Wednesday, 2 November 2011

"Rage, rage against the dying light"

The close of October plunges us into a darker season of the year and already now, as November dawns, the darkness creeps up on us in the afternoons.  Many of the trees and bushes in the garden softly succumb to the autumn and slowly, almost imperceptibly,  the foliage disperses,  reducing them to mere skeletal forms.  Not so, the hedge that borders our garden.
 

It does not go gently,
but rages against the failing season.  
The leaves blaze with a short, furious intensity until suddenly they have gone: dropped to the ground where they lie like embers after the inferno is extinguished.

I was just in time to gather some leaves, then,

  
 pressed them to use as decorations and to sprinkle on  the autumn table
  


where angelic white chocolate cherubs rest atop voluptuous   chocolate cup cakes.

Anna

37 comments:

  1. What a great colors and love your cupcakes darling !! love from me...xxx..

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  2. The trees are suddenly doing their last blaze of colour here too, I wish those leaves could hold on for just a little longer, they are so beautiful! Great idea pressing them, so at least you can go on enjoying their colour on your table!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. x

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  3. I love your regal, skeletal cake plate. And the colours you capture and the words you use are perfectly wonderful. You've even got elegant paper cupcake holders - such attention to detail. Axxx

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  4. Lovely images - luscious and delicious at the same time.
    Francesca

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  5. You certainly have a way with words Anna, and such beautiful pictures.
    I love the crown with those gorgeous cakes :o) the scattered leaves add to the beauty.
    Best wishes
    Rose H

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  6. Hello Anna:
    'Do not go gentle into that good night'. How wonderfully well you have employed Dylan Thomas' words taken from that so splendid poem to fit the theme of this post where 'Rage, rage against the dying of the light' is so appropriate for the present season.

    Your little cakes look positively delicious.

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  7. Hi Anna,

    Your cupcakes look divine! Wish I could pop along to taste one. The red leaves look very decorative.

    Have a lovely day,

    Madelief x

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  8. I'm glad that your hedge is 'raging against the dying light' as its colour is amazing. I like the way you have scattered its leaves around your lovely cupcakes:)

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  9. Delicious color arrangement! Well done coordinating!

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  10. Wow...what lovely colour today. I am sad to see the days growing shorter but I love the coziness it brings inside. Thursday hugs to you.

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  11. Such lovely photos yet again! The colour and intensity of the hedge is fabulous and those cupcakes look particularly scrummy x

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  12. Oh, you know, when it comes to brown chocolate, I can generally pretty much take it or leave it. But white chocolate? I rarely resist. Putting the two together like that is just eval / wonderful, I can't decide which. That hedge is lovely and it was a great idea to bring those leaves in! We were just saying that the whole autumn thing doesn't really happen much in our neck of the woods. The shortening days have me going out for runs or walks mid-day just now; I can't face running around in the dark just yet!

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  13. The royal beauty of those wondrous red leaves compliments your delicious looking cupcakes...

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  14. Dear Anna,

    I have today nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award and hope you'll feel able to take it on and offer us a view of what you see as your 'quirks' - please see my post from today. Axxx

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  15. Those delightful and delicious looking chocolate treats are far too beautiful to eat. They could so easily be the decoration in a chocolatier's window.

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  16. The leaves are the perfect complement to the gorgeous cupcakes...yum!!

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  17. Hello Anna, I can sympathize with your feelings entirely.As I get older I seem to appreciate the light more and more. I love Autumn, but find winter a little too long! However, there is always food and drink to cheer us. Your cupcakes are delightful. I just love the little cherubs.

    Thankyou so much for your very kind words. I didn't know whether to write that post or not. I have been moved to tears by what you have written, and feel that I did do the right thing.
    Have a wonderful week, and thankyou once again, your words mean a lot! Love Linda x

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  18. Dearest Anna,

    What a lovely post with vibrant fall colors, for as long as they're lingering... I hate the 'skeleton' period of the garden, that's why we choose for several evergreen shrubs and trees. For having at least some green in winter, after having lived for three winters in the tropics in Indonesia, it is harder even.
    Your angelic chocolate cupcakes are divine! What a perfect presentation. Some bakery must have a great silicon mold for making them.
    Love to you,

    Mariette

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  19. Oh, I wish I had one right now, I can just taste it. Thanks for stopping by, Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  20. Hello, thank you for your very kind comment on my blog. Lovely to have had a visit from you. Your photography here is absolutely stunning and I loved discovering that Honesty seedheads are known as Judas Coins where you are........... fascinating. I have just picked some today from our garden and shall germinate them next spring.

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  21. Hi Anna,

    What a lovely post. I always delight in that last blast of colour before the winter and those leaves are magnificent.

    Thanks for visiting and posting a comment on my blog.

    Marie x

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  22. What gorgeous images! Cherubs and chocolate!
    Bring on the darkness... with chocolate I can face anything!
    Patti

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  23. Hello Anna, Thank you for your sweet comments. We seem to have more charity shops springing up in every town, some are better than others!
    You are quite right, sleeping through winter seems like a great idea :o)
    The tree candelabra is lovely, but I need to find some small candles to fit the holders now.
    Hope you have a lovely week!
    Rose H

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  24. Would love to see a photo of the light and the chandelier! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  25. you captured the light with stunning prose and delicious images!

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  26. Hi Anna!
    Well, this idea I love, simple yet effective, will have to copy this one, the color is also on a little tree in my garden, thanks for the tip!
    Hope you enjoy the rest of the week,
    Maureen x

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  27. I am seeing more sky lately as the leaves rain upon the ground. The structure of the trees are lovely, time is flying by so fast. Your cupcakes look delicious - I have enjoyed strolling through your blog! I am your newest follower,
    Kathy

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  28. Dearest Anna,

    Thanks for your visit and comment; it meant a lot to me. I treasure your friendship!
    Have a lovely weekend and love to you,

    Mariette

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  29. Hello,
    I visited your blog today - I saw you on 'A Delightsome Life.' Your blog is so pretty and charming. Those cupcakes look scrumptious, and the angel on them is wonderful. Me and my daughters started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would emjoy coming back to visit with you. Your blog is filled with beauty, and those cupcakes made me smile. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  30. Anna,
    Thank you for visiting Red Rose Alley. You mentioned that you followed us, but it doesn't show on our followers that you did. I'm not sure why. I would love for you to visit us again, and I hope that you have many special moments this holiday season.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  31. Hello Anna, I hope all is well with you and yours? The weather has turned colder here, but so far we have been very fortunate that the weather has been mild. Thankyou for all your lovely comments. I hope you have an enjoyable weekend ahead, much love Linda x

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  32. Hi Anna, I'm back again. Please pop over to my blog, there's an award for you to collect!
    Best wishes
    Rose H
    x

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  33. Hi Anna - missing you and your lovely posts!
    Francesca

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  34. That is a lovely idea, I have never seen leaves so Christmassy before!

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  35. Anna - Have missed your posts. Hope all is well with you. Wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2012!

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