A Whirlwind Month or Two

The past month or so has been a blur of back to school, sports, meetings and such.  Sophie kind of sums it up.

I am not sure she is growing.  I finally loosened her collar just a hair but I think she’s only about a pound more than her 7 lb homecoming five months ago.  Hmmmm.

These pictures are terrible even for my low standards, but if you look carefully can you see the brass gallerie shelving?  I fell in love but then started to question this devotion.  Would it be difficult getting dishes up and over the bar?  Would I hit the bar?  Would I chip the plates?  Would I be too lazy and just not use that shelving because the up and over would just be too much?

This screenshot is here because I think I am the last Instagram user on this Earth who does not know how to extract a picture from Instagram save screen-shotting it.

Last week, a friend and I took a detour from a planned excursion to stop off at an estate sale in Centerville, De.  Look at these salad plates.  I am still thankful I registered for white china all those years ago.

These plates were the least exciting thing at this estate sale though.  There was a man in the middle of the sale napping on the floor, a room filled with live birds and a woman in the basement of this house readying herself for surgery?  She was in scrubs – head to toe.  You just can’t make this stuff up.

Earlier in the week I finally made it to Longwood to see the new fountains.  I didn’t take a single picture of the fountains but I did take a picture of this simple arrangement of pots on steps.  I have been meaning to do the same on our front steps and just haven’t invested the time or money.

 

This fountain isn’t new but is in one of my favorite parts of the gardens.  I thought the grouping of mums en masse and in a single color was so pretty!

And pumpkins in forms.  Isn’t it wonderful to find something that looks festive and does not need watering?!

This is a setup picture of a fundraiser I help out with each year benefitting our local park.  Learned something after I accidentally tipped the vase of water over on the far upper right table.  Just throw polyester tablecloths into a high-heat dryer and no ironing necessary.

 

And, a look ahead to Christmas. This garland is beautiful!  And, the gas lantern is tempting me as well.  I am not a fan of our current over-the-door lighting situation.  Maybe I will figure out 2nd-story wreaths this year.

 

An Autumn Refresh

The cooler air has moved in at last and this past week I did a bit of outdoor refreshing.  Each year the stoop is a bit different only because I cannot remember what I have done from one year to the next.  I did a bit of shopping in Lancaster County this year and found such pretty pumpkins.  The cantaloupe and gray are my favorites.

The mums were enormous and almost too heavy to lift into the car. I probably should have chosen an orange or deep red but I couldn’t resist the pink for the back steps.

The Osage Orange tree in my neck of the woods outdid itself this year and dropped oranges galore.  Trip #1 and I came home with just enough to fill two planters.  Trip #2 tomorrow so I can fill two more planters near the side door and a couple of bowls for inside the house as well.

Stopped off at a garden shop this morning Home and Garden Culture that I have driven past for 10 years.  Not once did I ever stop in thinking it was all whirlygigs and garden flags.  Boy was I wrong.  The place is amazing.

These finial planter boxes are at the top of my list.  They would replace the get-the-job-done boxes I have presently holding the topiary.  These suckers weigh a ton as they are metal and cost a small fortune.  Too bad for me as the rest of the inventory was very reasonably priced and mostly on sale.

I thought this pair was simple and pretty. 

There was so much more but I ran out of time.  They have a great website though and I am about to dive into it as one can never have too many concrete garden pots/urns!