Sep 17, 2011

And So the Seasons Turn on Both Sides of the Planet...


Adore the transition seasons of spring & autumn
for the sense of turning and changing.
And it's fascinating to ponder that one half 
of the world is waking up to spring while the other 
half is snuggling down to autumn.

Both seasons are beautiful,
and there is so much excitement abounding 
at this time of the year, 
perhaps for the idea of a new season as a new beginning.

Late summer menus are inspired by heirloom tomatoes,
sweet juicy figs & pears.
While early spring it's rhubarb & sweet lettuce.

Grilled autumn eggplant with fetta,
or fresh tiny spring peas,
simply cooked with mint and garlic.

Paper dolls with dressable clothes,
one for snuggly autumn... for snappy spring.

It's a busy time in the garden for harvesting.
For spring: rhubarb & strawberries.
For autumn: crunchy apples & leeks.

Autumn is orange, gold and yellow, reflected in crackled leaves.
Spring is pink and pale green, as delicate as tender new growth.

Spring is... those first few tantalizing steps in the water,
to see if the sea may be warm, just yet.

Autumn is... cosy jumpers in softest cashmere,
wrapped against the early evening chills.

So whether you are lingering over late summer picnics in vineyards
resplendent with late season grapes,
or picking boughs of cherry blossom 
to decorate a spring lunch table on the terrace,
I hope you have a lovely weekend 
reveling in the magical transition of the seasons.

Spring garden + autumn leaves (photo by Oli Scarff. lost source.)
Rhubarb,strawberries + apples, leeks.  Vineyard + blossom (lost source).


  1. Joy at Joyfulthings17/9/11 6:52 AM

    How beautiful!  just when I was starting to feel a bit sorry for myself that summer was drawing to a close.  Thanks, I needed this!  Joy

  2. Hello Virginia

    You have described that all so beautifully

    that is how is all should be taken in too

    have a great weekend oh stylish one


  3. V baby! This post hit a hidden string in me. It is beond magical. What a strange and magical world we live in. Autumn has arrived here in Rosendal. The air is so fresh cold and clare. Have a lovely spring weekend at yours.

  4. sfiziesfarzimoda.blogspot.com17/9/11 8:30 PM

    Davvero molto carine queste contrapposizioni tra autunno ed estate. Buon fine settimana. Baci marcella

  5. renee finberg17/9/11 9:56 PM

    i don't know....
    i thought that autumn was my favorite until this post.
    but it brought back some sweet memories of the spring times in my past.
    xxx loved it.

  6. Thank you Marcella! And yes, it certainly is a contrast!

  7. Glad it was just what the doctor ordered Joy. I love both seasons equally. 

  8. Thank you Loulou, and I hope you do too. 

  9. Fabulous! Glad it sparked some beautiful memories! 

  10. Pvedesign.com18/9/11 12:12 AM

    lovely!  It is amazing to think 2 halves make a whole!
    one side springy whilst the other is autumnal.

  11. Love this post!  Went from 90's to 60's overnight here....but warming back up to the 80's by mid-week....I'm not ready for fall and winter yet!...k

  12. Woods Sarah18/9/11 7:54 AM

    Great post, you are right, there is an excitement that comes with the coming of Spring or fall.
    Sar x

  13. So nice to include all of us here on the other side of the world!  What a lovely post.

  14. Rachel Callaghan19/9/11 8:33 AM

    What a gorgeous post! Both seasons are my favourites for different reasons - mostly to do with gardens and produce, but also just the change that takes place after a long cold spell, or so long of hot and dry. I love living in a country (NZ) that gets such great extremes of climate, so you get absorbed by the changes. Refreshing. xo

  15. My two favourite seasons! Love this time of year!

  16. I love both Fall and Spring! The weather is just perfect, not to cold and not too hot!

  17. Hi.. Such a cute post.. I really enjoyed going through it... and you just brought out the best of the two contrasting weathers!! :) have an amzing fall.. For myself I am looking forwar to some oozing apple crumble with cinnaomon and ofcourse brown and orange around me.. :)


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