slideshow: a few glimpses of fiery fall

hillside-chairsI FEEL ANCHORED TO THE LAPTOP, TUCKED INSIDE WRITING madly to meet the book deadline I’ve assigned myself. But even a prisoner deserves a walk in the prison yard now and again, right? And so out I went, for a few minutes here and there the last week, and here’s the evidence:

Truth be told, I also went out to mow for hours at a time, though I haven’t mastered taking photos of myself doing that yet as proof.  And then there were the last big pots to haul into the cellar during that freakish snow last Wednesday, but trust me: You don’t want to see how I looked that day. Ugh. Instead I tried to capture a few of the better moments.

Start the slideshow by clicking on the first thumbnail, then toggle between slides using the arrow beside the captions. Enjoy.

  1. Charlotte Cantrell says:

    Awww…BEAUTIFUL ! I miss the Fall colors here in Florida. When I was little I lived in Tennessee. I remember all the colors, and the snow. I miss it.

  2. Amy says:

    Thank you for the stunning photographs!! We had snow in CT Thursday and flurries yesterday — feeling the winter blues creeping in much too early. Being cheated out of June and October in the same year is just too much.

  3. denden8148 says:

    where do you get your pavers? are they flagstone, fieldstone or shale? one of my next spring’s projects is to make a ‘meander’ path on the south side of my house.
    dennis r
    lagrangeville, ny
    zone 5

  4. Johanna says:

    Wonderful photos! I remember being fascinated with Chinese lanterns as a child. My dad always had them. And the apple tree is magnificent, what presence!

    We’re having mid-60s here in SW Michigan, unfortunately many of the trees sped through their color with all the cold the first three weeks of autumn. The grass is sure green, however. More mowing!

  5. Tammy says:

    So happy you let yourself out for a little while, especially since we get to enjoy these beautiful photos. :) We had beautiful fall weather here this weekend. A reprieve after weeks of endless rain. :)

  6. Michelle says:

    That old apple tree is amazing! Thanks for sharing your fall colors. We don’t get a lot of color around here, although the cottonwoods and sycamores down by the Carmel River turn a brilliant yellow round about December.

  7. Bobster says:

    Nice to hear you got just a little bit of a break in! The slideshow is beautiful. And the massive apple tree out back is just captivating with it’s sculptural arms stretching and arching this way and that. Going through the slideshow, I kept picking favorite shots only realizing at the end that choosing just one wasn’t possible.

    And your new slate table top…early for the very first unseasonably bright, warm day next spring!

  8. Brian G. says:

    Great views, good luck finishing your book. This is the first year my Aconitum has bloomed in earnest and I am surprised by one, how late in the season it is blooming and two, how shockingly blue it is. The bed is by the barn which is at least two hundred feet from the house yet I can see it clearly from the kitchen window. That blue pops like a patch of sky.

  9. lucia says:

    I’m just over the state line in CT. My aconitum has little buds, but no blooms. I thought with the frost I’d count it out for this year. But if yours is going strong, maybe,maybe……. or wait til next year. I agree with Amy, above. No June, no October. Waaaaaah.

  10. monica says:

    Margaret, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful world! I’m fairly new to your blog and have had so much fun peeking into your garden. Love the chairs on your lawn … sorta adirondack like, but much cooler. Can you tell me where you got them?

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Monica. The chairs are made for me by a carpenter friend, from the pattern sold by the gardens of Wave Hill in NYC. You can get the pattern here. We heavied up on all the lumber for more stability and comfort. I made them from cedar, and painted them (obviously) but even in their original form and other woods they are great-looking.

  11. Jayne says:

    Such beautiful photographs! Just bringing in my amarylis and awaiting some heavy frosts in order to dig the dahlia tubers. Awaiting one more shipment of garlic and then I will plant. Living just a bit SOuth of you, gives me a litle more time to be lazy about the clean up!

  12. lisa mertins says:

    oh margaret, i’m a first time visitor, coming in via andre’s site – a fan from msl and so happy to have found you here. lovely photos from a pouting southern californian desperate for some real fall!

  13. kayellen says:

    What a lovely and peaceful setting:)
    I just spent time in my garden taking a break too!
    Also a little puttering around…planting,weeding and adding some colorful pumpkins.


    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Kayellen. Thank you for the smiles and the nice imagery of you puttering. I hope to see you here soon again…now out to steal a putter myself on this beautiful Indian-summer type day.

  14. Ted says:

    Congrats on getting some of those abandoned projects done. My boyfriend and I made a list of ours just the other day. I hope to make a little dent this weekend.

    The paving looks great and that is a slate top is beautiful!

    One of our projects is to prep an annoying patch of lawn that I hate mowing. Next year it will be a garden bed.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Linda, and thank you for the nice words. We may have room for a few good weeders who also bring their own lawn mowers… :) See you soon again, I hope.

  15. Bill says:

    I know you’ve mentioned your book in the past, but I can’t recall now what you are writing about–assuming gardening of course–but I mean what is the inspiration behind the book and when will we get a chance to read it?

  16. Beth Sylvest says:

    Hi Margaret, this is the first message I have left for you. I just read your musings on writing your book and the feelings of being lost at a specific time of your life. I am writing a book about the generations of women in my life and how I have also felt lost so many times. I was very touched by what you said and feel that most women can connect to you through similar feelings, while basking in your gorgeous gardens. Nature soothes us. Thanks for sharing about your book.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Beth. Thank you for sharing in return, and speaking to the universality of these feelings. Sometimes we can each feel a little adrift but in fact the water’s full of bobbing comrades (like you!). :) See you soon again, I hope, and I look forward to hearing more about your writing.

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