An Autumn Ramble

Wending Our Way Through Autumn

Wending Our Way Through Autumn

Autumn brings out my romantic nature.  I recall that Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe would take rambles down country lanes on Prince Edward Island.  An autumn road beckons all who are young-at-heart to ramble.  In Persuasion by the one and only Jane Auston,  Louisa Musgrove coyly asks Captain Wentworth to help her look for fallen nuts in the hedgerow while brokenhearted Ann Elliot is excluded.  Ah Autumn.  It brings out bittersweet emotions almost too beautiful to bear!  That sounds like Maryanne in Sense and Sensibility, doesn’t it…

A brisk autumn ramble with friends is just the thing to capture the serendipitous days of color and fragrance that is fall.  I have indeed managed several strolls through crisp leaves to find black walnuts and filberts in the hedge rows.  The garden calls me to gather rose hips, bittersweet and crab apples for arrangements that put the most elite florist to shame.  Apples still cling to the trees in the chapel orchard, urging me to make an apple cake with caramel glaze for company and Sunday dinner…it is so rich, I make it only when there are many to share it.

Sharon and Janet

Sharon and Janet


Sharon and Cindy

Sharon and Cindy

I shared a ramble with Janet and Cindy  in and around our Farm Grove barn acreage.  We picked wild herbs and herbs from Grandma’s garden, bright berry swags and goldenrod, nuts and vines.  What a glorious way to celebrate God’s fruitful creation.  Autumn is fleeting; catch it before it slips away.



About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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