Sunday, October 17, 2010

Saying Good-bye

What a play it has been!  But it really is time now to merely recall "the languorous siesta of hot midday,

deep in green undergrowth, the sun striking through in tiny golden shafts and spots; the boating and bathing of the afternoon, the rambles along dusty lanes and through yellow cornfields;

and the long cool evening at last, when so many threads are gathered up, so many friendships rounded,  and so many adventures planned for the morrow." (The Wildwood chapter, from the Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame)

We officially know it's over for a season when our home loses its lovely mantle of ivy until spring.

As much as it is anticipated in the late spring, I dread the brief change of color, and then the red leaves dropping off one by one from the vine-covered walls of the house.

It's an unusual look for a New Mexico house to be vine-covered. Cactus is more to be expected.
 It's just a little bit fantastic and very beloved.

And now just beginning to turn.

All summer birds and insects take refuge in the ivy. And still, all through fall and winter flickers will feed on the dried berries, announcing their presence with a rustling at the windows. 

But it's good-bye for now, and I wanted you to see it in it's glory before it's all over.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Ciao! for now!


I'm joining up with the Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays. Pop on over for more celebrations of the Season.


  1. Thank you for sharing the ivy glory ~ it is indeed an anomaly. But the good news is you'll be sharing all your other glories. (: luv your blog.

  2. Lindas imagens! tenha um ótimo domingo e uma semana maravilhosa. Beijinho

  3. Hi JQ... When I saw your title, I thought you might be going into hybernation:-))
    The ivy covered walls are gorgeous.. the gate is straight outta a fairytale! Pure delight :-))
    Enjoy your Sunday:-)

  4. What amazing ivy. I can so appreciate your sadness as it leaves you. It is fantastical, no matter where you live, but I can see your point in New Mexico. The quote you choose is so perfect.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. I adore Ivy and to see it covering your wonderful home is amazing!

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  6. Beautiful, poetic post! Ivy covered walls in AZ must be an unusual sight and pure joy for the eyes. Thanks for sharing with us. ~ sarah

  7. Fabulous photos, each and everyone! I love everything dripping with green. Have a great week!

  8. Beautiful! Our ivy stays green year round.

  9. So very beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I love the book quotation too! ~Sheilla

  10. I love your ivy covered gate. I have ivy covering my potting shed and I never tire of seeing it's leafy green splendor!

    Susan and Bentley


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