Two things I love about the Autumn- HALLOWEEN and Bittersweet.
Nothing says fall to me like the hunt for Bittersweet- an invasive weed that strangles trees and crawls over shrubs. It's gorgeous. This time of year I can't drive down a road, edged with woods, without keeping an eye out for this beautiful vine. I keep a pair of clippers in my car so that I can easily hop out- once it is spyed- and cut as much down as possible before the cops stop me.
I then proceed to bedeck every available surface on my porch with this vine.I often do get rude comments about the need for a machete to get into my house. That's how much I twine around the doorway, bannisters, lightposts and bench. But look, isn't it cool?
Then there are the pumpkins- I have 5 on my doorstep now- all different varieties. They sure have come a long way since plain old orange ones from my childhood.
I have one that looks like a very large green-speckled apple, a white one, a very tall, elongated orange and - my favorite- the HUGE but squatty peach one that looks just like cinderella's carriage pre Fairy Godmother.
And then, of course, is the one that we carved for Halloween. This one was done by my son last night. He asked all of the poor souls who came Trick-or-Treating if they liked his jack-o-lantern. He's a glutton for compliments.
We also had one of those cool new fake ones that you get at Michael's Craft store. This one I carved last year. And it hasn't rotted away yet.
And the last is a ceramic one that I light everytime we have company coming- all the way up to Thanksgiving. I just thinks it's fun.
Only problem now is that I have two bags of Twizzler's and Crunch bars to get rid of. It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it.