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Autumn With Winter Comes

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The woman shudders as she huddled nearer to the fire that sparked and crackled in the fireplace. She could feel summer drawing to a close, autumn’s gown was purchased. Her warm cardigan covered her thin silk blouse; boots were ready and waiting to succeed the sandals. Summer dresses, taken fresh-washed from line to be stow away in the old chest given to her by her grandmother. Curtains that were hung for beauty, replaced now by those heavy enough to stop the draughts.

Autumn winds she knew, would soon turn into winter snows. There was little time left to shutters fixed, check the stores and supplies. Stock up with her favourite cinnamon for tea, ginger for cakes. Way out in the country she knew she must check the emergency lighting, no husband now to such things, there was much to do to get ready for the autumn and winter. Old tree stumps by the fence had to be sawn and stored near, a man in the village use to come and do the outside work, she had to phone him, he is late this year.

The leaves had to be raked and gathered ready for the compost heap, they would make good fertiliser for the garden next spring. She knew there would be hours of wheel-barrowing before the job was done and the winds came. That was a job she had to do, she remembered last year was a fright, she had fallen and hurt her leg and didn’t get it done, there were leaves blowing everywhere. The wind whipping, wooing these maids with their gowns of red, amber and gold, dancing their last dance of summer Smell of wet leaves and damp musty air, then doomed to the compost heap. Some would say a stunning spectacular, but she knew there would be so much mess if left. The leaves would be wet and slimy before long, and then the snow would fall and cover them. That could only cause a disaster for those walking on them. A scene of hurtling bodies and flailing and arms, slipping and sliding like human sleighs. Catastrophe making indeed, no stunning sight now!

She hoped the man from the village would come soon, there was the pruning to be sorted, and she looked at her husband’s old memos, ‘take off most new growth before winter’. She slowly turn the page and read more of his notes, ‘Tender plants inside before frosts, last year too many lost’.

She smiled as a tear came to her eyes. She remembered the hours he sat writing those notes, he loved his garden so much. The Sheds were already stacked with logs she had been storing through the summer months. She pulled a face as she though of those sheds running with beetles before the winter ended. She would take the basket down there to fill with logs and she could hear the beetles in there as she moved the logs, they would make her skin crawl.

There was many weeks of work and jobs to do yet, some would be late others unfinished. Work would last even while autumn changes her gown for that of a bride, swishing down country lanes, bestowing her bridal white in her wake. That indeed will take breath away but on with the chores, all must be done. She sighed! Well! Maybe a sip of cinnamon tea, ginger biscuits hot from the stove. Tomorrow soon enough! She shuddered as she huddled nearer to the fire.
Published: 2006-05-20
Author: Mel Moore

About the author or the publisher
I've been a Foster carer for twenty years and have worked/lived disturb teenagers, my inspiration comes from the children Ilived/worked with.I have written poetry for years and am now writing my first true-life novel and auto-biography. I have two books of poetry Which are;
Silent Witness ISBN: 0975830872
and Nature's Repose ISBN: 0975846426 Viewed or purchased at http://www.shaminosrealm.com.au/

My third book 'Psuedo Love' is released by Publish America, 7th June 2006

www.shaminosrealm.com.au/

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