“October’s the month when the smallest breeze gives us a shower of autumn leaves.
Bonfires and pumpkins, leaves sailing down — October is red And golden and brown.”
Fall has arrived in the Blue Ridge. The mountains themselves always delight my heart, but when they are painted for fall, they take my breath away. It is heaven to come around the curve on a mountain road to find myself surrounded by trees glowing like fire in the sunlight.
It was a privilege to call the Stone Barn Inn home for about eleven weeks. It was designed as a retreat space and it has been that for me- a place for healing body, mind and soul. There have been many lessons. My acupuncturist, Melissa, reminded me that nature makes changes in tiny steps. The daily changes in the foliage outside my window were validation of that truth – tiny changes every day and beautiful at every stage.
My new home is at Willow Creek Cottages in Willis, Virginia. I’m still in Floyd County with the opportunity to enjoy a different mountain neighborhood and perspective, while maintaining connections to my friends.
The cottage is just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, so last Friday afternoon I joined many other leaf peepers to experience the color from above.
Yesterday, as I headed west from Floyd on my way back to the cottage, the afternoon sun made everything sparkle. At this stage the summer undergrowth is gone and it is possible to see the structure of the tree trunks as they climb up the mountain or down into the valley. Around each curve of the mountain road, there was a new shining vista. I want to capture them! I want to share them with you! I drove on and on holding my breath as each photo op presented itself. But there is no place to stop. They can’t be captured. Photographs and words can’t do justice to the splendor of one blazing leaf, one magnificent specimen tree, or one blazing mountainside. And so I relaxed accepting the gift for myself knowing that I can remember them in my heart.