Lamentations For September

North of the Equator: 

Oh, sweet September,

buoyed with autumn beauty.

Ahead, the achromatic winter.

Besides your bounteous harvests,

give one more taste of summer.

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South of the Equator: 

 Oh, sweet September,

 pregnant with new life.

Prepare this cradle of rebirth.

Besides the aroma of warm earth.

energize divine propagation.

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In October of 2009, I flew to my Soul Safari.  Bears, deer, lynx, moose, coyotes and wolves busily prepared their teenagers for their first Canadian winter.  In South Africa, giraffes, elephants, lions, Black rhinos, hippos, pregnant through my summer, proudly presented healthy and energetic babies, dislodging my Canadian bearings.    Does anyone doubt that Mother Nature rules?

“It’s MY turn to drink!  I’m number 348!”

Thanks to a cool summer the memory of winter gusts, rain storms and snowfalls never fully dwindled.  I turned August into people-time, but also prepared conditions for a peaceful Canadian hibernation.  My responsibilities for yard/house/car, now done, will transfer to the wood pile and leaf-filled eaves.

Oh, the woodpile!  Where is my messianic wood bearer?  Predictably, he seems rerouted, delayed and rescheduled.   Likely, he’ll again cite matters of the heart that altered his priorities more quickly than the hornets’ waiting list at the watering dish.

Here’s a sampling of my August life:

Duc le Chat heading for the hunting grounds. He's saying to me, "Go home! You can't come. You make too much noise."

The Stock Market opens at 6:00 a.m and closes at 1:00 p.m. - the very time I like to write! I love keeping my eye on the market and seeing how my portfolio rises and falls with a sneeze from the President of some distant country.

Several dinners al fresco with friends. Our harbour provides the ambiance along with the setting sun.

Hanging flower pots have actually survived the deers' breakfasts. Two stags, three does and a number of teenagers share my property. I suspect Duc loves sharing his safe little acre with them. They keep the dogs away.

Banana Bread shared with friends without nut allergies.

A neighbour and I volunteered to be Pod Leaders. We will be organizing neighbours so there is constant contact and communication with each other through any natural disaster. Besides Earthquakes, forest fires are a major threat - especially with careless campers and cigarette smokers.

Do you think neighbours will see us coming?

Lots of hike with friends - the latest with Susan who hates feeling cob webs on her face. This is her stance as she enters the trail with her cobweb stick.

A few of the house boats that have settled in a southern harbour that used to be used for log jams.

Not a bad arrangement: A condo, a cottage and a sail boat on the other side. Cuts down on travel costs between them all.

Bumper crops of blackberries exist all over the island. My ripe, plump harvest is safely frozen. Now pray we don't lose our power over the winter!

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While this leaves out pot lucks, numerous hikes, fabulous visits with friends and lots of good food, these photos give a broad brush of what Soul Dipper does when she’s busily streaking past her Beloved Guides!

They’re next!

Happy September to each one of you. 

May our planet take this month off!

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41 thoughts on “Lamentations For September

    • Having some time away from home is in my plan, as well, Clarbojahn. I have found a neighbour who is willing to cat sit. She is catless and would love to spend time with one. When Duc is around, he’s a little love ball so she’ll enjoy his company. Hope you have a great time at the beach.

  1. Forgot to comment about the cobweb stick. That’s exactly what I do every day I take our dog around our pond paths! Love that you took a photo of that. That there is another like me.

  2. Hi,
    Looks like you had a great August, and I love your photo’s, I love the “3 boats” :)

    It is now Spring here in OZ, which means Winter is officially over, still a bit cool in places, but lovely weather.

    • I wonder if we’ll be seeing some of those signs of spring on your blog, Mags. Enjoy every minute of it. It’s really a guess what kind of winter we’ll be facing this year with our planet so unpredictable.

  3. No doubt that they will see you coming!!!! Love the coweb stick…U should have thought of that. Certain timesyou find them EVERYWHERE! Septemeber is my very favorite month of the year! Yay, today is the 1st…gotta’ get going into my month of lovelies!

  4. I love your two poems, and the comparison of the Canadian and S. African animals in October, and also enjoyed your photos.

    You recently invited me to come have some banana bread with you. I was glad to see a photo of what awaits me. Mmmmm.

