Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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October 19, 2009

The signs of nature bring annual winter prediction

Sun-washed mountains, aglow in autumn’s blazing kiss, bask in scarlet splendor ‘neath a dome of azure blue. Tawny oaks dance in russet harmony with scarlet-tressed maples both vying for best-dressed honors with handsome neighbor and hardwood cousin, the hickory, whose own golden visage gleams a worthy welcome! A tapestried panorama unfolds before us as it cascades to the valley floor, revealing in its wake an aura of multi-faceted wonder that blankets the land in nature’s sweet refrain…

Red-berried sumacs and dogwoods blaze a fiery trail of bounty for all partakers in their midst, while plump, grey squirrels scamper and scurry in their bid to cache their own precious horde! Hickory smoke permeates the air in hearty, welcome effect thus heralding fall’s arrival against this hint of winter’s chill.

Cornstalks rustle quietly ‘neath a glowing harvest moon, while one lone scarecrow maintains his lonely vigil over the garden that’s already laid by. Fat, orange pumpkins peep cautiously from their withering, trailing vines, while juicy red and yellow apples dangle heavily from treetop bowers in lush abundance nearby. Red and Golden Delicious, Macintosh, Rome, and Winesap are names I remember best, but Rusty Coats, Limbertwigs, June Apples, and Russets whisper their names too from years gone by! Hay rides, hot cider, apple dumplin's and pumpkin bread are comforting, welcome fare as are bonfires, storytelling, and good friends gathered together to fellowship and to share!

Childish laughter abounds from the piles of rustling leaves, their playful antics and chortling glee echo ‘cross the fields and years etching precious memories!

Hello again folks!

Hope you’re all out and enjoying this lovely Tennessee Autumn!

I just love this time of year and of course as autumn’s chill makes its invigorating appearance, it’s time we turn our attention to the winter months just ahead.

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