Fall’s in the Air

Dear Liza,

All the trees are showing off

We got back from really wet, cold Vancouver and Seattle to slightly drier but cooler Portland. We have had rain, thunder showers, and that wonderful dry, clear cold that people call “crisp”, I guess because breathing it is like biting into an apple.

The leaves are changing, too. The colors that have always meant “School’s Starting!” now mean “Time to get to the pumpkin patch!” and “What should I be for Halloween?”

It is also mushroom season. The owners of SideStreetArts building, Michael Pratt and his wife Rita Larsen brought the artists a whole bunch of Chanterelles that they hunted in the forest. I don’t hunt mushrooms because I haven’t been trained and might accidentally get a poison one. But Michael and Rita KNOW, and we enjoyed the bounty. Delicious roasted with veggies.

These are NOT the Chanterelles. These are growing unharvested in our neighborhood.

Of course, the prettiest part of Fall is the leaves changing colors. This year, I have my own private show! The Hundred Acre Wood, the trees I am growing as a bonsai forest, is changing like all the other trees.

The Hundred Acre Wood, when it was planted in May

The seeds I grew them from came from a tree only a few blocks away, so they feel like they are home.

The Hundred Acre Wood this August (tiny figures installed by you and Cousin Kestrel)

I look forward to seeing the whole cycle play out on my balcony. Life is sweet.

The Hundred Acre Wood this week

Love,

Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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