    We also didn’t have much of a summer this year, I know that I hardly wore summer clothes, but then last weeked we had a heat wave

    • Ah, Rosie…would it ever be a thrill to share a cuppa with you. Just think – we can tempt Priya to join us! Then we could go to PEI and visit Charles. We have to get this time travel down pat!

      • I believe we’re all going to meet someday. Maybe we’ll organize a gathering of bloggers. Doesn’t that seem both crazy and inevitable?

        Meanwhile, another beautiful post here. I hope the wood bearer arrives soon.

        • The wood bearer phoned this morning! As predicted, he’s been on the run helping people. He even had explanations for not coming when the weather was too good and when it was not. It’s worth the wait because his wood burns nice and hot.

  5. What a wonderful post on September, Amy! I especially like how you began this post with North of and South of the Equator. :) Pics from your side are awesome and I love that tip about a cobweb stick. Thank Susan for me! I usually try to go around, though. I wouldn’t want someone crashing through my lifeline!

    • Leslie, in our rainforest there are webs everywhere. Being the first on a trail means cutting through kazillions of web lines. They cross at all levels. I suspected that spiders hang on long web strands until the wind blows them to another branch so they can travel through the forest. You encouraged me to look this up and they do use strands to “fly”. It’s called ballooning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballooning_%28spider%29
      Like you, when I see a nice web, I manouvre around it. Yes, I’d love to hike with you!

  6. Lamentations For September was lovely…I forget from time to time the north/south differences for this month….it looks like you had a fine summer with friends….now comes winter again….but it sounds like you’re getting prepared.

  7. Lovely post. Great images and captions, especially Duc la Chat and Susan with cobweb stick. I can relate.

    I love fall and shall be happily enjoying September…and October. Wish you the same.

    • You would love our area, Magda! Our biggest challenge is to work with the growth so it won’t overtake! Those boats have the challenge of hauling fresh water to keep plants watered when the rains aren’t happening.

  8. Wonderful post, Amy…love all these photo’s of your gorgeous part of the world! I think Jina would kill for Duc’s acre! But I’m surprised by Susan, since I’ve always thought it was good luck to walk into spider webs ;-)

    • Oh boy…wait until Susan sees this bit of superstition! However, Naomi, with all our spiders, Susan and I ought to be THE most pampered and adorned women in Canada.

      Duc would have lots to share with Jina. He has claimed a number of other acreages as well. His reputation has preceded him and he’s been welcomed royally.

  9. Hi Amy .. yes a delightful post – can see them all doing their thing .. we’ve had a 2nd run of baby birds (can’t think of the right word!) .. they’re singing away in the mornings .. it’s wonderful to hear. There’s masses of berries around .. the fruit crops seem bountiful .. so despite a not brilliant year weather-wise .. nature is taking its course and preparing for what’s ahead.

    Frankly as long as it’s not like last year – we just don’t do snow & I certainly don’t! Way too lazy .. but so pretty.

    Love the stories and the photos .. and Duc – well he knows what’s good for him! Cheers for now and enjoy the Labour Day weekend .. Hilary

    • Thanks, Hilary, it looks like the holiday weekend is going to be most pleasant. I’m thinking it would be good to see if my farm friends need some help. I feel like being outside and getting in shape for some wood chopping. If I have to live to 105, I better stay in shape! :D

  10. Amy, What a wonderful post, the pictures were so great. I partcularly loved the cobweb stick as our group leader here always carries his cobweb stick, to keep us all cobweb free. Fall is my favorite season. It seems, you have had a fun filled summer. May God continue to bless your life.

    • The drinking hornets are not the yellow jackets – these are the type with two body sections. Their water consumption is constant. They drink and fly straight back to their nest (in my eaves). I’d love to know what they are doing with all that water. Most important, they never bother me – even when I sit by their “pool” eating my lunch. I notice the pesky yellow jackets stay away from me, too, when I am by the water dish. Must be a territorial thing.

      Tell you a secret my Manitoba farmer friend taught me. When a yellow jacket is bugging you, when it is within spitting distance, say loudly and with great gusto, “Piss off!”. Kathy, you may not believe it, but they do! I thought Dale was slipping a gear until I saw that it works. I think they hate the gust of wind and loudness.

    • Oh boy! I’ll gladly trade you – some of my banana bread for some of that exquisite banana dessert you created. No wait… there’s that pizzagna! Oh man, am I ever salivating now.

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