|The Oxford Canal|
|Ship Street and Exeter College Chapel|
AUTUMNS' LAST SMILE
~ William Cullen Bryant
|"Summer's loss seems little, dear,|
On days like these."
"Life starts all over again
|Christ Church Meadow &|
The River Cherwell
"I'm so glad I live in a world where
there are Octobers."
~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
For us mere mortals, with our university days long behind us, the progression of October days gets quieter and lovelier as the bright golds slowly turn tawny. The afternoon sun fades away with each passing day until by the end of October, the sun sets by four thirty and the long nights settle in to stay awhile
|The last of|
Merton College roses.
As the short days and long nights approach, Stuart and I make sure we walk in the late afternoon as many days as we can, trying to store enough golden light to last us through the winter. We catch the last roses blooming along Merton College and Max has his fill of chasing the extremely busy squirrels, that dart everywhere along the path surrounding Christ Church meadow. As Jane Austin wrote, we take in "the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges."
"Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise of the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn. That season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness. That season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling. ~Jane Austin, Persuasion
~ John Donne
|The River Cherwell.|
Petunias and geraniums will make way
for these autumn flowers
waiting for their spot out on Holywell Street.