Monday, October 27, 2008

Autumn Colours

Thanksgiving Day was sunny and warm. We had eaten our fill of turkey with all the trimmings the day before and we both had the day off work. We decided to go for a drive to admire the changing colours of the leaves; it was the perfect time to see them at their best.
I was delighted to go on the excursion, but not so thrilled with the thought of sitting in a car for several hours straight. We had finished off the previous day with a spanking, and my bottom was still quite sensitive. Ron had had a preview of some autumn colours as he turned my bottom several shades of pink and red with his hand. I don't know how he knew I'd been hoping for a hand spanking; that man has a knack for reading my mind. I had welcomed the intimate feeling that only skin to skin contact can produce, but as he got underway, he surprised me with the force of his impact. It made me wonder, and not for the first time, how his hand could hurt so much more than any of our leather implements. Let's just say I was a lot more vocal than usual!
We got underway and once we were out of the city I forgot about my discomfort. We passed tree-lined fields, farms and villages, and forests presenting a massed display of many shades of green, red, yellow, orange and brown. Every so often we would drive by a lake. There was absolutely no wind that day, and the water's surface mirrored the colourful display above. It was a picture postcard day.

I thought back to the last time we had traveled the route, many years ago. We had not yet experienced the delights of spanking; that was still several months in the future. We were both grieving the unexpected loss of a much-loved dog. Her young and frightened successor was in the car with us, enduring her first outing with people who were still strangers to her. This time, I felt peaceful and relaxed, thanks in part to the stress reliever of the night before.
Our destination was a mountain with a lookout site. The parking lot was nearly full; it was a popular destination for many families that day. The view was spectacular. We looked down on miles and miles of colourful trees, intermixed with houses, barns, roads, and a lake dotted with boats.
After taking a few pictures, we hiked along a trail through the woods. Several times we passed large fallen logs, and I half-wondered what it would feel like to be bent over one and spanked. Not that I really wanted another one so soon, but it was fun to imagine. There was too much likelihood that we would be surprised by other hikers, so we didn't stop to experiment.
We returned to the car and went in search of something to eat. Last time, we had eaten a picnic lunch at a table under the trees so that our young dog could share the meal with us. This time we stopped at a small country inn and had a delicious meal. Then we had the pleasure of retracing our route along the bright, tree-lined roads all the way home.
It was the perfect end to a weekend devoted to giving thanks for all that we have together.


Paul said...

Hermione,sounds really lovely, one of the reasons that I love Autumn.
We have had a lot of rain and gales, the leaves have gone.
Warm hugs,

smith said...

Hermione - I too have noticed to glorious beauty of the Autumn colors here in Colorado. I asked my 21 year old daughter the other day, "Have the colors always been this magnificent?" And our weather has been to die for....60's and 70's and sunny. People think Denver is cold...but it is our little secret that the sun shines 98% of the year....such beauty! Thanks for sharing!


Anonymous said...

Fall is my favorite. I love the colors and weather. Reading this post makes me long for our Thanksgiving- I love that holiday. Thank you for sharing.
I Gal

Apple said...

I love Autumn.
The colour of the´s so romantic....

Kisses Apple

Spanky said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! Unfortunately where we live there's no much change of seasons to experience.

Bonnie said...


I love those sort of outings, and what could be more seasonal than enjoying a little autumnal coloring?


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing

AngelBrat said...

Such pretty pictures! And I tagged you - go read my blog to see!

Hermione said...

Paul - We've had lots of rain and high winds too. There are more leaves on the ground than on the trees now.

Barbie - I don't think the colours are always as vibrant as this year. Sometimes if there is too little rain, the leaves go from green to dead with nothing in between. We're lucky this year.

I Gal - It's a lovely celebration. Ours is a lot earlier than yours, but then so is our harvest.

Apple - Yes, they're lovely, especially in large piles that someone else raked!

Spanky - That would be quite interesting, as long as your single season wasn't a cold and snowy winter.

Bonnie - We enjoyed both kinds, although my colouring didn't last long.

Jean - It was indeed special.

Angelbrat - I thought I felt something! I'll go check it out.


Greenwoman said...

*smiles* Beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet post. Thanks for taking the time to write it up for us.

Terpsichore said...

beautiful photos...I love Autumn... :-)

Mina said...

It sounded like a wonderful day. I always forget about Thanksgiving Day since it is not something we celebrate in Australia.