Recently, I received an invitation to contribute a themed “word list” to a poetry site that I visit quite often.

I chose a “neighbours” theme for the list posted so colourfully at . 

In connection with that theme, I am reposting a poem that I wrote. If you stop by the link site, you can enjoy a few “autumn reads” by some amazing poets!



By Patricia A. McGoldrick

It seems to me that neighbourhoods

Are kind of like pumpkin fields

Sprouting through clay soil

Growing up

Spurting outwards with sprawling green vines

Budding and blossoming in orange sherbet blooms

Folding frequently at the tip of new creations

Freckle-faced green growth

Bigger and rounder segmented appendages

Turning to orange    Carotene taking over

Vines shriveling to brown

The autumn field neighbourhood is dotted with

Orange pumpkin balls of all sizes and shades

‘Til harvest arrives, then, here come the pickers–

Some of the pumpkins are gone to new homes already

But, for those who are able,

A few more orange globes are captured

The carving begins

Designers of all ages plot a unique face

For their autumn gold and soon

Moist seeds are roasted, then salted, not sold

The promise of next year’s crop rests in the field

With the leftover seedlings

Continuing from the remainder of old neighbourhoods.                      

 *Previously published in Cyclamens & Swords, April 2009.  


This week has been a smooth start for our traditionally chilly autumn.

With evening temperatures close to the daytime level,  it has been so pleasant for walking in the neighbourhood after supper.


The sky has been alternating between light white clouds, blue background and even a bit of pink!

Apples are everywhere!

This is a great time to buy local and to enjoy a healthy snack, grown close to home.

Time to mix a bit of cinnamon with a few of the local varieties. Apple crisp in the slow cooker is a treat for dessert.

Check out this recipe for apple cranberry coconut crisp by Judith Finlayson. I have made this several times, with a few alterations. Not so much of a cranberry fan so I add blueberries. Whatever you choose, the result is delicious, fills the house with a wonderful aroma and is ready to serve in a relatively short time. Keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days.


Have a great weekend, All ! Maybe check out a local market or apple festival, or two! 🙂

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