“Swinging on delicate hinges the Autumn Leaf Almost off the stem”

The morning has a crispness. The grass was wet when I went to get the papers. Across the street, painters are working on my neighbors’ house trim. It’s sunny but not warm. It is, after all, fall.

The birds need feeding. I miss watching them from my window here in the den. Their latest seeds of choice have been a mixture of fruits and nuts, and I have only a small bit left. Tomorrow, at Agway’s, I’ll have to buy more and also another case of canned dog food. I might also mosey over to their garden section and buy some bulbs. Last year the spawns of Satan found many of my new ones in less than a day. My garden was pockmarked with holes. It looked a bit like the lunar surface.

A former students is coming to visit from Thursday through Tuesday. She has been in Cincinnati with her daughter so we missed each other in Bolga. Her name is Francisca Issaka, and she was one of my favorite students. She and Francisca Ateere, another favorite, often visited my house. I remember how much they laughed and how much they enjoyed life. Both of them were sixteen when I first met them. They were the students I told all about Halloween during one of their visits, and they remembered and came trick or treating. Francisca still remembers and said she wants to be at my house for Halloween. On Sunday she is cooking a Ghanaian meal for my friends and my nephews. We are not having bush meat or goat though I wouldn’t mind either. My sister was appalled that I eat goat. She talked about The Lonely Goat Herd and the Billy Goats Gruff. I didn’t think about it, but I should have reminded her about Ferdinand the Bull.

Today I have one errand then Gracie and I are going roaming. I’m taking my camera as it has been a long while since I’ve snapped pictures of the cape, and I think it is especially pretty this time of year. I never really noticed the fall changes until my first year home from Africa. I always thought the cape this time of year was a bit dull compared to the rest of the state as there are so many pine trees which just stay green. I was wrong. The marshes turn a beautiful red, and up and down Route 6A towering, long standing trees turn a different color red than the marshes, and here and there are spots of yellow. The bogs are flooded to spare them the worst of winter. Bushes are bright with color and stand in contrast to their old white houses. The cape is an amazing place in the fall.

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11 Comments on ““Swinging on delicate hinges the Autumn Leaf Almost off the stem””

  1. olof1 Says:

    The only useful one can do with goat is to eat them or make cheese from their milk 🙂 🙂 I used to like them but every year since long I almost hit two when I drive to work every day. The owner seems to think that a fence only one yard high is enough to keep them in 🙂 🙂 It would be a shame if any one of us hit them one day because they are truly beautiful.

    Looking forward to some photographs then 🙂

    Sunny most of the day here just until work finished, then clouds and drizzle arraived.

    I can understand why she want to be at Your place around Halloween! It looks rather fun when I read all american blogs, most of them talks about either halloween or pumpkins or both riht now 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      We didn’t get as far as I hoped. We stopped to say hello to friends, and we stayed a while. I did snap a few pictures, and I’ll put them on tonight.

      Goat taste good-actually though I think it depends on the way it is cooked. They don’t use the goats for their milk in Ghana or to make cheese. They are all pretty much dinner.

      Chilly all day here.

      My house is filled with monsters, ghosts and pumpkins. It looks great!

  2. greg mpls Says:

    a bonus african dinner!!! now thats not so bad!

    • katry Says:

      I lust hope my friends like it. I think my nephews will as they are pretty adventuous eaters.

      I oredered some Guniea fowl; I hope it comes in time.

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    I don’t know where it is but I posted on Cat an Autumn scene that captures a bit of what you wrote here. Stop by and see it. It’s a place I would love to take a long walk with the leaves they are in this photo.

    • katry Says:

      I found where that picture was posted but not where it was take\n. I put the link on your site under the picture. i got tired of hunting for the exact page it was on.

  4. Bob Says:

    Although goat is a staple in many parts of the world we in the US shun certain kinds of protein for sentimental reasons. In Europe people eat horse meat as well as hogs, lamb and beef. Cabrito is a delicacy In Northern Mexico. Cabrito is barbecued milk fed goat, before it has begun to eat grass, similar to veal. In parts of Asia people eat dogs and grasshoppers. That’s going a little too far for my taste.

    Tonight the Rangers need an outing from C.J. Wilson like the one they got from Derek Holland last night. Then they only have to win one game in St. Louis to clinch the title.

    • katry Says:

      I’m with you on the dogs and grasshoppers. I don’t do any bugs. I really don’t see a goat as something over which to be sentimental. Rabbit I understand. Who wants to eat the Easter Bunny?

      That was an amazing game last night with spectacular pitching! I’m watching now, and I never like St. L. to have a lead.

  5. Ralph Says:

    How cool she’s coming for an extended visit! What exactly is on the men?. You mentioned Guinea fowl….

  6. Ralph Says:

    “Men” = menu.

    • katry Says:

      I would have figured that one out!

      We are having kelewele, T-Zed with some sort of soup, jollof rice and Guinea fowl (which I ordered on line). If you were here, I’d have her make red red just for you!

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