Wednesday, October 3, 2012

It isn't autumn till...???

There is so much happening outside these days. It seems to change hourly and, every day, I've been having to adjust the blog post that's been forming in my mind. At this point, I can't keep up - Autumn is in full swing and is unbelievably beautiful! So, if you don't mind.... ;-) I'd love to share a bit of what I saw this past week, as the season shifted from summer into fall.

The wild aster has been prolific, this year - making for beautiful and wispy swaths in the hedgerows outside and pretty bouquets inside.

It's just so hard to believe that it was only a week ago that we hayed our field. Usually, this is a summer occupation and is done on the most brutally hot days of August but, this year, it was quite late. Perhaps, this is part of the reason that, only a week ago, it still felt like summer - although you can see that the woods had started tinging yellow.

On the morning that the picture of the haying was taken, we looked out the window to see the first frost - white on the winnowed rows of cut grass.  Happily, though, it wasn't down in the garden or around the house. Usually, the full moon brings a frost but, this time, it was cloudy and raining - hiding the harvest moon from us and keeping the frost at bay. So, we still have tomatoes and herbs growing and the flowers are still spluttering along.

...and, 'mom' and 'great grandma' (aka, Tom's mom and his grandmother), up the hill, 'next door' - who are bird feeders extraordinaire - have, now, surpassed themselves. They've welcomed Canada Geese, hummingbirds, ducks, deer and all manner of songbirds who all make pilgrimages to these generous women but....

Every morning, since August, a flock of about sixteen or seventeen turkeys has made its way across our field to go and have breakfast at mom's feeders. Even though we see them all the time - way off in the fields -  these crafty birds are extremely suspicious and it's hard to get even this near. (Unless, of course, you come upon a whole, long, non-stop row of them crossing the road. Then, one just has to settle in and enjoy the comic show of one after the other popping out of the bushes.) It's just simply very fun to see them this closely every morning - they've become part of our morning routine! Then, to top it all off, there is one turkey who loves to come down and peer at the dogs through the fence!!! It's the funniest thing!

The three daffy noodles...

...and, one last thing...

I think that another reason that it still seemed like summer a week ago is because of the drought. Even though the weather had been chilly... without those September rains, it doesn't feel like the season has broken or changed. But, happily, Tom (fearless leader) took the scout troop camping and sure as sure can be - when the scouts go camping - we get rain! (Honestly!!! They could have saved my garden a hundred times over if they had just gotten out a few more times, this year!)

You think I'm joking, don't you!?! HA!

So, Tom and Lliam and David went off to camp overnight and it poured rain and I felt that this called for a heart (and bone) warming casserole to come back to. (Avert your eyes if you're a vegetarian because...) I made a Connecticut-style Cassoulet - made with pork, smoked sausage and chicken. It's just one of those extremely fun and homey things to cook. It takes all day and I just love the simmering pot of ribs, herbs and beans.

My dining room table is still temporarily taken over with my latest photographic venture - selling prints; so, we cozied into the warm kitchen - my parents had just arrived from California for their annual, three week, autumnal visit and we tucked in to the cheery meal while the rain still came down in buckets outside....

(The bouquet from the night before - picked from my vegetable and herb boxes - glowing on the windowsill....)

...and, for the most part, it's raining still....

Cozy autumn is upon us!!!



  1. Thank you for this lovely post Katy! My days have been so hectic as of late and reading your post and enjoying your wonderful photos made me instantly relax and be taken away to another place - and a most beautiful one at that!

  2. It's not autumn until I pay a visit to your blog!

    Hi, sweet pea! I have missed you and blogging so much, and this is one reason I want to get back. Loved this post. Loved it all from those noodle heads, as you call them, to the flowers to the PETA casserole (People Eating Tasty Animals). LOL!

    Love you! Happy Fall!



  3. Hello Katy

    Your post is so alive and full of Autumn glory. Your flower arranging skills are so creative. Have you had training in this art?
    Your casserole looks delicious and what a table setting. The story of the turkey had me smiling and particularly the stray one that likes to keep the dogs in their place!!


  4. You have made a cozy image of Autumn at your house-from the cooking to the beautiful flower arrangement.
    Enjoy these beautiful days!


  5. What an absolutely lovely post, Katy. Oh, your photos are splendorous! Table setting is lovely, too.

    That's wonderful your parents come every fall for three weeks. What a blessing.

    Have fun and thanks for sharing. Susan

  6. Hello Katy:
    The Atlantic and thousands of miles may separate us, as of course they do, but a post such as this one does, we feel, bring us very much together for the way in which, through words and wonderful images, you have shared a treasured piece of your life, your home, your garden and the marvellous countryside with which you are surrounded. Thank you so much.

  7. Yes autumn is arrived here too is colder and wetter.....i do like the colors but i really am a spring / summer from

  8. Oh holy he'll, you are so lucky to be near these incredibly beautiful places.

    This part of the world is stunning. Your hydrangeas are beautiful, I have three huge bushes in my garden. I make bouquets by creating a ball of them and dotting them with white roses. I also dry them.

    Lovely blog and outstanding photography :)

    Hamilton x

  9. Hey! How did I miss this post? I wish the fall weather would last longer. It is so short. Oh to have the power to control the seasons huh?

    Wishing you a perfect October Katy!
    xo Catherine

  10. Oh my...this year I seem to be fixated on the looming winter. Your resets my default to see and appreciate autumn.

    And you really do have a thing for purples, don't you!

    See you Thursday for girl time. :o)