The front entry to our home has been “fall-ified.” …. My word for spiffed up for autumn!
This house has no front porch, just a covered enclosure two stories high.
You can slightly see the huge window above the door in this shot. The sunlight streams through the glass on glorious fall days and the foyer is filled with light until late afternoon.
I love our burgundy painted door- it fits in quite well with the colors of the season- so I just added to it by hanging a large basket filled with faux flowers. The front of our house faces east and receives sun all day long, so why would I even consider placing real flowers in there? And a good number of you know that my brown thumb could easily hasten their demise along. So faux flowers and greenery it is…..
The green hydrangeas provide a nice, full backdrop to the colorful assortment of flowers. There are even a few wispy grasses poking out from the basket.
To the left of the door are the tall ceramic urns that the husband gave me for Christmas last year. They’re actually candleholders and the light flickers so subtly through all those little holes. I purchased some kale with the intentions of putting together a planter, but that just never happened. Instead, I “planted” them on the stoop on both sides of the door next to some gorgeous mums. I started out with the lone white pumpkin then added the gourds you see in the photo below.
I believe that the kale needs a little water this morning…. Told you this area received direct sun all day! These plants received a big drink of water just last evening.
The intricate veining in the kale leaves is so interesting.
On the right side of the door is a smaller leafed kale, more gourds, and an over-sized twig acorn..
Most of the trees in our neighborhood are still green and lush with leaves, but that will soon change, since our nights are getting colder. The sprinklers had just started running when I went outside this morning. Gee, I wish the lawn could stay this way all winter!
I am calling this “Crossed Steams of Water” – similar to the crossed streams of energy in “Ghostbusters.” I loved the theme song from the movie and it has been playing over and over in my head since I saw the water this morning.
I just love this time of year! I know it’s a precursor to winter, so I want to savor it as much as I can. I’m so glad our backyard renovation was completed in time to enjoy it in this glorious Indian summer weather. The fire-pit is really getting a work-out! Last night we came home from dinner with friends and went down to the lower patio with them for a few hours. I had already laid a fire, so all I had to do was light it.
It was magical!
I don’t think our friend,Tim, was too sure if my fire was going to be a good one. He thought there was too much kindling and not enough logs. I explained that my method was to initially get some hot coals going, then to add some really large wood pieces. Much to his surprise, the fire burned hot and bright until 2:00 in the morning! Yup, I was up that late! We didn’t even get home from the restaurant until 10 and our friends left about 1. The husband went inside to watch the Ohio State/Nebraska game that I had recorded for him, while I stayed outside and was kept mesmerized by the fire. After a few head nods, I realized that I really should go in. Thank goodness the coals were dying down by then. I doused them with a little water, created a nice steam bath for my face, then went inside for a shower. As much as I enjoy a fire, I didn’t want to get into bed smelling like smoke!
I’ve yet to take some good shots of the yard at night. I’m still trying to play with the new camera. But quite frankly, I’ve also forgotten to even take the camera outside with us. Guess those bottles of red wine might have me a little distracted….
Hope you’re enjoying fall as much as I am!
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