Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Early Autumn Yearnings




Can you feel Autumn knocking at the door?  Having a couple really cool days last weekend got me in the mood for Autumn days ahead.  Even though the humidity has returned, a few fall wreaths are arranged around our home and not just on the doors.






Autumn is my very favorite time of the year.  After the summer heat and humidity my Autumn soul is ready for a respite.






The leaves are falling from the old oak out front.  Probably from exhaustion as much as anything.  Most of our trees have a ways to go before we see the lovely changing of the leaves.  We need much cooler days and nights for that to occur.  I picked a few black gum leaves that always seem to be the first to show their color.  Lovely shades of orange and red leathery leaves are bought inside to fill the dough bowl with seasonal finds and dried hydrangea blossoms.




"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."
William Cullen Bryant






The dogwood berries are turning their lovely shades of red.  All to entice the squirrels that seem to enjoy them immensely.  The birds will have their chance to enjoy a few as well.  Watching nature through the years reminds me that they know when seasons are changing.  It also tells me they know when a storm is brewing.  Very few birds are busy in our garden today.  Maybe they are seeking shelter where the winds will not harm them.  I hope if you are in the path of the storms that are coming you are prepared as best you can. 


  
The morning glory has yet to bloom and now I believe it probably won't!



Most of you reading share my love of dishes and today Grayden and I put the Old Britain Castle dishes in the china cabinet and put the Friendly Village dishes in the cabinet in the kitchen for daily use.  The Hearts and Flower dishes are stored in the server.





The change of seasons gets me in a nesting mood.  I realize there are more important issues in our lives, but these little things make me happy. 




My home is where I can be creative.  I'm so thankful to have a roof over my head and food to eat and many, many blessings.  My home and family are my joys! ♥












36 comments:

  1. Lovely photos, Martha Ellen. And your basket of fruit matches the Victoria cover so well! You are getting me in the mood to start decorating for Autumn early. I usually wait until the autumnal equinox. The sun finally made an appearance this afternoon after an absence of several days. I hope you don't get inundated this weekend by the remnants of Florence!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. When Victoria came in the mail yesterday I put the magazine down on the table and was surprised how well they look alike. During the cooler days of the weekend it felt like fall to me! The storm will be to our south and I pray those folks will be okay. I saw on the news tonight that your area has endured flooding. I hope the rains don't affect you too badly. ♥

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  2. Martha Ellen, your bowl filled with oranges and cloves made my heart sing, as my sister used to do this as well, and when I walked into her kitchen, it had the wonderful smell of spices. What a lovely post this is, and Autumn is my favorite season too. You have many nice floral arrangements around your home - did you make them yourself? The red dishes in your cabinet look very nice. And I love those little figurines on your window sill. The butterfly even shows the colors of Autumn. Enjoy your cozy home, Martha Ellen, and the Victoria magazine. Love that magazine too. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri, I bought the fruit arrangement many years ago in Williamsburg. The colors really speak of the beauty of Autumn. I hope Autumn is showing her first signs to you. ♥

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  3. Sometimes puttering in the house is just the thing and especially when the weather news is so rotten We have had a return to heat and humidity just when I thought it was over, too. Rats!

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    1. Vee, I knew when we had cooler days it wouldn't last--rats is right! Hopefully for you that will change soon, much sooner than us. ♥

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  4. Your home looks so cozy and welcoming for autumn! We have begun decorating our home as well, and my, how it adds such a homey charm and touch...something that only autumn can do. This post was such a refreshment to my evening...thank you for sharing such beauty, as you always do ♥

    Grace and peace to you!

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    1. Elizabeth what sweet, kind words you have sent my way. Thank you. I hope you share your Autumnal touches soon. ♥

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  5. Autumn Bliss! Autumn in your home and garden are just perfect, and you have shared some beautiful photos. Our weather, of late, has been very Autumnal in the worst sense with a cold, damp, wet, and windy fortnight, but the last two days have been those perfect Autumn days I love, and long for, so much; those days when you can simply smell Autumn in the air, and everything glows in mellow Autumn light. However, I am ready for an Indian Summer in October.

    Stay safe, my friend, in the coming days of Florence!

    From one Autumnophile to another
    ~~~Waving~~~from Across the Pond~~~Deb in Wales xoxo

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    1. Deb, I love the picture you paint of the perfect Autumn days. Hopefully we both can look forward to many of those days ahead and then an Indian Summer for October.
      The storm is far to our south. We are expecting winds and rain, but nothing like the force that our neighbors will endure.
      Enjoy your Autumn day, my friend. ♥

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  6. Like you I am ever thankful for a roof over my head and food aplenty. We are indeed blessed. It as a joy to have a glimpse of your beautiful home and admire your seasonal decor. Hope this terrible storm is not coming your way.

