Today is the Canadian Thanksgiving. To take a page from Mary Wilkinson's blog, "En Route to the Laundry Basket (Oct. 6)", we too, have a beautiful Autumn day here in Victoria, BC and we have declared it a day free of things that have to be done--just not today.
The trees have yet to drop all their leaves, but a few have drifted to the ground. The little boy down the street triumphantly waves his fistful of bright red leaves and a few leaves with golden bits from the maple tree at the corner. Three of the Garry oaks from other houses are beginning to drop their leaves and when the wind blows, our house seems to be the collecting place! I think in another few weeks, the front lawn will be covered with oak leaves as well as the leaves and branches of the giant birch that resides on our front yard. The squirrels have been busy collecting the acorns for their winter stores, while schoolboys collect the deep russet-coloured chestnuts for their games
A few miles away, Galey's Farm and the Farmers' Market have huge displays of bright orange pumpkins signalling Autumn's official arrival--not by date, but by produce such as local squashes, yams, sprouts, the long slender green beans. Local strawberries are still available as well as local blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, plums, peaches, pears and nectarines. The fall apples have arrived, not the familiar ones at the Market but the unknown species from a neighbour's tree--not perfectly shaped and buffed to sell, but crisp and sweet with its slight hint of tartness. Besides enjoyable munching, my basketful will do nicely for an apple pie and a cobbler as well.
Today is a day to be thankful for many things--loving spouse, family, friends, good health and the chance to count our many other blessings. We are most fortunate living in a country where freedom of speech and religion is normal; the water is clean and plentiful; medical care is available and neighbours offer help willingly.
The new day beckons with its clear blue skies; the sunshine warms away the late night frost, a few birds tucked in the upper branches, warbles and chirps a symphony. This late Summer, extending into the Fall, is a bonus not to be taken lightly. Each and every day should be enjoyed and savoured.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you--may you have many such days like mine before the Winter rain and snow takes over.