I think it is safe to say that Fall has officially.. fallen here on the East Coast, and I couldn't be more excited! I love this time of year! The mornings are darker, the afternoons are crisp and the leaves are changing on a daily basis. The temperature is dropping steadily and sweaters are making their way to the front of my closet. It's the season for tights and boots, plaid scarves and wool blankets, and all things brown and orange and cozy and warm.
The turning of leaves is one of the most magical things about living in this part of the world. Life gets so busy, and it can be easy to take it for granted, but I really do enjoy a scenic drive this time of year to marvel at how many different beautiful colours there are in nature. And the smells, and the sounds - there is nothing quite like a crisp Autumn day and that satisfying crunch when you walk through a field of Maples and Oaks, or the way the leaves dance in the air as you kick through piles of them.
We have been enjoying the changing of the seasons. We've been to the farm (a couple of farms, actually). We have selected our pumpkins and they are ready for carving. October seems to be a really busy month for us, with jam-packed schedules and activities, and while the shops seem to have skipped ahead to Christmas already, I am wishing things would slow down just a little. I love this time of year, and I want to be able to enjoy it! It won't be long before there is snow covering the island, and we will be wishing it was 12 degrees again!
This year, we have a brightly painted teal pumpkin on our doorstep, just like we did last year.
It's part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. You can read about it here - http://www.throughthetulips.ca/2014/10/the-teal-pumpkin-project.html
Offering a selection of non-candy treats is a wonderful way to make sure that ALL children have a Happy Halloween!