Lovely Award from my dear friend Paula, the talented creator of Tattered Gold.   In this amazing world of Blogging there are places that shine with a light of their own, places where magical feelings abound. Paula's place is that and more.

Thank you Paula, you are the best!

To continue with the "rules of the game" I should pass on this Award to 15 lovely bloggers. I do agonize everytime I am asked to do this, I TRULY feel that ALL the Blogs I visit and follow deserve this Award and more. So, my dear friends,  feel free to grab the botton and display it. I hope this brings as many special sparkles to your day as it has brought to mine!

 Sunshine is calling... I hear the distant sound of a tamborine...

 (Image Source: Bing)

"There is music in the meadows, in the air --
Autumn is here;
Skies are gray, but hearts are mellow,
Leaves are crimson, brown, and yellow;
Pines are soughing, birches stir,
And the Gipsy trail is fresh beneath the fir..."
(William Stanley Braithwaite, Lyric of Autumn)


  1. Hi Alina...what a lovely and gorgeous post..so awesome to see all those beautiful leaves! and Abby is adorable too!Beautiful words...and congrats on your award..yay!

    Have a lovely day full of sparkles for all the wonderful magic you share!

  2. I was just thinking about you Alina and up you pop with this lovely post. Abby looks too adorable in her new glamorous ensemble!

    Continue to enjoy these mellow autumn days - those leaves look so crunchy ...


  3. Congratulations on your award. This was truly a lovely post. Autumn is such a magical time of the year.

  4. How I adore Autumn...it is my favourite season! We are in the midst of Spring here but the weather is anything but. Enjoy those magical moments my friend, and congratulations on such a lovely award - I must go and visit this blog x

  5. Dearest Alina,
    This is why I so love coming by your special place. For a few stolen moments, I am set adrift on a mini vacation! Indeed, the days of autumn are lingering ... for they are deliciously warm and sunny. Today, the air was filled with birdsong, lifting my spirits beyond and into the clearest blue sky!

    I wish you and Abby continued days wrapped in fall's glorious bliss! Perhaps you will find inspiration amongst nature's beauty to help you compose your thoughts for the tasks ahead! :))

  6. Beautiful post. The images are all absolutely gorgeous! Lovely poems and Abby is just the sweetest!

  7. What a lovely start to your November! I do love this month. I can just imagine all the beautiful, colorful leaves. Abby is so sweet, always enjoy photos of her too!

  8. The sun's shining and the leaves are golden, and I'll dream of Abby as I walk round the green.

  9. Abby looks like she is ready to roll in all those fun leaves! I hope you are enjoying your fall Alina! It's almost winter here. :(

    Happy weekend friend!
    xo Catherine

  10. Querida Alina, al compartir tus sentimientos sobre el otoño se me abre un mundo de posibilidades para comenzar a disfrutarlo apenas llegue a mis tierras... la verdad es que no lo disfruto mucho, aunque sí el caminar sobre las hojas y sentirlas bajo mis pies... te agradezco me motives a esperarlo con ansias.
    muchos cariños
    maria cecilia
    p.s. Abby está preciosa!!!!

  11. Hola Alina ,pasaba a saludarte.
    Precioso ,reflexivo y mágico otoño que nos llena de sensaciones.
    Un placer visitarte.

  12. Me encantan las fotos que seleccionastes! Muy adecuadas para la estacion!

    un abrazo


  13. I love Abby, and all of your images compliment your writings so well. It's just like a beautiful dream visiting here.

  14. I so miss the Autumn of the NorthEast! The smell, the air, ahhhh, your blog post brings it all back to me! I really loved your Halloween post and all your photos, gorgeous. Your blog always makes me smile. :)

  15. I agree that this is a wonderful time for walks out there: fresh air, turning leaves, eager pets... Beautiful post.

  16. Hi Alina! I'm loving every bit of beautiful autumn too. Any excuse to get outside is a good one, especially since I stayed indoors in the air conditioning for what seemed like the longest, hottest summer ever! The leaves and the chilly temps are just so wonderful! Your pictures are gorgeous and little Abby couldn't be any cuter in her new dress! Congratulations on your lovely award. Have a fun Sunday! xo Paulette

  17. " The falling leaves drift by muy window of red and gold..
    I see you lip, the summer kisses..."

    Me encanta el otoño y ésta canción.

    Un beso Alina :-)

  18. Hi Alina..thanks for dropping in and your kind words! Hugs! Hope you are having a lovely day..and have a sparkling week ahead!

  19. Hello, dearest Alina! Well, I've been aching to get back to Blogging. Like you, I've been drifting, drifting, enjoying, loving, etc. Thank goodness, though, November's chill has snapped me into, "Uh, oh! Christmas is coming!" mode. It's a good thing that we're slightly ahead of you all, down South, or I'd never be ready in time! Now, I'm getting so much done - putting the garden in STILL! Unpacking more boxes from our move, two years ago. Finding wonderful resources for my boys and being a mom. Being homey! Ahhhhhh! I just feel that I must do these things before I may Blog a whole heap, again. Soooooooon.......

    I just wanted you to know where I am. I think of you very much, you know. It was WONDERFUL to visit you, today, and to get a little dose of "Alina"! You're not forgotten, lovely friend!

    Love, Me xo

    P.S. Hug and kiss the pup for me! =]


Albert Schweitzer said "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit" I thank you all!