Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pour Prendre Conge


In a more leisurely time, when ladies and gentlemen had calling cards and social obligations could be fulfilled merely by leaving a calling card at an acquaintance's house, it was the custom, if this was a farewell call, to write the initials PPC in the upper lefthand corner  -- pour prendre conge -- for leave taking.  
Perhaps then, the spectacular leaves that Autumn scatters so freely are her calling cards --pour prendre conge . . . 


14 comments:

Victoria said...

Beautiful photos!

Miss_Yves said...

PPC: "En Français dans le texte"!

Good choice !

Ms. A said...

Such nice calling cards, too!

June said...

I like that thought.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Definitely, for the leaves are leaving.

Jim Egerton said...

I'm not leafing yet, but come spring!

Frances said...

Vicki, merci for the beautiful photographs with their lovely mix of colors.

Isn't it fun to be outdoors at this time of the year and to come across exclamation points amongst the leaves?

xo

Vicki Lane said...

I was going to say something about 'leaf-taking' but thought better of it...

Vagabonde said...

I went back to read all your posts since my last visit. I enjoyed your beautiful photos and your wise words about same-sex marriages. It still surprises me, even though I have lived in the US for so many years, that citizens here think it is OK to say they love this country because of its freedom to all, but at the same time do not wish freedom for people who do not share their views, being marriage or family planning – so what is the American meaning of “freedom” I wonder? Is it just what white, Christian Americans believe and then forget the rest of everyone not like them?

We do not have beautiful fall colors on our leaves yet, and I am sure waiting for them.

Star said...

Yes that is a very good analogy Vicki. I will think of that tomorrow when I go walking.

Jim Egerton said...

Oh go ahead and say it

L. D. said...

All three shots are great. The first one really shows off the leaf's colors.

Thérèse said...

True! My heart hesitates between one and three :-)

Brian Miller said...

it is interesting that its meaning is asking permission to leave...you gave me reason to look it up...