Tomorrow is the actual start of fall.
Throughout the next few weeks,
I would like to invite you all to visualize
a grand tour through the Cottage, decked out in full autumn dress.
Starting with the entry and moving into the parlor,
we will try to show you how
we plan to enjoy the season
and hope you feel welcomed.
All of the warmth without the heat,
and it has never been more
happily anticipated than this year.
While it is well known that
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year,
in my opinion,
Autumn is the most beautiful.
The colors, the scents, the all around feelings
after a long hot summer
are what elevates autumn
on the seasonal ladder.
2020 was a very hard year,
that was what we all heard and knew.
We couldn't help but have hope
that the following year would be better.
As it turns out though,
2021 is becoming worse
and for me
it is as if there will be no end in sight
unless drastic measures are taken.
I have come to the conclusion
that I could spend
a good part of a very long time
confined to my sweet Cottage...
...and I say this,
not as a complaint, but as a fact.
I am very fortunate to have
a home that I love
and, like squirrels foraging for the winter,
I am digging in to find that space
of contentment, comfort and warmth
that will sustain me
for as long as is needed.
In the entry
autumn colors come front and center.
A faux garland of leaves twines around the mirror,
while a branch of the real thing takes center stage on the Eastlake dresser.
I found this branch
growing in the front garden
almost totally hidden by the camellia bush.
Maybe that little squirrel you saw earlier
planted the tiny acorn
that he was carrying.
Sometime in the years to come,
I would not be surprised to see
the Cottage situated in the midst of
giant oaks or walnut trees!
Also included in the vignette,
by my mom many years ago,
a pear which I fashioned out of a lightbulb,
an old pumpkin
that has seen many seasons
with the glued parts to prove it,
with no thoughts
we bought this pretty lamp
We had a modern house at home
that we were trying to bring
but when we eventually did move and found our real Victorian Cottage,
it was shoved into the back of a cupboard because the color wasn't just right.
Today, I have brought it back to its roots
and it becomes a
At this time of year
and how it lends to the overall feel
I hope you enjoyed the start of
the Autumn Cottage
and that you are enjoying
beautiful fall weather
wherever you are.
May you be tucked in comfortably
and feel in awe of the season.
Have a wonderful week.
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