Sunny Autumn Respite


                         Come on into our garden and enjoy a quiet respite on this warm  sunny afternoon.

                  I have a comfortable chair for you with a cup of hot organic apple cider. Relax and enjoy a peek through a nice magazine or just enjoy the beauty of the falling leaves.

                  An old birdhouse on the post that a squirrel has taken up residence.

                                               Autumn garden scenes this past week.

   Hope you  enjoyed a quiet autumn respite among the beauty of nature.

Today, I am joining Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness.

  I pray for safety of all in the path of Hurricane Sandy and for those who have already suffered loss and devastation. My heart goes out to all of you.

Take care,

Candles for Comfort

My kids are home from school today due to hurricane Sandy.
We are having a regular rainy day here but hopefully all around the east coast - everybody is doing well.
Yesterday we prepared for the storm by gathering all our flashlights and candles just in case we lose power.

Since I lit the candles I wanted to show you...
I cut twigs and holly leaves from our yard to place around the candles.
The cedar scented candle is wrapped in newspaper print tissue then
brushed with Mod Podge.
Stenciled Welcome in Sharpie (it is placed in the foyer).
Then wrapped in vine ribbon and thin twine.
A pretty, simple and natural display in case of an emergency.
Candles for Comfort.

Faded Glory

                                                                         Happy Weekend!
           Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far.  I planted about 200 more bulbs in the garden today-mostly tulips. I am still hoping to get some more next week and get them in the ground right away.
  Anyway,as I was walking through the garden planning for spring, I thought I should capture some of the beauty of the faded glory going on in the garden right now. I sure do love the different seasons as there is always change and something beautiful going on.
              You may be getting tired of my late blooming Monkshood but I love how it gives color right through to November. The virginia creeper on the porch is turning into it's fall colors too.
                           This Elmira rose puts on a great show in Late autumn as well.
     Still lovin' my somewhat faded annebelle hydrangea. They started blooming the first part of July this year and they still have charm. Can't get much better then that!

            Spirea,lilac and limelight hydrangea with frosted hosta's around the tree.
                          I looked out the upstair window and wanted to capture the light from a sunny autumn day and also how rapidly things change as the maple tree was at it's peak for autumn color just last week and already it is getting bare.
                                  Soon we will be taking in the lighter statues and garden ornaments ,benches etc.
         Some people think I would be sad to see the garden season end but for me there is still lots of beauty in all the' faded glory" and I by the time the garden season is completely over I am already planning for the Christmas season which I also love. Also, love the beauty of the garden under a nice cover of fresh snow. and before I know it those newly planted tulips will be poking through giving lots of promise of the beauty to come.I must be getting old because the seasons seem to go by so quickly for me.
                              This old door doesn't actually open into our house  but when we did some renovations several years ago this entrance was changed and rather then  take it out and shingle-I thought it would be nice to leave it and just not have a walkway up-just call me crazy! . I think of this as my old English doorway with the vines growing around it.! On the other side of the door there is a closet. Makes perfect sense to me!!!

      Well , I hope you see the beauty of the faded glory too or maybe you live in a climate where the spring bulbs are just poking through- either way enjoy!

                                                                      Take care,


Back In Black

I am a huge fan of black. Even my wedding was black, white and natural khaki - almost 20 years ago.
 My first sofa set was black.

My dishes and sheets were all black and white in the 90's.
So it is no surprise that a few things turned black around my house this week.
I will start here in the foyer with my table and mirror....
Notice how I hid the electrical outlet and lamp cords?
I can peak through that old window and see a large metal wall art piece-
not lamp cords.
Here you can see the front door handle set, garage door knob and the back door.
All, of which, got a black coat of paint.
Here's how:
I also spray on a final coat of acrylic clear spray to seal the paint.
And when I close the front door....
So much more updated and a lot more dramatic.
The front screen door is so useful.
I love having it for my kids who don't close doors....
even though it doesn't add a lot of character.
See the brass toe kick and handle?
Much better!
It looks great from the road, too. We have black shutters on the house to match. I gave the white trim around the door and side lights a nice fresh coat of bright white paint which makes a clean contrast with the new black door.
It looks so fresh.
When a dark, rich color is added to a room - the lighter colors and accents stand out that much brighter.

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Autumn Beauty


            I hope you are all enjoying these lovely Autumn days.   I have some Autumn beauty again, to share with you.  The house above is one I love in Charlottetown and it looks especially pretty in Autumn.
                                This is Beaconsfield in Charlottetown as well. At one time it was a nurse's residence but now it is a museum that is open to the public.
       A drive through the country one day last week made it hard to resist taking a few shots of some rual beauty.
                                                       Some Autumn vignettes from around home.
             The sun peaked out for awhile this afternoon so I captured a few shots in the garden.
             The virginia creeper is so pretty this year as we haven't had a really hard frost yet.
                                               These two cuties came down  for some Autumn shots on the weekend.

                                                        Love these colors!
        I am hoping this lovely Fall weather holds for awhile yet as we still have some outdoor projects to finish before the cold weather sets in.

Thank you for your visit,

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