Our garden is flooded with warm sunshine today.
We have spent much of the day outside, enjoying it, and making preparations for the freeze which should overtake us by next weekend.
Although we expect to remain on the milder, southern edges of the storm already bringing snow to so many; we know it is finally time to bring in the hoses and the last of the tender plants we don’t want to freeze.
The forecast continues to shift, with night time temperatures falling ever lower.
I don’t trust it, and so we continue to prepare for the approaching Arctic blast.
But even so, we enjoyed the company of butterflies and bees today as we moved about the garden.
Like us, they are soaking in every possible moment of golden sunlight.
Illumined by the waning November sun, surrounded by brilliant autumn leaves, and encouraged by birds feasting on our ripening berries; we filled more pots with bright pansies where Basil grew all summer long.
Our perfectly clear blue sky slowly filled with cloudy haze as the day progressed.
Falling leaves filled the air, leaving bare branches in their wake.
November undeniably has touched the garden already, and will leave it’s frosty fingerprints on even more of it by week’s end.
And yet we’ve enjoyed warmth and sunshine today; a gift of another bright and beautiful day well into November.
“Even the sun directs our gaze away from itself
and to the life illumined by it.”
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014