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I found out yesterday that Jan at Poppytalk is hosting Fall Colors Week again this year. (I’ve participated in several of her color weeks in the past.) Today’s color is red – my favorite! – so here are some glimpses of red around here:

red leaves harvard yard

As I keep saying, it is the season of red leaves.

shoes red leaves


red leaves tree autumn

And red chairs.

red chair autumn leaves harvard yard

Plenty of red teapots on the shelves at Tealuxe.

tealuxe teapots tea

And red beards in the Public Garden. (Go Sox!)

ducklings beards red sox public garden boston

Several shades of red showed up at lunch this weekend:

pride and prejudice soup lunch

And, of course, there are apples everywhere.

apples cutting board kitchen fall

Where are you glimpsing red this fall?


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I’m still playing along with Autumn Colour Week over at Poppytalk, and today’s hue is orange. The leaves here have been slow to turn this year, and they’re tending toward yellow and red, so these photos are all from last fall. (Doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them, though!)

So, some orange loveliness for you:

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It’s Day 2 of Poppytalk’s Autumn Colour Week, and I have some cheery yellow for you, beginning with lovely leaves on the Common:

And some mums and umbrellas at a sidewalk cafe:

The leaves are also lovely down on Newbury Street:

And there’s a hint of gold in the sunsets at our beach:

Where is yellow popping up for you this autumn?

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Jan over at Poppytalk is hosting Autumn Colours Week again this year – and she’s starting off with red. It’s my favorite, so I couldn’t resist sharing some happy red bits of autumn with you.

I’ve been hanging out in the Public Garden, wearing my Ishbel shawl:

And admiring one brave red little maple:

I’m still rockin’ my red wellies when it rains:

And savoring every single one of the apples we picked this weekend with friends:

Where are you “seeing red” (in a non-angry way, I hope!) this fall? (P.S.: you can check out the Autumn Colours Week Flickr pool for more photos.)

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I have just a few purple images to share with you today.

First up are the crocuses in University Parks, which bloom just after the snowdrops and are a sure sign that spring is coming:

(Aren’t they sweet? I’d never seen crocuses in real life before coming to Oxford. They are so delicate and Secret Garden-esque.)

Next we have tulips on Morrell Avenue, near my little house:

And hyacinths at Merton College:

My favourite purple spring flower hides in the curve of Queen’s Lane, which runs around the edge of Hertford College, past the entrance to New College, curves around the corner of All Souls College, then passes behind Queen’s College and beside St Edmund Hall before it empties onto the High Street. At the corner of Queen’s Lane and the High is Queen’s Lane Coffee House, where the scones are always warm and the tea comes in elegant glass mugs. (The hot chocolate is also delicious.)

I often rode my bike down Queen’s Lane to avoid walking it down Cornmarket Street, the main drag which is pedestrians-only, or to shortcut some of the craziness of the High. But once the wisteria started blooming, I rode down Queen’s Lane as often as I could for the sight and smell of this sweet purple:

Mmmm. Wonderful.

And finally, the sunsets in South Parks can be pink or gold, but are sometimes a bit purply:

I love every subtle shade, every cloud, every spire, every light that twinkles out across the valley. I think it may be time to plan another trip.

Happy Thursday to you.

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It’s yellow day here and over at Poppytalk – so here are some glimpses of spring sunshine in Oxford!

Daffodils in University Parks:

And at Balliol College, alma mater of Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy Sayers’ gentleman detective:

Luscious fruits at the weekly Wednesday open market, Gloucester Green:

Tulips in University Parks:

Yellow roses climbing a house on Morrell Avenue, which curves up Headington Hill, and which was my route to school:

And finally, a bit of gold in an early spring sunset, with dreaming spires aplenty:

Hope you enjoy this yellow – Abby is also playing along, and the shots in the Flickr pool are gorgeous.

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It’s Green Day over at Poppytalk, and also here, as I’m participating in their Spring Color Week. Abilene is starting to “green up,” especially with our recent rains, but these photos are all from Oxford, taken in spring 2008.

This church, now the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, is right around the corner from the ACU houses on Canterbury Road. (It’s technically on the Woodstock Road.) Its gardens are small, but vibrant.

My friend Vince, an American Ph.D. student (whose wedding we attended this summer), gave me a tour of Worcester, his college. It was still chilly – I wore my raincoat and wellies – but oh so green.

I love the sunsets in South Parks (see yesterday’s post), but mostly I love that it’s one long bolt of green, unfurling down a hillside. (I rode my bike down it once, for the pure pleasure of it – and after spring came, I nearly always took off my shoes and walked barefoot in the grass.)

This is Mary Kate, who belongs to Julie, and belonged to our ACU group that spring. Doesn’t she look like a literary heroine in this pose?

I spent one blissful afternoon in the gardens of New College, where my friend Owen proposed to his wife, and where the cloisters speak of romance and mystery.

My housemates and I took a May excursion to Suffolk, where Lizzie lives, and where all of us were able to relax for a few days. We had dinner at the local pub, watched the six-hour Pride and Prejudice, jumped on a friend’s trampoline, sneaked into a castle, and walked several miles on Five Bridges Road. This is the “album cover” photo; they’re all blowing on blades of grass. (From left: Lizzie, Grace and Jo.) I love these girls.

Happy green Tuesday to you.

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Jan over at Poppytalk is hosting a week of spring color – similar to the autumn color week she hosted back in the fall. I’m playing along, as I did last fall, but spring isn’t quite in full force here yet, so I’m mostly using photos from – guess where? – Oxford and Europe, in spring 2008.

So here are my photos for today, which is pink:

(The tulip tree next to my beloved St Mary’s, whose tower boasts the best view of Oxford)

(Pink trees near our hostel in Paris, in the Marais, April 2008)

(Pink petals carpeting the ground on Winchester Road, north Oxford, May 2008)

(This tree leans way out into the High Street – the only blooming thing on the block, at St Mary’s)

(And finally, a sunset in South Parks, one of my favourite haunts in the cool, green-scented spring evenings.)

Happy pink Monday!

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