Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fall Decorating

It is so much fun at the start of a new season. Replacing the quiet colors of summer with the rich jewels of fall. I draped the mantles with bittersweet, filled baskets with hydrangea blooms and lavender. Replaced bowl fillers with apples, pears, & gourds. My husband found a perfect, dried gourd, a cast-off from last year. I varnished it. It turned out the most marvelous color like aged stucco. It was such a wonderful surprise that now is part of a still-life on my back-door cupboard. I filled a great, green basket with silk sunflowers, hydrangea & bittersweet to put outside my front door. Poor Pee Wee is just "decorated out". He had to take a qucik cat-nap.

Fall is here

These past few mornings it has really felt like fall. When I poke my nose out the door, the scent of fallen leaves is in the air. It is cool on my feet-(still in sandals). There are still a few late-comer tomatoes hanging on the vine and two lush purple eggplant to be picked. It's time to toast marshmallows by the fire. The days are shorter and time seems to travel by just a little bit faster.

Time to pick Hydrangeas for drying. Replace all the faded summer blooms with the jewel-tones of fall. Pumpkins that come in all shapes and colors. And time once again to bring Miss Witch down from the attic to reign as queen of the porch.

Apple cider is fresh at the orchard. Time to go and pick apples. Yes, fall is here.