“There are adventures of the spirit and one can travel in books and interest oneself in people and affairs. One need never be dull as long as one has friends to help, gardens to enjoy and books in the long winter evenings.” D. E. Stevenson, Listening Valley
I read somewhere that the season of Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go, much like the leaves that fall gracefully to the outstretched arms of the earth.
Letting go, albeit reluctantly, of the warmth of summer allows me to explore the coming season of harvest where evening mists hold the promise of the coming winter. October is a time of plans for the long winter months where tea and hot chocolate challenge and decry the frigid winds that buffet my windows. I confess that Vancouver winters are not as cold as in other parts of Canada, but they do have the same mournful howl.
The books are stacked and the tea cupboards fully stocked. A warm shawl rests beside my reading chair along with my favourite “winter socks.”
I just added another book to my “to read” stack: “Listening Valley” by D.E. Stevenson (see above quote), who I just discovered was a best-selling Scottish author. She published more than 40 romantic novels over a period of more than 40 years. Her father was a first cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson, a confirmation that writing was in the family DNA. Goodreads noted that her books are “funny, intensely readable, engaging and dependable.”