Sunday, September 21, 2008

Indian Summer Mornings

We're having an Indian Summer. The sky is teacup blue, the wind is balmy, and the leaves are stoutly refusing to change color except for the vine on the side of my garden shed, which is bright scarlet and looks like some showgirl's feather boa.
Nights are crisp and the stars are bright.

Mornings are chilly and the heater now kicks on, which always wakes me up even before the churchbells start ringing. I love coming downstairs when everyone else is asleep and sip my coffee while the sun turns the sky peach.

That is rare now that school has started. My kids are early risers. My sons are up at 5 to get ready to grab the train to Paris for their respective universities (Paris 6ieme and Paris 5ieme) (science and psychology). My daughter gets up early as well. She comes down and turns on the computer and plays her horse games while eating breakfast. The dogs always come and sit at her feet - hoping for crumbs - and because they love her.

So when I get up, there is usually already a crowd downstairs - but the water is steaming in the kettle and the sun is already warming the windows.
Winter is on its way - but for now, mornings are still golden.


Gabriele C. said...

I'm so not an early riser so I rarely experience mornings like that, but we have an Indian summer here as well. A bit more clouds in the sky, but it's dry and cool and the sun has that golden tinge it only gets in autumn, the air smells ripe apples and wet leaves, the chrysanthemes are in full bloom - and the first ginger cakes are in the shops. ;)

R2K said...

So who do I pay?

Oopsy Daisy said...

Fall is my fav time of year. I love the smells and sights and sounds of fall, but especially the smells. I can smell fall in the air sometimes and it always reminds me of the first day of school, apples and raking leaves. Find memories.

I love waking up early when the rest of the house is asleep. It's such a peaceful time.

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds Lovely. I love how you described the scarlet vine.

Travis Erwin said...

We've been extra chilly this year. I like it.

Ordinary Girl said...

beautiful description

JR's Thumbprints said...

You're describing the best time of the year. Not too hot. Not too cold. Yet, change is in the air.

Bernita said...


Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Sounds so lovely! And so glad you're having an Indian Summer. Here winter is finally passing and today has been filled with the sense of spring.

Sam said...

Gabriele, I like mornings, but I'm not Naturally an early riser -I really need my coffee.

R2k - oh, drop in anytime, it's free!

Daisy & JR - I love fall best too!

Charles - that vine is so funny, I think I'll have to take a photo of it.

Travis - I love it when it's frosty and bright.

Ordinary Girl & Bernita - thanks!

Atyalla - I love fall, but would not mind skipping winter, lol. I envy you your spring -looking into summer!