Monday, August 12, 2013

Autumn leaves, clouds, a new favourite author, and ....a really very famous star coming for a concert...AND I am going!

Just last week, the first brightly coloured autumn leaves began to appear, and drift down to earth.
I love them, but it does seem a little early. However, possibly this is always my reaction to seeing this change in season. Here in my city, we say, as soon as the exhibition comes to town, that it is the start of fall - cooler temperatures, shorter days, and with that must come the fall colours. Every year we then tend to comment on this, isn't it early for the trees to be changing colour?
Summer has been cool and cloudy, my perfect weather really. My top floor apartment in the condo building where I live has been blessedly cool for me and the cats. I leave the windows open all day, and cool refreshing breezes blow through my living quarters. We have had some rain, but not too much, just enough to nourish the flowers and they are all quite luscious.

Petunias are one of my favourite annuals - I like their spicy deep fragrance, their pretty colours, and they are easy to care for. I've never planted impatiens, but did this year, and they really flourished with the rain. They are the white flowers in the photo.

These clematis are special, they have been surviving for some years with no attention, planted beside the brick wall of the building, and living in sandy soil, with plastic as a cover. When I first moved into the building, two neighbours came by and suggested I give it some extra dirt, and keep it watered. They were thrilled that it still kept climbing year after year, although sickly looking.
My neighbours were surprised at the hardiness, and resilience of this plant, as they had tried to grow the same variety of clematis, and had failed.
So every year, it seems to be getting stronger, with more blossoms. It is pretty, isn't it?
  I have been really noticing the cloud formations this summer, more than usual -we have had so many cloudy days. I've been taking photos of them all summer, and thinking about trying to draw clouds.

 I have enough photos of clouds to keep my trying to draw them all year, if I choose.   :)

When I find a writer I love to read, I usually find myself reading all of his or her books. Recently I found the novels of Elizabeth Berg - I've been visiting the library -sometimes when  browsing I find someone new to read - such a pleasure.

I would really recommend her writing if you enjoy novels of everyday people. finding themselves in extraordinary situations. She writes luminously, and it is easy to tell that she loves writing, and also loves people. Elizabeth, is a registered nurse, and worked as a nurse for many years before her life as an author.

I would suggest reading "Open House" first, it is the kind of novel which makes me wish I could go into the book, and visit with the characters. It features a wise group of woman friends.

As well, "We are all Welcome Here", is an amazing story of a woman who after catching polio, has her baby delivered while she is in an iron lung; is immediately abandoned by her husband;  hires a caregiver and soon after returns home to raise her daughter. The book was primarily told from the point of view of the 13 year old girl. It is fiction, based on this remarkable family. The times and setting reminded me of "The Help" - early 1960's , civil rights is part of the story, and the ending features a REALLY VERY FAMOUS and iconic star, who plays the part of this family's liberator.
This is part of the back fence which my talented mother built, and it still stands.
When I was a small child, living on Mullin Avenue, my favourite haunt was the back lane. I visited with my neighbour childhood  friends; sat against the fence and woolgathered; observed crows, and probably this is where my first sense of fellowship with crows started -  and yes sometimes just got away from the fighting at home.

However at one point back in the early 60's there was an ongoing discussion, in the back lane, about a certain musical group new on the scene, whether you liked them best, or ELVIS. Or whether you loved John OR Paul. I think I was a little naive compared to my friends, and just liked Paul because he looked the most friendly. We collected Beatle cards from bubble gum, and Paul did seem to be the Beatle to save.

Still, after many decades, I do like Paul - not best - but I like his music very much. I admire him for still getting out there and playing to crowds at 71, probably putting some musicians in their 20's to shame, for pure energy, and crowd appeal. I saw a youtube video of his performance at the 2012 Olympics; he was outstanding I think.

And he will be here in the small city, where I live, on his world tour this WEDNESDAY!!!
My son, Paul, purchased three tickets from a friend who no longer needed them, for a very reasonable $50.00 each, and he is taking me and my niece, Summer!!!
I think we're going to have lots of fun.

Me I think I'll sit back, and take it all in with great happiness
Hugs. Thanks for reading.


Mrs Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

I think maybe Autumn is coming here also, there is a nip in the air today. That Clematis is amazing - I love how nature can always surprise us. I must look up that book, you describe it so well. I did not know that you loved Crows - me too! Minerva x

Mrs Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

Becoming forgetful! Must mention that I hope you enjoy the concert. I think it is fabulous that he is still playing and making music. x

Teri Casper said...

All kinds of fond memories and fun things happening there. So neat that you are going to the concert with Paul and Summer and that she is so excited. Just adds to the fun.

As I was reading about your author I stopped and went to my online library and ordered one of her ebooks and then came back to finish reading. :) I am still waitng for the Kingsolver bood-4 of 14th.

Yes, it is really feeling like autumn here too. I started sketching leaves and it has been so cool at night.
I just love your clematis. I tried growing one and it lived one year so I enjoy hearing yours is thriving.

Always fun when you blog.


Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks, Minerva, and Teri, for visiting.
I actually changed some of my post, and was surprised to find comments here so soon.
I would not recommend Elizabeth Berg's "Never Change:, the ending was terrible, in my opinion. However all her other books I love, so far.
I think I sound like a silly school girl excited for the concert. But it is pretty special, too.
I always appreciate seeing both of you here.

The Boston Lady said...

Lovely pictures of the clouds, both the photos and your drawing, Brenda. It sounds like you have had a lovely, mild summer and it's hard to believe your leaves are turning already. It seems to me you just got rid of the snow!

I'm sure I've read a book by Elizabeth Berg. I will look her up and refresh my memory.! (I am kidding). I have found that some young people are not familiar with the music of The Beatles and I am so surprised when I discover this. How can it be? I look forward to hearing how you liked the concert. Ann

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

You are right, it does seem that winter was just here. We did have very cold weather and lots of snow in late April. I think it has been a cool year. But I'm happy about the cool summer anyways.
Thanks for reading, it's always nice to see your comment,