Friday, October 28, 2016

Fading glory









Autumn, even a weirdly warm one like we've been having, is simply my favorite. I find myself drawn to the yard just as much as in springtime, only instead of watching the plants grow and bloom, now I watch them dry and decay. I think this end of the process is just as beautiful; some colors become more nuanced, while surprising new colors appear - my scarlet roses fade to burgundy, my puce-pink geraniums deepen to lavender and plum.

Inside, apples and mini pumpkins adorn my dining room sideboard and my living room coffee table, bright, seasonal food as decoration. There are no more flowers to bring inside but bright fruits and vegetables are just as pretty, I think. Soon, I'll buy cheap bunches in the grocery store - mums, carnations, alstroemeria - but right now, with all this swan-song splendor outside, warty little squashes and blemished homegrown apples are all the indoor color I need.

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Thank you for your comments about our refinished front doors. I wanted to wait a bit before taking a full-view photo of them, to be sure we were really finished, but here they are. We're very happy with them. The color is really pretty and they look so shiny and smooth. I have to admit that I was really apprehensive about doing this job ourselves, and they aren't perfect, but I think we did alright for first-time door-rehabbers.

I hope you have a good weekend! We've got the usual here - music lessons, housework, yardwork, homework - but we plan to carve pumpkins and we've got costume prep to do. Happy Halloween!

26 comments:

  1. I agree that the fruits and veggies of the fall make beautiful decorations. they make good bread and desserts too!

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  2. I enjoyed seeing your garden in it's current state.. it's all a part of the big picture of the whole year, isn't it. I enjoyed looking around my garden this afternoon, too. Our huge pin oak is flaming red. Enjoy your weekend.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  3. I love your title for this post, and agree with you on the beauty of those fading flowers. Your doors are gorgeous!

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  4. Beautiful doors and I so enjoy seeing all the autumn glory.....spring here xo

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  5. Yes, Autumn does have glory, doesn't it. Our huge wild cherry tree has more and more golden leaves. Thanks for showing us some of the glory around you, and I can not find any fault in your door refurbishing. They really look great! Happy Weekend! xx

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  6. Autumn is pretty up here in Washington. I had no idea until I began reading your blog that your state changes with the seasons too. Since I've never been to the southwest I guess I Thought it was always warm/hot there! You have taught me a lot Jennifer.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. The fading is beautiful isn't it. You've made a fantastic job of your doors, they're very grand, a lovely entranceway. I hope you and yours have a lovely weekend. CJ xx

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  8. Enjoy your Halloween. Loving your Autumn pictures. I love the faded glory of it all too. B x

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  9. I've bought a loads of little pumpkins and squashes too, as a table decoration. Then when I'm bored of them I'll turn them into soup. It's win - win! Your garden looks beautiful in its fading glory. Our is in a shocking state but I just haven't had time to tackle it. I really must plant some bulbs soon. Xx

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  10. Your doors look great, Jennifer, as does your choice of fruit and veg decor for the autumn! :o)

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  11. I think one of the most beautiful flowers to see fade is the hydrangea. It can be a bit in your face in the height of summer but come autumn, the muted shades are just beautiful. Your doors look great, you've done a good job with them.

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  12. Your doors look wonderful, so rich, warm and welcoming. I agree the colours of the veggies and berries are perfect decorations at this time of year. Happy Halloween, have a great weekend.

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  13. Happy Halloween to you too, although I must admit we don't bother much. You did a great job with the doors, they look great. I love to have fruit and veg on the surfaces this time of year too, adding to the splendour of the season.

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  14. You did a great job of capturing the fading glory of autumn in pictures, Jennifer. I do hope the weather turns cooler for you soon so you can enjoy that nip in the air that usually goes along with the changing colours. Your door looks beautiful!

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  15. Happy Halloween Jennifer I hope you and your lovely family have a lot of fun. Your photos are lovely as always the fading colours of Autumn are so beautiful. :) xx

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  16. Your photographs capture the season so beautifully Jennifer, and I agree that autumn is as lovely as summer in its own way. To be honest I like all the seasons and find beauty in them all x

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  17. Hi Jennifer,

    Lovely tribute to the beauty and feeling of Autumn! Like you, I enjoy filling the house only with Mother Nature's knick knacks every season when decorating. Fall's oranges only really complement one room in our home, and for that reason we call it the Autumn Room.

    Happy Halloween!
    Poppy

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  18. I am quite jealous of your doors. They are incredible.
    Love your fall photos.

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  19. Your neck of the woods is very beautiful and you have done a fabulous job of the doors... I have really enjoyed visiting your blog. It's amazing how we can share things with people all over the world these days.

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  20. Your neck of the woods is very beautiful and you have done a fabulous job of the doors... I have really enjoyed visiting your blog. It's amazing how we can share things with people all over the world these days.

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  21. Hope your weekend was a good one and you all had fun carving your pumpkins. Your description of your fading garden was so beautiful xx

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  22. Your pictures are so beautiful, especially the one with the berries. The one after the little pumpkins. Makes me homesick.

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  23. Your doors are very impressive, so opulent looking. Autumn yard jobs here too before the frost comes and makes everything slimy... but slowly does it. Jo x

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  24. those doors look just wonderful! and not a flaw to be seen!!! I love this season too... I must go for a walk tomorrow again! It's such a beautiful time of year! love your posts, as always!!!

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  25. your doors are beautiful!
    well done on doing them yourselves
    thanx for sharing

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