Posts Tagged ‘Autumn’

I know I was watching, but it still feels as though Summer ended when I wasn’t looking in the right direction….

Recently, I was a guest blogger for a friend, Sue West (an Organizer and Life Coach) I talked about the changing seasons, and what they meant to me…

Growing up in a warmer climate, I never understood what seasonal decorating was. We didn’t even own coats, so to change our surroundings to suit the weather, was not something I could relate to. Now, I live in a four season world, and as well as the constant excuse to go shopping, I look forward to the surprises that each month can bring.

Soon, it will be Fall, and after the brutally hot Summer we have had, I find myself craving the cold nights and the warmer colors. A quick look outside will tell you that Mother Nature is starting to adjust her settings; the lush greens of Spring are giving way to fallen leaves, and the flowers are taller, their colors more saturated and bold. Always a good teacher, I take my cue from her, and I start to go through my own transformation.
  •  I tidy up the garden, and bring in plants that I want to nurture through till next year. I stop at farm markets to buy pumpkins and gourds; arranging them onto my front step, and piling them into the gaps of my faded windowbox.
  • Inside my home, I start to look through my linen closet for blankets to toss on the sofa and chairs. I am already anticipating the first cold night, and the mis-matched textures make me feel warmer already. A bowl of seashells is put away, and I bring out a large collection of buttons instead – collected over many years, they make me think of late night sewing and heavy, woolen coats that need to be repaired.
  • I also put away some decorative glass pieces, and replace them with accessories that feel less harsh, and more organic. A wooden bowl is filled with pinecones, a bunch of twigs is arranged on the table and a favorite photograph (sans frame) leans against a pile of books.

Whenever you want to decorate, think of the four seasons as a wonderful game of opposites. If it is cold outside, make your home warm by using soft edges, organic elements and saturated colors. Conversely, when it is hot, cool down with simple shapes, lighter colors and fewer layers.

Thanks to Vicki Horton for the gorgeous Volkswagen bug photograph. If you read my other work, you will know that I have ridiculously overused this photograph, but I just couldn’t help myself – I love it so! And, I may even use it again sometime…
For more information on Sue West, go to: http://organizenh.com/

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Don’t turn the heat up and the television on! Just because the days are cooling down, and the leaves are turning orange,  doesn’t mean we can’t play outside for a wee bit longer.

Plan a late Summer BBQ, or celebrate the cold weather with your very own, homemade Fall Festival. Make it easy and fun; decorate your garden with everything seasonal – pumpkins, hay bales, chrysanthemums and of course, piles of apples. Hang some of the apples from a tree (later on, turn it into a game; try to bite them, with your hands behind your back, of course).

Bring board games outside, bob for apples, go on a scavenger hunt, carve and decorate pumpkins. Toast marshmallows over a small fire pit, make s’mores and sit on blankets with hot cider and farm fresh apple donuts.

Why not explore some of the oversized garden games that are available. Consider making your own (eg. for Checkers use a plastic tablecloth and outdoor plastic paint to draw the squares – wooden discs or different colored stones could be used as playing pieces).

 I have one that I found online years ago ( left).  I love the unexpectedness of it as you turn a corner in my garden. When we aren’t playing with it, I have a large wrought iron ant that stands, poised to make the next move!

To buy garden games, or for ideas on making your own, go to:   http://www.lettucemakethyme.com/giant.htm

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