Sep 16, 2010


Ellen Barbara Segner - Illustrator
Well Known for Little Miss Sunbeam and Dick and Jane Readers

Many of you have been sharing your favorite fall comforts on my "It's Almost Autumn Tea Giveaway" post. The images are delicious!  I began to reflect and I do believe that it was grade school that first captured my affection for fall.

Southern California is an irrigated desert, so we don't witness a substantial change in our landscape. Most trees retain their leaves and others shed foliage with little or no fanfare. Aside from a noticeable drop in temperature and seasonal flower-beds ceasing to bloom, it's pretty much business-as-usual.

I did have a nibble of fall at the home where my parents still reside.  They have a Liquid Amber tree in their front yard that mimics a Maple.  The leaves turn crimson, burnt orange, and yellow; and the green prickly pods become russet.

Yet, my truest connection to fall was at William F. Prisk Elementary School. Each September, on the first day of school, I would locate my desk, take inventory of new and returning students, and then check to see how my teacher had cozied up the room.

There was always an autumn themed calendar with apples or leaves numbering the days. Bulletin boards were a collage of varietal apples, baskets, the token rake, and trees blazing with color.

My name was neatly written as "Karen M" on apples or foliage simply because there were 5 Karen's in my grade. Once, briefly, at least 4 of us were in the same classroom!

Then there were the beautiful text book illustrations much like the one above. I could have gazed endlessly at sweater clad children diving into piles of leaves or following leaf-littered paths to school.  In essence, the California classroom treated us to a fall we weren't able to experience first hand.

NOTE: Scroll down for my "It's Almost Autumn Tea Giveaway!"

Image Courtesy of American Art Archives

Sep 12, 2010

"It's Almost Autumn Tea Giveaway!"


Fall doesn't begin until the 22nd of this month, but you can tell by my music that I am an eager beaver! No leaf left behind!  Especially "tea" leaves! In fact my my favorite letter in AUTUMN is T! So, let's begin this season properly, shall we?

I am giving away this scrumptious 4 ounce tin of Harney and Sons Cranberry Autumn loose tea!  Check out its description: "The tangy sweet citrus fragrance of Cranberry Autumn evokes euphoria. Dried cranberry and orange bits are blended with handpicked black teas from China and India producing a full-bodied brew as delicious as its scent. Ideally sweet and tart, this black tea expresses exceptionally smooth and flavorful tones. Fall in love with the sweet fruit aroma whilst sipping the exquisite mahogany red of Cranberry." Sound delectable?

  1. FOLLOW ME on the right sidebar (if you haven't already). 
  2. LEAVE A COMMENT telling me what you love about Fall! 
  3. EXTRA ENTRIES: You will receive 1 extra entry for each person you refer to this Giveaway. Make sure that they mention your name in their comments. 
  4. DEADLINE: September 22nd at Midnight PST; the first day of Fall!