Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bringing Autumn Indoors

Our little family adores a local pumpkin patch that resides on an island. Annually, we make our way to the opposite end of town to this quiet farming community, where we enjoy a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, picking pumpkins, visiting the livestock, climbing on hay bales, and shopping in their local store for fruits and veggies straight from the garden.

This year's first attempt was on a perfect fall day ... temps in the low 60s and a clear blue sky. As is par for the course in a region that rains a lot ... everyone had decided to make the same trip. As we sat in traffic, and watched the little cars off in the distance inching their way across the two-lane bridge and down the two-lane road leading to the pumpkin patch, we realized it was probably time to turn around. We had been in the car for nearly an hour, and estimated an additional two hours to inch our way there.

The following weekend, plans were made once again ... and, this time, it poured ... and poured! Sure, there would be no crowds ... but it wasn't really the experience we were going for.

Maybe we'll have a successful trip this coming weekend ... or maybe not! I'm learning to 'go with the flow' a bit more these days.

In the mean time, we've brought autumn inside the house.

My sweet friend, Kelli, owns a wonderful Real Deals on Home Decor store. She was having a sale; and, we, being small business owners ourselves, had to go support our fellow small business owner!

Look at the gorgeous pumpkins we found. And, those beautiful oak leaves. The turning colors of the leaves are my favorite part of autumn outdoors ... why not bring them inside (without the mess once they turn crispy and crumble all over the floor!).

And, how can you resist children's art ... doesn't it just make you smile?

Do you decorate your indoors for autumn or Halloween?


Kelly Polark said...

I love those gorgeous pumpkins on the bottom right!
We usually go all out for Halloween, but just have a few simple pumpkins this year.
I hope you can make it to the pumpkin patch again, Kelly!
Oh, and I love your family photo on the left. Precious!

Kelly H-Y said...

Thanks Kelly!!

Roxy said...

I love Halloween! Not the creepy, scary aspect, but more like a celebration of autumn. Those decorations are beautiful, and I love pumpkins.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely pumpkin display! Hope you manage to enjoy the pumpkin patch this weekend. Good luck!

lotusgirl said...

We have some decorations up but not enough. It's so beautiful outside. All those colors.

Sarah Laurence said...

I live for those perfect fall days. What a talented little artist you have residing in your house!

TBM said...

I really like those pumpkins! Such a great idea to bring the outdoors in :-)

C.R. Evers said...

I love the pictures. I like to decorate, but these days I don't have much energy for changing out the holiday decor. So my decorating is sparse.

Great post!

Joanna Jenkins said...

The pumpkins are fabulous!
So sorry about the rain. Hope it dries up for Trick or Treating.
Cheers, jj

CC said...

The last time I was at that farm (2 years ago), it took 2 hours to get off the island! Ugh!!!!