The fall woods are so lovely. Beautifully, heart fillingly lovely. I’ve been seeing some gorgeous shots of especially amazing color in the Adirondacks and northern woods, like, say, this one reposted courtesy of fb/Andrew Koszuta:
Wowza. A little further south in the Capital District of NY, the palette has burst into flame. The fiery red maples are in some incredible color, and the bronze copper gold yellows are all glowing in the fine autumn light. So beautiful, the clear, crisp air. It feels so good to be outside soaking up the warm sun in the chill air - well, it was chill, anyway. We have a brief visit to 80 degrees coming this week...
One note for good living, people – get outside. It's stunning out, and it's going to be so warm this week. Get into the woods, if you can. Go Forest Bathing in beautiful fall color. Even after it settles back into the regularly scheduled October chill, don’t let the cool weather banish you inside – just put on more clothing. You know you have it. Sweaters. Scarves. Hats. Maybe even gloves. Nothing too heavy yet, just cover up and get out there. Being in nature, or even just out in fresh air is so important. By living outside we connect with the seasons and allow ourselves the gift of feeling ourselves as a part of the natural world.
Out of the woods and back into the gardens, most of the flowers have given up the ghost, but we've left the dead plants standing to help out pollinators and wildlife, as described in this great article on leaving your garden cleanup til the spring. There are the few bursts of floral cheer here and there - always a couple roses on the Rugosa,
a few last Woodland Sunflowers,
and a small new flush of Birdsfoot Trefoil
There is also a new face in the flowering trees – Witch Hazel.
I saw these delightful yellow party streamers in the past couple weeks, all cute and charming. What cool flowers!
By the by, Witch Hazel extract happens to be one of the ingredients used in our all-natural plant-based Yoga Mat Cleaner and Mommy on the Move sanitizing spray! Powerful AND adorable, that Witch Hazel!
Anyway, we’ve got a lot coming up on ye old blog here, starting with (finally!) our Green Maker/Mommy feature with Virginia Fretto of Razimus Jewelry, and then next week our Local Spotlight on Laurie Ten Eyck of Indian Ladder Farms. We’ve had such a good time spending time with these great women and learning about their businesses and passions.
(I know it’s not talking about our awesome 100% Plant-Based home and cleaning products, which is what business websites do, right? But we love to collaborate with other local businesses and green makers and people who are doing great things. It is just fun for us – and we hope it's fun for you to discover these awesome folks along with us!)
So stay tuned, and get meanwhile, thee out into the great outdoors. All these beautiful colors of magical forest straight into your retinas. This crisp air filling your lungs. This is good living, dear ones.
The Tidy Thyme Crew