Autumnal Saturday in lent

You can’t feel deprived in Lent, my  purple and white plectranthus bushes out in heraldic flower,  wild lilies blooming in anticipation of winter rains, farmer’s market stalls heaped with  white pumpkins, red-skinned sweet potatoes, butternuts, thick  creamy white and green leeks, hard green  gem squash. Mushrooms in  pine or oak forests on mountain slopes, days of hot sunshine and cool evenings, outings to pick olives or  search in fallen leaves for pecan nuts.

Abundance is what nature and  life  has to offer and what we  surrender or give up is really so small.


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