|Photo by Sara Tavares|
Sister Sara Tavares posted these quotes from BookBud Bulletin recently. Enjoy. Also see a special tip to preserving your fall leaves below.
My soul is wedded to it,
And if I were a bird I’d fly.
About the earth
Seeking the successive autumns.
Every leaf speaks
Bliss to me.
From the Autumn tree.
Emily Bronte, “Fall Leaves, Fall”
Everyone must take
Time to sit still
Watch the leaves turn.
Autumn is the
& what we lose in flowers
We more than
Gain In fruits.
“Aprils have never
meant much to me,
Autumns seem that
Season of beginning,
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffanys
Fall colors are funny.
They’re so bright and intense and
Beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to
Fill you up with color, to saturate you
So you can stockpile it before winter
Turns everything muted and dirty.
Siobhan Vivian, “Same Difference”
the year’s last loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant
I would rather sit on a pumpkin,
And have it all to myself,
Than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
Henry David Thoreau
Preserving your leaves
My mother had a trick she used to preserve the color in fall foliage leaves, and I have since seen this technique suggested in old folk formula books. It really works, and the leaves stay on the branches and keep their color for weeks. I’m happy to share this tip, and use it myself. Here is her secret:
All you need is a little bit of vegetable glycerin, water, and newly cut branches with colorful leaves. Just put about 1/2 a teaspoon into a vase full of water, stir, and then add the branches. With this, the leaves stay on the branches and keep their color for weeks. Refresh the water and glycerin every week. Pure vegetable glycerin is available in health food stores.