Autumn + New Beginnings

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Photographs: Rose and  Crown 

Yesterday was our first taste of Autumn in Cape Town, with a sudden drop in temperature and spurts of rain throughout the day. It was gloomy and cold, a nice relief after the really warm days we have had this past week. Now that the last few days of Summer have passed, I am welcoming the changing season because I myself am going through a period of transition.

The biggest change in my life was getting married about 4 weeks ago and moving into a new home. Leaving behind my old habits, useless items and comforts and creating new routines, adjusting to my surroundings and discovering the joys of cooking and baking.

Another change was creating this place, a home for all my inspirations and creative work (you can read more about me by clicking the About page above). After blogging an entire year about our wedding and all the pre-planning here, a change was much needed and I am excited for what lies ahead. I am reminded of South African poet Roy Cambells’ poem Autumn where he describes the transformative power of the changing seasons, where Autumn and Winter are about the  stripping and purging away leaving behind only what is necessary and pure.

Autumn by Roy Cambell

I love to see, when leaves depart,

The clear anatomy arrive,

Winter, the paragon of art,

That kills all forms of life and feeling

Save what is pure and will survive.

 

Already now that clanging chains

Of geese are harnessed to the moon:

Stripped are the great sun-clouding planes:

And the dark pines, their own revealing,

Let in the needles of the noon,

 

Strained by the gale the olives whiten

Like hoary wrestlers bent with toil

And, with the vines, their branches lighten

To brim our vats where summer lingers

In the red froth and sun-gold oil.

 

Soon on our hearths reviving pyre

Their rotted stems will crumble up:

And like a ruby, panting fire,

The grape will redden on your fingers

Through the lit crystal of the cup.

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