Wednesday, October 23, 2013


When you come to the walkway to my home this is my little nod to fall. The nights are just getting nippy and I hope to see more color this week. My windows are in on the porch and I love how October feels, smells and looks.

Now my old faux pumpkin was looking a bit worse for the wear. I wasn't going to take her out this year, but when I stood at the kitchen window the old stonewall looked so naked. I didn't want to buy another pumpkin at this late date and I liked where all the others were, sooooo out she came and the light bulb went off. The sun had faded her. A bit like what the sun does to my hair. Why not color her. People paint pumpkins all over blog land.

Good for another year!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Going Natural

Fall in New England is a beautiful thing. It starts slowly, some touches of yellow, some cooler nights. Then we start the hustle to move plants in doors, close up the pool. Pack up cushions and anything that might freeze in the pool house over winter. There is a touch of sadness over the end of summer. My gardens are going by and will need lots of clean up. Cannas need to be dug and brought in.

Then I tackle my bins of Harvest and Halloween decorations. I feel less is more these days. The Grands are getting older so I don't need the stuff I did just for them. I find I love the natural decorations so much more. So instead of fake twigs of colored leaves this year I cut my grasses and Hydrangeas, some Sedums and some Artemisia.  This is the result, my little potting shed got a decorative touch on the door and my wooden box in the kitchen received the same treatment.

We see some touches of color here, but it will be a couple of weeks before the yellow and orange of the maples shine and the blaze of red from the oaks drench the yard in their color. So I will make some more Pumpkin Bread to have while I sip my apple cider and enjoy each day because while Autumn is a wonderful time of means.....dang, sniffle, whimper...that darn snow is on its way. My least favorite season.