Monday, 27 September 2010

Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness

We are falling into Autumn in England the leaves on the trees are changing into beautiful colours, there are misty mornings and the air has a chill in it.

These leaves are from a pattern that Jane designed and I have been wanting to make them ever since she showed them to me last year.  Then Sue Anna so very kindly sent me some samples of the new Lizbeth threads and that was it I knew exactly what I had to use them for.  Two are tatted with Autumn Spice and the other Leafy Greens.

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
From John Keats' poem, To Autumn 1820

These gourds were outside a village flower shop and they looked so beautiful so I decided to photograph them, which was a bit of a cheek as my intention was not to buy any, well not at the price they were charging!

Here is part of the menu showing what we had to eat at our harvest supper on Saturday evening. I made all these soups catering for 38 people and my hands were so sore after chopping up all the vegetables especially the butternut squash which like all gourds has a very hard skin.  

You will notice that the member of our congregation who typed and printed this menu has a very good sense of humour!


  1. The soup sounds yummy. You'll not be asked to make soup here next weekend, though!!!! Love the leaves - the pattern is on the Palmetto Tatters CD along with lots of much better patterns by all the teachers at Fall into Tatting 2010.

  2. I love the Keats poem excerpt. I'm pondering on my new blog posts. I have to do it right away as we will be on the road the first week of October. I was thinking leaves, also.
    Ours have not yet turned as the nights are only down to fifty degrees F. However, it 'feels' like Fall with afternoons in the low 80's.
    Do love the menu idea! At our home church in CA, we always had advent and lent soup suppers. The committee members each made about 4 gallons! My specialties were clam or corn chowder, or a really good potato and leeks soup. I also like a pureed carrot soup, from a recipe I had (pre flood). Our present church doesn't do those things ~ have potlucks and such; I really miss that but these folks aren't given to hospitality or gatherings. Not a 'family' spirit. LOL A good Autumn to you, my friend.

  3. Love the Keats poem - he's a favorite of mine (W B Yeats too). The leaves are so pretty!

  4. Mmmm. Menu makes me wish I was there! Your leaves are making me want to tat them, too. Visiting children in WY, USA, and have been seeing such lovely colors changing every day. We go home next week and maybe I'll have good leafy colors to use there. Haven't found any tatting threads in this little town. Karen

  5. Not much for the poetry, but love those leaves!
    Very pretty!
    Fox : )

  6. Hi Bev, Your soup recipes sound great - for our harvest supper we combine the soups with bread and cheese and then a selection of puddings, its a lot of work and just one or two people would prefer a "bring and share" which I think is what you mean as "potluck" - anyway we have had too many of them in the past and they have become boring. Good luck with your blog posts and your leaves.
    Hi Crazy Mom - oh yes I'm also a W B Yeats fan, thanks for your comment.
    That was only half of the menu Karen! I hope you do get to tat the leaves it is a great pattern from big sis. Beautiful time of the year seeing the colours change everyday, safe trip home.

  7. Love your Autumn Leaves very colourful!!!!!!

  8. I miss mellow fruitfulness - we don't get autumn here - spring is beautiful though, all the blossoming trees are making a wonderful show at the moment, and in another couple of weeks the jacaranda trees will be at their best. It's the prettiest time of year, apart from heralding the start of another storm season :(


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