Having lived in the Northeast all my life, I will admit to taking for granted, at times, the beauty of Autumn we experience every year. Now that I’m in New England and armed with my camera more often than not, it’s hard to ignore. Nor should I.
If winter is mother nature’s solemn, thoughtful child, spring her adventurous one, and summer her creative progeny, then autumn is surely her bold, rambunctious child. Always looking for attention, shouting ‘look at me, look at me’, and rightfully so.
As you may know, we live in a fairly remote area, where everything but for a small general store and a couple of not so great restaurants is at least 30 minutes away. A trip to the grocery store is a half day affair. That’s the bad news.
The good news is the drive to most places is downright meditative, so I thought you might like to accompany me on my recent sojourn.
As you leave and return to our community, this is what you see:
Just up the street, as you turn toward the main road that takes you to your destination, stands this lovingly restored home that was built in the 1700’s. For a couple of years it was languishing while it was on the market, but the new owners took great pains in restoring it back to its former glory. The outside has been impeccably done, and while it was being restored I caught a quick glimpse of the kitchen and it looked like they were keeping the authenticity of the home alive.
Across the street sits a sweet church (not functioning because they have no heat) and this gorgeous site!
So now we’re heading down the mountain. (Most of these photos were taken while I was in the car. Good thing I had a clean windshield!).
Now we’re on the main road, where endless, vibrant hues greet you at every turn. Sit back and enjoy!
There are two kinds of cemeteries along the drive…old and really, really old. The best kind :).
For this next photo, I drove up a small hill to a cemetery I’ve always wanted to visit. This is the view the departed enjoy.
Once again, back on the main road, heading towards town.
After picking up some groceries, I headed back home up the mountain.
Two days later I had an appointment on the other side of town in the opposite direction. As you can see, it’s equally as lovely.
Autumn’s beauty is like a perfect rose…stunningly beautiful, yet fleeting. How are the colors where you live? It’s past peak now, with as many leaves on the ground as the trees.
In other news…
I mentioned in my last post that we drove to Mt. Greylock with Sarissa & Josh, only to have zero visibility due to the weather.
On Tuesday we experienced record temps of the low 80’s, and we decided to try again on our own. At nearly 3,500 feet, it’s the highest elevation in the Berkshires, and this is the view from the top. Although it was a gorgeous day, some clouds seemed to interfere with the visibility and it wasn’t as vibrant as expected.
This cutie seemed to have disagreed with me. When she wasn’t being fed treats, she was enthralled with the view.
We’ve checked a few things off our list from the Project Wish List post in addition to painting the kitchen wall which I’ll share with you next time (nothing too exciting, but this post is already photo heavy so I’m holding off). I’ll also share some more pretty photos from our apple picking day with Sarissa & Josh. It’s fun to see such city slickers in the country!
If you enjoy Fall foliage, you won’t want to miss last year’s post when we visited Vermont during peak season. The colors were beyond amazing! Just click on the link here or below in the ‘featured’ posts section. (If you’re new here, you’ll notice in that post ‘househoneys’ was the watermark. That was the name of my blog before I changed it this past spring. I’m no longer watermarking my photos).
EDITED TO ADD: We no longer live in New England as of September, 2017, but now reside in the sunny, coastal area of Wilmington, NC and love it! Yes, for sure we will miss the glorious colors of Autumn, but everything in life is a trade off and this was one we were happy to make.