- A panoramic view is the foundation and inspiration of an outdoorsman’s paradise, an artisan’s retreat and everything in-between. Autumn’s flare of color, crisp air and smoky scents has stirred the hearts and imaginations of poets and prophets alike. It reminds us there is still mystery and enchantment in the world and that wonder isn’t only for the young.
- Misty morning vistas are best viewed with coffee or tea in hand, seated at an outdoor bistro-style breakfast table. A cinnamon-pecan bun is the perfect complement to a rich autumn blend like pumpkin spice. If you’re watching your calories – and who isn’t these days – try a Triple Layered Breakfast Apple Sandwich. Here’s the link to the recipe: http://talesofakitchen.com/breakfast/triple-layered-breakfast-apple-sandwich/
- We can’t mention how well an autumn view goes with breakfast unless we follow it up by setting the scene for dinner. If you want to get the girl – or guy – an open air sunset dinner on the deck is your ticket to romance. All it takes is a dusky splash of color along the skyline, wine, and farm-to-table fresh food. If you‘re already married, dinner for two on the veranda is one way to keep the heart fires burning. In Forest City, we have a wonderful farmers market. It’s right in town and easy to get to. Take advantage of the harvest: apples, pumpkins, and butternut squash. To match your view, think crimson, orange and gold when picking fruits and vegetables. They’re not only colorful but flavorful and nutrient rich. Try honey roasted root vegetables with a Viognier Wine.
- Hot tubs never go out of season. On a chilly fall night, nothing beats a hot soak in the tub. As for the view – look up. Autumn offers stargazers clear skies filled with mythical magic. Pegasus, the flying horse, is fall's signature constellation. In early evening, you’ll find him angled in the eastern sky, one corner pointing down to the horizon. If you wait a few hours after sunset, the constellation is higher in the sky. The Great Square of Pegasus is the most prominent part of the constellation. In October, about four hours after sunset, face south and look up. You'll see a large square of medium-bright stars.
- Fall is not only ideal for hunting, it’s also ideal for nature watching. Consider investing in a pair of high-performance binoculars and a high-resolution digital camera. First, view and capture the magnificent scenery, then center on the details. Among the foliage is whitetail deer, squirrels, woodchucks and wild turkeys. The woods are a symphony of chirping. More than 60 species of birds nest in this area. Most species are typical of the western piedmont. Among them are the ruffed grouse, black-throated green warbler and rose-breasted grosbeak. You may also find Acadian flycatchers, Carolina chickadees, wood thrushes, hooded warblers and indigo buntings.
- Our final suggestion is for the artisans. Write a poem about the deep colors and smoky scents of autumn or kicking through the leaves when you were a child. Compose a song of minor chords reflecting how the year grows older, the days shorter, and how memories cling like the last leaf of fall. Paint your view literally and metaphorically. With your view as inspiration, find your unique way of expressing autumn.
|Karen D. McCall
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