The orchards in the valleys surrounding Portland were the first to show the signs of Autumn. The Willamette and Hood River Valleys were filled with pear, peach, apple, and hazelnut trees bearing the full weight of their summer’s growth. As the fruit is pulled from the tree the branches rise slowly toward the sun. A sense of relief at the end of a job well done. If you have never bit into an Oregon or Washington apple fresh off the branch, you have something to add to your bucket list.
Inspiration comes easily in the fall. The dark green Douglas firs that blanket much of the Pacific Northwest provide a stark contrast to the bright bangs of red and yellow as the deciduous trees drop their leaves. Evergreen and ever-tall, they sway gently as the summer breeze turns to a gusting fall wind. This year the sun has shown. The wispy, low, grey clouds that mark the season gave way to bright blue skies backdropping fluffy white clouds. Summer bled into fall.
Fall mornings are the best time to light a candle and hunker under a blanket. The steam from the morning’s hot coffee fogs the window above the sill where the mug is perched. A good book is a candle’s best companion. The stillness of an autumn morning as the yellow leaves drift to the green grass is a meditation unto itself. A season of reflection and fading beauty that hints at winter’s chill.
Have you taken the time to delight at the way the morning frost clings to the heavy orange pumpkins of fall? Autumn is the season with childlike wonder waiting around every corner. Warm apple cider and fresh donuts. Thick, winding pumpkin vines and hay bail tractor rides. The sound of the cooling air whispering through the firs. Good books. Warm fires. Cozy blankets.
As you decorate and furnish your home for the fall and holiday seasons, take a moment to consider the aromas that imbue your space. How should your cozy reading room smell as you watch leaves fall from the trees? Which of your candles carries the glow that matches your mood?
While they are still available, our limited edition “Happy Harvest” tumbler is on sale, as is our fall jelly jar candle set.
The aromas of fall will soon give way to winter’s array of peppermint, fig, and white pine. But don’t turn the page just yet. Let’s take the time to revel in the season we’re in. There is still plenty of time to enjoy our fall line of pumpkin spice, harvest apple, cranberry orange, and spiced cider.
Please share your favorite ways to celebrate the fall season. You can find us on Facebook or Instagram, and we always love hearing from you. I hope you find inspiration in every nook and cranny of autumn. And I wish you a warm start to the coming holiday season.