Where are you going, leaves?

In autumn the leaves come blowing, yellow and brown.
They rustle in the ditches, they tug and hang on the hedge.
Where are you going, leaves?  Far, far away.
Into the earth we go, with the rain and the berries.
Take me, leaves, O take me on your dark journey.
I will go with you, I will be rabbit-of-the-leaves.
In the deep places of the earth, the earth and the rabbit.

Silverweed, Watership Down

Currently reading “Watership Down” by Richard Adams.

Have you read this classic?

We are reading it in preparation for our upcoming book club.

Would love to hear thoughts from those who have read.

Cheers & Hugs,
Jodi

54 thoughts on “Where are you going, leaves?

  1. Watership Down is very close to where I grew up in Berkshire. English Berkshire that is, pronounced Bark like a dog not Berk like a Turk. Later, much later, when I took over running my parents-in-laws’ cheese shop Richard Adams who by that time had moved to Ashamstead even closer was a customer every Saturday. I was always star struck because I do think his book of bunnies is a masterpiece. Thank you for this delightful homage and enjoy the read 📖

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  2. Very nice post Jodi. I really love the foliage in autumn when the leaves are still on the trees and begin to show a multitude of colors. It is so beautiful. I must admit however that ad we got into the later months in autumn and the leaves begin to fall off the trees, it would cause me a bit of stress. I am by nature a neat freak and must have a place for everything. As much as I enjoyed working outside, it used to drive me crazy trying to keep all my gardens tidy and free of the brown leaves. I would spend numerous hours in the yard, picking up each and every leave on the lawn and in our flower beds and between all our rock formations and I would feel a sense of accomplishment when I had everything pick up only to look out the next day and wonder how all the leave once again would show back up in our garden and pool !. It would become a continuous effort for me and I always hoped that others in my old neighborhood would pick up their leaves. It seemed that all this would happen at the time that Terry and I would be getting everything ready for our Christmas decorations. I was okay with the leaves blowing to a degree for our Halloween displays, but I hated the leaves getting entangled into all my Christmas holly and poinsettas and other Christmas stuff displays, because I felt is took away from the red, green and white effect that I wanted to have for our Christmas shows. In mid November until late December, I would be out there daily in the gardens, shaking off all the holly, re-racking the lawn very carefully so as not to disconnect any the wiring that we had strategically placed to run our Christmas show. Oh well. such is life…At least I got my exercise each day out there each day no matter how could come rain or shine! Luv Gary

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      • Quote from wikipedia: “Bright Eyes” is a song written by Mike Batt and performed by Art Garfunkel. It was used in the soundtrack of the 1978 British animated adventure drama film Watership Down and the later television series of the same name.”

        NOTE: I really did not like the movie. It seemed to lose all the sensitivities of the book and became a series of overdone dramas! Highly not recommended!

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  3. “Watership Down” was the first book I read by Richard Adams (his first book too) many years ago. I loved it! I also recommend his “Traveller” and “Girl in a Swing”. His autobiography, “The Day Gone By” is a must read for any fan of his work. I love these words of his: “men are mortal; but ideas are immortal.” I think I must go back and reread this classic. Thank-you for reminding me of a worthwhile experience and enjoy the book!

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  4. I read it many years ago, just after college. (I also read his book, “The Plague Dogs” and thank goodness that one ended well because it was a hard book to get through as a dog lover. It’s told from the point of view of two dogs who escape from a research lab and go in search of the Isle of Dogs, because they believe they will be safe there.) Anyway, I thought the book was very good, as it characters acted like rabbits enough to be believable, and yet he made some very good points about human nature and society. It’s amazing what we’re willing to sacrifice in order to stay safe, isn’t it? It’s a timeless book, I think, and like “The Plague Dogs,” it ends well. Have you ever read Felix Salten’s “Bambi?” It’s similar to Watership Down…and NOTHING like the Disney movie!

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  5. Jodi, I’m sure the layers of meaning would help more now that I am an adult. When I read “Animal Farm” I could picture the main animals being the one who interrogated and bugged the others. . . It was not as sweetly written as “Watership Down.” 🐇

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