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01/09/2008


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THE CALENDAR - PART TWO

I knew when Autumn came
Not by the crimson flame
Of leaves that lapped the eaves
Or mist
In amethyst
And opal-tinted weaves
But because there were alley-taws
Punctual as hips and haws
On the counter of Mrs Shaw's.

by Barbara Euphan Todd


Stone or clay formed the earliest marbles, but the alabaster 'alley-taws' made better shooters than the cheaper clay - these words are taken from the National Toy Hall of Fame website.

10 comments:

Christy said...

Happy September 1st!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The clear light of autumn is evident in your lovely photo!

daffy said...

*groan* but we haven't had any sunshine! :o(
I love the ppicture though... it wouln't be out of place on display at the kids Harvest Festivals!

Lavinia said...

What are alley taws?

Wienermaedel said...

a nice autumn poem! I love the light and the colours of autumn so very much that I do not miss the green and blossoming of summer time.

farmingfriends said...

This is a beautiful photograph
Louise.
Sara from farmingfriends

Daisys Little Cottage said...

I love this poem ! Wonderful post and beautiful photo.
smiles
DarLy*~

Gina said...

Love this photo Louise..what a beautiful part of your garden..hope you're getting some time in your 'patch' atm..Gxox

scruss said...

Thanks for posting the poem fragment. I had this in a schoolbook, and it has been nipping my head for years.

Plant Nursery said...

Fall is a sad time for me. I know all the pretty blooms and blossoms will soon be a thing of the past.I do enjoy your posts and pictures.