Autumn in New England is special, and I don’t take it for granted. Not for a minute.
People come from all over to experience the beauty that is Autumn here in New England, and why wouldn’t they? If there is anything more spectacular, I have yet to see it.
On my way to the gym, (at least twice a week. You didn’t think my Beyonce-like body was come by naturally, did you?) I pass this property and have been crushing on it. I posted this picture on Facebook October 4th, and four weeks later I noticed a ‘For Sale By Owner’ sign. Serendipity perhaps? I think not. Fisherman would rather lose an appendage then give up…
this. Where he spends a great deal of time on his boat, weather permitting. Can’t say I blame him.
I dug this next picture up from the archives from a few years ago. Looks like it might have been around September, as the leaves are just beginning to turn.
(When my daughter saw the picture of that property on Facebook, she said it looks like the kind of place where someone would drag her into the barn and murder her. If I didn’t know better, I’d think she was left on our doorstep.)
Vistas like this are commonplace around here.
A few days ago we went to the Smith College Chrysanthemum Show. I took lots of pics, but here’s one of my favorites. Completely unedited except for the watermark. Isn’t it gorgeous??
This Japanese Maple was located on the property of the college, just outside the greenhouse. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one quite this vibrant. These are such fabulous specimen trees, and it looks like this one has been around a while.
Now for the ‘tidbits’…
Last month Susan Branch was having a book signing at a library and a friend and I went. The library is housed in a beautiful, old, historic building, the likes of which you rarely see anymore. I think it might have been a bank at one time. Nowadays, banks are utilitarian boxes with as much character as a zit.
(Excuse the blurry picture por favor. I take no ‘credit’ for this one.)
I have my own special greeting from Susan! How cool is that!?
I didn’t get her book while I was there, but I picked it up this past weekend at a small, family run book store. Just like the beautiful buildings of days past, it’s getting harder and harder to find businesses that haven’t succumbed to the onslaught of the horrendous big box stores.
We took the grandkids to The Springfield Museums a few weeks ago. It’s a cluster of museums in one spot that truly has something for everyone. I learned that Springfield is where the automobile was invented, and that Dr. Seus grew up there. Here’s Maddox striking a pose in the Dr. Seus sculpture garden.
There was an aquarium in one of the museums and I couldn’t resist the colors and textures of this display.
We later went to a Halloween Event at Forest Park in Springfield and he wore a police uniform. That’s where we saw the ‘creature’ I showed you in this post (it’s actually a turtle!).
Do you get the feeling he likes having his picture taken? He looks so angelic in this picture…if only. 😉
The next day we went for a walk, looking for ‘big leaves’.
And just in case you missed it the first time…
In other news…
We’ve got some projects in the works. I’m hoping to add some crown molding to the tops of our kitchen cabinets. Last week, some trees were cut down and I’m thinking about using some slabs for a walkway, and maybe some smaller ones for plate chargers. Next week I’m going to a fundraiser that will be showcasing about 30 tablescapes for the holidays. I’ll be sure to share that with you!