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    1. Thank you, Lorraine. The storm is to our south and we pray our neighbors will be okay. ♥

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  7. Thank You for such an uplifting post Martha Ellen:)

    So lovely to see the pretty touches you have added
    to your home to bring you Joy.

    It's good to appreciate our Blessings.

    Autumn feels like it is here, temperatures have dropped
    and it's much colder especially at night.

    I will make some soup today it is a day for soup.


    Hope you are having a good week x💙

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    1. Fiona I can't wait for soup days as it is one of my favorite meals to make. So tasty and nourishing to our bodies and souls. Enjoy your week and I hope to learn about the soup you are making! xo ♥

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  8. I loved this post, my friend. I'm also bringing out my Fall wreath on the door, laying a sunflower tablecloth on the table and enjoying the cooler weather. I'm with you on loving china and dishes, I enjoyed seeing yours in your cabinet and on the side table. Have a cozy week in your lovely home! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Thanks Teresa for your kind words. Your sunflower tablecloth sounds perfect for the upcoming days of Autumn. I hope to see it on your posts! Our humidity is crazy high today and hopefully that will moderate soon. Have a nice weekend, my friend. ♥

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  9. Cooler temperatures here and your lovely post have combined to put me in the mood for all things fall. Of course, we must wait a bit longer, but signs of fall are popping up everywhere. Our black gums are already sporting lots of brilliantly colored leaves, also. I love your dishes!

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    1. Heat and humidity are still around our home, Chip Butter. It's nice to hear you are enjoying cooler temperatures. We'll both be looking for more signs of fall. Thanks for your sweet comments. ♥

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  10. I've been fluffing or nesting too -- something to do while we wait for Florence. Its still hot and humid though today there is the storm preview breeze that so far is just lovely and feels a little like fall. I have those castle dishes but gave away my Johnson Old mill dishes which are similar to your Friendly Village. I especially liked using them in the fall for the colors. I remember when we got married I picked out the Old Mill and my friend picked out Friendly Village, which has remained popular through the years. Old Mill not so much.

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    1. Dotsie, I love all the old Johnson Brothers patterns! The Old Mill pattern is lovely.
      Thinking of you as Florence approaches. Take care, my friend. ♥

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  11. I wonder if there's anyone who doesn't like autumn. Of course it would be better if it weren't followed by winter, but... The dishes are so pretty, and I love the little Beatrix Potter figures! Such wonderful glimpses of autumn around your house, Martha Ellen. xo

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    1. Judy, my mother-in-law disliked Autumn. She said everything was dying and it made her sad. Maybe knowing winter was coming had something to do with it as well. Thanks for visiting today. xo ♥

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  12. What a lovely blog post, Martha Ellen! Thinking especially of you as Florence makes her way up the coast with heavy rains predicted inland! Perhaps I will have motivation to change out my dishes, too, though currently it isn't feeling too much like fall. xoxo Nellie

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    1. Thank you, dear Nellie for your kind thoughts. I pray that you stay safe as Florence makes her way toward inland as well. Hopefully both of our temperatures will begin to feel like Autumn as we approach the equinox. xoxo ♥

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  13. I love that quote Autumn, the year’s, last loveliest smile! I’m getting the autumn bug and want to start putting things out but I’m resisting. I brought up my fall tubs but haven’t put things out yet. I love autumn it’s just that the next step is winter so I always hate rushing. I like that bowl of fruit- did you put your own cinnamon into the oranges? Love the dishes in the china cabinet.

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    1. Liz, I bought the dried oranges studded with cloves years ago in Williamburg. I store them from year to year and they are lasting. Years ago I made my own, but they molded in storage! I think most of my friends to the north don't look forward to Autumn as winter comes close on its heels.

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  14. I love this time of the year. I love your post and your decorative touches around your home. The china is beautiful! Your garden is very pretty too and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Thanks so much Martha Ellen:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise. Autumn comes just at a time when we need it. Stay safe and cozy today. We are getting a little rain and very little wind in the moment. ♥

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  15. Autumn is such a beautiful time of year and I welcome it.
    I love your dishes. Time for me to get rid of odds and ends dishes and just have two sets.
    Love your dining room and I am getting the urge to paint mine a red color. Love it!
    betsy

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    1. Betsy, I adore color and we've had this paint color in our dining room, living room, and hallway for many years. It makes us happy. I hope the rain and winds are sparing you and your area today. ♥

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  16. Autumn is my favorite season too. Your decorations are beautiful.

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    1. We have a lot to look forward to, Dee. Thank you for visiting today. ♥

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  17. We have warm temperatures here in Colorado, but Autumn color has arrived in the high elevations.

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    1. I imagine it's lovely to watch the colors march down the mountains, Pat! ♥

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  18. It is true, our home and family are most special and so joyful …

    All the best Jan

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    1. All the best to you, Jan! Thanks for stopping by my little corner. ♥

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