Goodbye Summer; Hello Autumn: A Potpourri

Lots of my fellow bloggers have been saying good-bye to Summer and greeting Autumn with lists and plans and fond farewells. Here in Houston, we may wish for autumn to come, may long for the sweet relief of cooler weather and lower electricity bills, but pretending that the end of August or the beginning of school or the day after Labor Day is really the beginning of autumn is farcical. We can only start pretending on the first official day of fall: September 23rd, the autumnal equinox. Mind you, the weather hasn’t arrived yet, but we can start pretending. Let the longing for autumn begin! After all, Autumn is only a state of mind.


Here’s my favorite autumn poem:

Vagabond Song by Bliss Carmon
THERE is something in the autumn that is native to my blood–
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.
The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry
Of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
To see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills.
There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir
We must rise and follow her,
When from every hill of flame
She calls and calls each vagabond by name.

Bloggers Celebrate Autumn

Dawn lists her autumn delights, in many of which I share her joy.

Queen Shenaynay says goodbye to summer and lists her accomplishments for the season past. She says she didn’t do as much as she would have wished, but I’m totally impressed by what she did do. How would you like to come over and clean out my closets, O Queen of the Beehive?

Fa-So-La-La. also of the Beehive, has an equally impressive list and farewell to summer.

MotherReader lists the accomplishments of the summer and wishes everyone a Happy School Year.

Lars Walker says that September 8th was the first day of fall in Minnesota “in terms of the nuance in the air.”

Cindy of Dominion Family is looking forward to fall.

Kim’s Hiraeth: Autumn Harvest Soup

Steve at Flos Carmeli asks all poet-bloggers to join in his linked haiku with an autumn theme in the post, An Invitation to Versify.

Journey Woman associates fall with Robert Frost’s Mending Wall. I agree that Frost is a fall/winter poet. Snow, New England, fall work on the farm, trees–these are the images that I think of when I think of Frost. I like Robert Frost. Is he out of fashion now?

And the Seventh Carnival of Children’s Literature at Wands and Worlds has a fall harvest theme. Sheila Ruth has lots of good, fall, bookish links for lovers of children’s literature to enjoy.

As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye, ever open to every symptom of culinary abundance, ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. On all sides he beheld vast store of apples; some hanging in oppressive opulence on the trees; some gathered into baskets and barrels for the market; others heaped up in rich piles for the cider-press. Farther on he beheld great fields of Indian corn, with its golden ears peeping from their leafy coverts, and holding out the promise of cakes and hasty pudding; and the yellow pumpkins lying beneath them, turning up their fair round bellies to the sun, and giving ample prospects of the most luxurious of pies . . . The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Question: Why are used copies of Mousekin’s Golden House selling for over $50.00 on Amazon, but the rest of the Mousekin books are available at reasonable prices?

Fall Curriculum Helps
Preschool Activities for Fall

Pumpkin Poems and Songs

Why do leaves change color in the fall? An explanation and two related science experiments.

In Living Color: Fall Leaves, a homeschool fall unit study.

It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Fall Book Lists:

Seasonal Soundings’ Autumn Reading Challenge, a delightful collection of lists of what various participating bloggers plan to read this autumn.

New York Daily News

Washington Post

Autumn Unit Study from Seven Pillars Booknook
Autumn Booklist from the same source

Top 10 Books About Fall Literature

Librarian Pam Miech writes in the Providence (RI) Journal about fall food books, specifically books about pumpkins and apples. Someday, I’d like to do a whole year of homeschool in which we just do unit studies on different foods: apples, pumpkins, pecans, bread, rice, peanuts, beans, etc. In fact, a series of blog posts outlining unit studies on those foods and presenting resources for such a study would be fun, too. But Ms. Miech has already done apples and pumpkins for me.

Don’t forget to contribute to Dawn’s (By Sun and Candlelight) Early Autumn Field Day. Any posts or pictures about nature of any kind are welcome, and the deadline is Monday, September 25th.

Written by Neil Diamond and Gilbert Becaud

Stay for just a while
Stay, and let me look at you
It’s been so long, I hardly knew you
Standing in the door
Stay with me a while
I only wanna talk to you
We’ve traveled halfway ’round the world
To find ourselves again

September morn
We danced until the night became a brand new day
Two lovers playing scenes from some romantic play
September morning still can make me feel that way

Look at what you’ve done
Why, you’ve become a grown-up girl
I still can hear you crying
In a corner of your room
And look how far we’ve come
So far from where we used to be
But not so far that we’ve forgotten
How it was before

September morn
Do you remember how we danced that night away
Two lovers playing scenes from some romantic play
September morning still can make me feel that way

1979 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)

In addition to Robert Frost, I also like Neil Diamond. I have eclectic tastes.

7 thoughts on “Goodbye Summer; Hello Autumn: A Potpourri

  1. Sherry, this post is a treasure! Thanks so much for the links! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the nod, Sherry!

    I fell in love with The Ox-Cart Man when read it to my flock in the ’80s.

    Lots of wonderful books in this post. Thanks!

  3. Edd

    Edna Miller’s 1964 Hardback copy of “Mousekin’s Golden House” is considered rare. A First Edition; Third Printing with no remainder marks, tight and square spine, with little or no foxing can bring as high as $455. The appraisal last year of my copy of the First Edition, First Printing was $620 – now if the book were a signed copy the appraisal value would be much higher.

  4. I don’t know if the edition of my hardback Mousekin’s Golden House is a first edition, but it’s different from the one in your picture. A few of its pages are bound out of order.

    I can’t imagine selling it (of course, it’s not in good enough condition to bring a high price anyway).

  5. I don’t know, but that’s a lot of money for even one of my favorite picture books.

  6. Sherry:Thanks so much for this post! What a goldmine. I will be referring to it a lot.

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