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fall around the farmhouse

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald -

It's that magical time of year in New England.... fall
As I wrote in my last post, fall is a three-month ceremony of change and beauty.  It's more than a season, it is a spiritual ritual.
I've been taking photographs to share with you for a while and have compiled them together for this post.
This is the magic that is fall around the farmhouse.....

The sun setting as seen from the front porch.

The stone beehives at the entrance.

The antique stonewall along the road.

The kitchen dining table with its jarrahdale pumpkin and miniature white pumpkins on the mantel.
  There is so much color and beauty outside I like the interiors to be very simple this time of year.

Menu board from last Sunday's lunch with friends!

The front porch.

The front porch with fall pillow covers.
(a "favorite detail" of mine is to use down-filled pillow forms in all pillows on the three covered porches- it always feels so luxurious to sit in an exterior chair with a down pillow!  (and yes, they hold up/weather beautifully.... well, maybe not if you're in Houston or Baton Rouge :):)

View down the drive.

The front meadow.

Sweet Ella with her always-wagging tail!

This is our largest and oldest antique maple tree on the property.  It is at the entrance from the road and it will sometimes "weep" from the hole in the tree seen in this photo.  It always reminds me of the spigot in the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" (remember that scene?!) as it never did this before we started tending and gardening the beds and grass around it!

The drive up to the front door.

"Little Red" that was Dan's birthday present last year wasn't pleasing the groundskeeper (aka Dan) and was traded in for the much bigger Ferris that has a larger cutting width (61" instead of 48") and has a triple bag grass (and leaf;) catcher on the back.  The groundskeeper is very happy with new "Big Red!"

The lighting and colors were spectacular on this day!

Inside looking out....

You walk into the rooms of the farmhouse and they just glow!

View from the upstairs guest room.

View from the master bedroom.

In this photo you see a ladybug on the window sill.  Fall is also "ladybug season." ;)  They make their way into the house in droves and hide in the cracks and mouldings through the winter. Try as you might, there is not a thing you can do to prevent this so one just welcomes them as "good luck!"

View from the upstairs master bedroom porch.

View from the upstairs porch to the terrace.  The Nantucket Blue hydrangeas have turned pink, as they do in fall, but are still blooming away!  They've been amazing all summer.

You can see all the large (7-1/2' to 9' tall) evergreens that we planted in late summer in this photo towards the front meadow. 

Distant view to the hillside beyond.

The setting sun....

Hope you're still here (?), and hope your fall has been magical too!


Fall in New Hampshire 2014

How are you?!  It has been a fabulous fall this year.  The colors have been brilliant and the weather wonderful!
Fall in New Hampshire is a three-month ceremony of constant change and beauty.  The light changes, the temperatures change, the smell of the air changes, the trees change, activities change from maintenance and upkeep in the yard to preparing physically and, more importantly, mentally for winter.
Fall is more than a season here, it is a spiritual ritual.  

I'm working on a post to show you fall at the farmhouse this year, but until then I wanted to pop in and say hello, and share some photos taken at peak around Mount Monadnock.

I posted this recipe several years ago, but since many of you are new (and not all of you have read back through the entire blog, like so many of you "crazy-wonderful" peeps who tell me you just read the whole thing :) I thought I would share it again.  
Do yourself a favor and make these!  They are sooooo good and taste like the essence of fall!
Pumpkin Cranberry Nut Bread/Muffins
Recipe HERE

So good to see you again!


HAVE A FEEL !!!! ……….

October has been Breast Cancer Awareness month for quite a few years now but, this year, I haven't heard so much about it, so I thought that I give everyone a gentle reminder  { men as well as women } to get them out and have a little rummage around just to make sure that all's well in that area !!

Just popped that one in to remind the men { …. and as a memory training course for me !!!! }

image 1: via pinterest Mario Testino, image 2: via crush cul de sac, image 3: via daily mail, image 4: via elephant journal, image 5: via night tattoo, image 6: via dustjacket attic, image 7: via soulstratum, image 8: via the star 



Our By Invitation task this month is to share our thoughts on a piece of clothing that we know will serve us in good 
stead this Autumn.

Here is mine ….. 

It's my All Saints Nia coat.
 Autumn/Winter is my time, fashion wise. I LOVE coats, jackets and boots so, I'm in my element as soon as Autumn sets in and set in it has !! There's not much to say about my coat apart from how much I love it  …… shallow, I know, but there you are. I love the handkerchief hem and all of that pleating. Alexander McQueen had a similar one in his collection but was a great deal more expensive and I like mine more !!!!

….. and, finally, last years picture of me in my pork pie hat that always comes out at this time of year !!

For more Autumn fashion inspiration, please visit Marsha to be transported to all of the By Invitation contributors.


image 1: via barbara hulaniki design, images 2, 6 & 8: via what if winter is not a place outside, images 3, 4 & 5: via google, image 7: via me !

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