It really is looking like fall on Morter Farm in the last few days! The volunteer pumpkin vines are dying off and leaving the most amazing bounty of pumpkins we’ve had in recent years! Notice I said, “volunteer.” That’s because the pumpkins we planted only produced two small white “ghost” pumpkins. The remainders pictured are the hardy gypsies that appeared to rise from the mist of the compost pile. What a happy surprise that was!
So, I took this as a sign. Time to tie up corn stalks to the gateposts and scatter these pumpkin gifts around them . . . even though temperatures are still in the 80s. Ugh! However, with the approach of Hurricane Sally, my fingers are crossed that the 80s will turn into 70s, and the evenings be true fall material.
Also, in celebration of my official proclamation that “It’s fall now,” I got out my favorite fall book, Autumn – From the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch.
Susan’s books are unique because they aren’t typeset in the traditional sense. Instead, every letter, every word, even the index is hand lettered. Every page is a work of art in watercolor. And, if that were the end of it, that alone would be amazing. But, there’s more! She has the most amazing recipes, holiday suggestions, poetry, quotes and stories to share.
The layout of the pages, the artistry, the lettering combined with the prose, all make up a complete package, which is so much more than just a sum of the parts.
Of course, that’s art, isn’t it?