This is Linus, or Lucy. . .or Lucky. Found a good place to curl up after the apples were emptied from the bushel basket to make cider.
Have a safe and happy Halloween weekend!
Though I know there have been a lot of photos of pretty fall leaves out there lately, I had to share mine, especially now that most of them have been blown off the trees in the wind storm.
Just standing on the ground looking up does not capture how beautiful and tall these trees are.
These are all at the farm and are old and majestic. There are places for seventeen people to swing at one time, if they wanted. We have spent countless hours swinging. Some of them are good for climbing too. Every time we get a big wind storm like yesterday, I think of those trees standing strong, hoping none of them topple.
Had to photograph this Burning Bush too.
These came from the one of the very few garage sales I went to this summer. Really, I love a good garage sale but this year I maybe went to five, and then I didn’t buy anything at most of those. But I went to a sale at this lady’s house a couple years ago and remembered coming away with another handful of treasures like those above, most having found new life in some project. And again these will be used in jewelry projects and on Christmas ornaments and packaging. And the little yellow Italian millefiore piece will probably be worn by me. All this was less than three dollars because I remember that was all I had with me. In the end, the lady just started adding pieces to my bag just to be rid of them. Happy, happy me!
Hold onto your hat today!
Thought I would share a collection of thrifted costume jewelry pieces I bought at the thrift store a few weeks ago so you could see the “before”, before I use them in various projects. The whole bag was less than three dollars. It included couple very cool pieces like the top hat and cane and the four leaf clover.
I will use them on some holiday gift packaging and Christmas ornaments, and a couple will be added to some necklaces I’ve been working on. Hopefully they will be available for my upcoming holiday open house and craft shows.
Think I snapped about 240 photos this past weekend at the farm. So many pretty things just beginning their show. And while I love a pretty flower garden, I have been drawn to the structural parts of the garden lately. The rustling grasses that were so lush and full all summer and stood by while the flowers got their attention, are now the focus.
When the sun shines just so, they are truly beautiful, golden and crackley in a gentle breeze.
And some of them have grown very, very tall. The grasses that is.
The branches of this bush-like tree is a natural trellis for fall gourds to grow up. We couldn’t really see that they were even there until the leaves began falling a couple weeks ago. When the gourds dry up we stomp them to release the seeds back into the ground to ensure more grow next year.
They hang like Christmas ornaments. Some are so high they can’t be reached. But that’s ok. They will become ornaments when the season changes.
This very heavy, bumply gourd (though it may be a squash) was not hanging in the tree. Now it is decorating the porch.
Happy, happy Wednesday!
(Ok M, how many super-speller words did I use today?)
Last Monday, Columbus Day, we went to the zoo, along with everyone else. And though I knew there would be a lot of other families with the same thought, being a holiday and a gorgeous fall day, it wasn’t epically crowded. The animals were particularly active too since it was quite comfortable for October.
Spent a lot of time saying hello to the camels. We really like camels.
But the giraffes were our favorite on this day. They are so beautiful and graceful.
Not afraid to come over and say hello before bending to take a nibble.
Oh, hello again.
The autumn grasses were just beautiful in the sunlight.
Of course we visited the new bear habitat. The polar bear jumped in the water for a cool-down and swam right up to the glass where P was standing, but of course that photo didn’t turn out. It was amazing though. After a visit to the veterinarian’s office in the Hamlin Children’s Zoo,
it was time for a ride on the merry-go-round. I think that is P’s favorite thing at the zoo. And we are very specific about the animal we ride. This time, a penguin and then a kangaroo.
It was a great day out.