Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Tami and Jake in the pumpkin patch

It's a wonderful time of the year.  The leaves are starting to drop and there is a freshness about the air.

It's still warm enough during the day and the mornings are just perfect for attending to chores or for a brisk walk.  The nights are starting to cool down and we will soon add another quilt to the bed.

The season is changing and so are our spirits, as we slowly wind down from the hectic pace of summer and embrace the coming of autumn.

"The summer morn is bright and fresh, the birds are darting by/As if they loved to breast the breeze that sweeps the cool clear sky."

William Cullen Bryant

Meanwhile, there are a few changes in the decor of the Cottage.  Not much yet, just a few small ones that will carry on until Halloween and then additions will be made as a new celebration is begun, then back to the more simple ways again until Thanksgiving.

"Share my harvest and my home."

Thomas Hood from "Ruth"

"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a home grown tomato."

Lewis Grizzard, author and comedian

"We drank tea again yesterday with the Tilsons, and met the Smiths.

I find all these little parties very pleasant."

Jane Austen, April 18, 1811
from correspondence to her beloved sister, Cassandra

"By all these lovely tokens, September days are here.  With summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer."

Author Unknown

In picture: Brent and Jake at the pumpkin patch

"Live in each season as it passes: breath the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit."

Henry David Thoreau

"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face."

John Donne

"It's such responsibility having a minister's family to tea.  I never went through such an experience before.  You should just see our pantry.  It's a sight to behold...We're going to have two kinds of Jelly...and three kinds of cookies, and fruit-cake, and Marilla's famous yellow-plum preserves that she keeps especially for ministers, and pound cake and layer cake, and biscuits as aforesaid;..."

L. M. Montgomery, "Anne of Green Gables"

"For all my days,
Seasons shall bloom
In memory..."

Eileen Soper

The garden is opening her pods and dropping her seeds into the earth for renewal.  There is, however, one tenacious little flower that refuses to give up.  Each morning a burst of bright purple and blue continues it's climb over the sparse stems of the waning garden, sitting in the sun and giving all who care to look, a lesson in carrying on.

And as the tiny flutterbys and busy bees continue to dart from one remaining drop of sweetness to another...

...Mother Nature is on the verge of a costume change...

...This just might be her 'Sunday Best'....Judy

I sharing all these pretty pumpkins with:


  1. Those morning glories are still so beautiful. We have had frost here and the flowers are done. Love your fall vignettes.

  2. Judy,
    Loving all of your Fall decor!! The pic with the leaf garland around your gingerbread door made my heart skip a beat!! SOOOOO Pretty!!


  3. Hi Judy,Such a lovely post,Oh I do LOVE this time of year...The weather is the same here,bright days,cooler nights ,changing scenes,SO beautiful.Youve such pretty pieces for Autumn I LOVE all of your decorating.Bless those cute morning glories,still adding a little splash of colour,I've a clematis the same colour still going strong in the garden :-)Happy Wednesday,hugs,Love JulieXxXx

  4. Hi Judy, it's such a beautiful time of the year. Your post is lovely with so many Fall accents. Love your quotes too! Happy Wednesday.

  5. Hi Judy,
    what a wonderful post. Lovely thoughts, beautiful pictures, and wonderful pumpkins and Fall decor.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to share!!


  6. Dear Judy,
    Its all looking so lovely. The Americans decorate their homes so beautifully. Yours looks so inviting.
    love your table decorations and the teapots.
    Your photos of the leaves changing of the trees down the road.
    I think you will be getting Autumn earlier than us.
    Its still very very hot here.. a little cooler in the evening, like yourselves, but so hot. Today i had the aircon on.
    Your party menu sounds delightful.
    Happy days Judy. (Tilson)- derives from my name Tilston.. once upon a time.
    val xxx

  7. Hi Judy!!
    Oh it's always such a treat to visit your wonderful blog, what lovely pictures your home looks absolutely lovely, I really do love the pumpkin teapot!! I too love Autumn, the leaves are just starting to change here, and Mia, Baby Boy & I went for a long walk last Sunday and really enjoyed displaying our leaves and nature found in the woods. Thank you very much as usual for your lovely comments on my blog posts lately, always much appreciated, i'm sorry i've been a little slack in leaving comments lately, but life is slowing down a little now so hopefully I will have more time to visit my favourite blogs such as yours :) Hope you're having a lovely week xx

  8. What a lovely post. The white teapot is adorable and the morning glories are just that: glorious! Visiting from Ivy and Elephants.

  9. I just love the pumpkin places you have. It's nice to go out and pick a pumpkin that you like and take home. Just as your Christmas tree farms, lol.
    Fall is my favorite time of the year actually and I must say I love your fall pictures. Cosy, warm colors that are going right to my heart.
    Hope you have a nice day my friend. Sorry I'm a lazy visitor now adays.
    Love Elzie

  10. What a beautiful post Judy!! Linda

  11. Your home is so pretty. I like your fall decor! I want to decorate this weekend.

    Linking from Debbidoos,
    Ricki Jill

  12. Your fallness is lovely. I am working on my front porch this weekend.

  13. Everything is so pretty! I'd say you're ready for Fall. I really love how you did your front door too.

  14. Beautiful photos of all the signs of Fall. Love this time of year.
    Mary Alice

  15. Great post Mom!!!! Reminds me of a time that seems was only yesterday, the pumpkins were bigger than Jake was!!! The cottage looks to be dressed in her Autumn best!! LOVE YOU!!! Tami :)

  16. This is such a pretty post Judy. Your photos are simply gorgeous. I do love the fall...I think it is my favorite! have a wonderful weekend my friend!

  17. Hi Judy, I have just joined your blog having hopped over from Hearts and Bluebells, Thea's lovely blog. Your blog is gorgeous and I really loved the autumnal theme of this post.

  18. Such pretty fall photos! I'm your newest follower :)

  19. Love the many faces of fall. Beautiful post. No, the girl in the wedding photos was not my daughter, but very much like one. My husband and I have been youth leaders in our church and we've had many go through our lives. These two make us proud and are such great examples for others to follow.

  20. Like you I just love fall! Your home is dressed to the nines for the season!
    dee dee

  21. Beautiful photos- and your touches of Fall are wonderful. Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!


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