Garden Blogger’s Muse Day – November 1

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

– Clyde Watson

As the days shorten and the shadows lengthen, I am frequently struck by what I call the urge to “nest”. It happens every autumn. That urge to bake pies and fruitcake…to have a pot of something savory simmering on the stove and fresh bread or biscuits in the oven…to start or finish a quilt.

The crickets’ chirps have faded away and the trees, which just weeks ago displayed riotous crimson and orange at their leaf tips, stand naked. It’s the sort of weather that conjures images of hot chocolate, warm sweaters, and books in front of fireplaces.

November is a month of preparation, in my mind at least. And I wonder if that doesn’t come from some centuries-old place in which people had to do such things just to survive the coming winter — from some internal, primordial clock that signalled that it was time to ready for the cold days ahead.

November is a fickle month, with days of unexpected highs and lows in temperature, and probably holds some surprises for us, but the urge to “nest” is still as strong.


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

7 thoughts on “Garden Blogger’s Muse Day – November 1”

  1. Wonderful post, Nancy. I was having problems with my blogroll but finally have you added.

    Thanks for joining our poetry circle.

  2. Nancy…

    Thanks for the kind words! Good luck with NaBloPoMo!

    With global warming, I’m finding our Nova Scotia Novembers more like the Octobers of my youth. Grey and rainy to start, so I felt the need to hunker this morning, but now it’s sunny in Lunenburg and 14 degrees (Celsius… 58 F). Surrounded by the ocean, our climate has certainly changed.

    If only it was a good thing!

  3. Hello Nancy,
    I came from the Garden Muse post and enjoyed this one a lot! Even where it isn’t cold yet, November finds us in that baking, soup-making, roasted-vegetable mode.

    It looks vaguely familiar but my mind isn’t working – what’s the red fruit in your lovely photo?

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  4. What a wonderful post! I know just what you mean about November setting you into “nesting” mode…I feel the same way :-)

  5. Thank you for stopping by, Kylee.

    Yes, I like the poem too, Tempest — it gives you a cozy feeling just reading it.

    Thank YOU for having me, Carolyn. :)

    Thanks for stopping by, Richard! Yes, anyone who says that global warming isn’t having a huge effect on our weather and environment isn’t looking very hard. We have had some lovely days, but you’re right — at what cost?

    Hi Annie — thanks so much for stopping by! Actually, the “berries” are just a macro shot of rose hips. :-) It was taken on a lovely day in Halls Harbour, not far from my home. The roadsides were red with them, so it was an easy shot. :)

    Hi Colleen! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

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