Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Crisp Fall Days

We are full swing into fall here... with very crispy and cool mornings spiced up with lovely and warm days, and after a hot summer, the cool weather is refreshing!


A rather unique cloud formation I thought! Like an arrow shooting through the sky...


Sally... a.k.a. Sal is a rooster.  He was the last chick hatched out this spring, and is the newest kid on the block... and since Pepper has taken up where his father left off... poor Sal is often on the outside looking in.  He is so skittish and won't let me get close to him at all.


Goldie has turned out to be a remarkable mother.. and now, she is back broody again.  I've given her some eggs to sit on.  I know it is late in the year, but since she is such a great mother, I guess we will let nature have its course.  I've learned that it is better to work with their nature, then to try to change it.


The chickadees are chirping gladly as they visit our feeder.  Always a delight to have such sweet guests!



Singing a cheerful song and I was glad to listen to the spontaneous concert!


These roses showed up via UPS from ProFlowers... sent by a dear friend of mine RH (thank you dear friend, you really brightened my day!) ... just in time for my birthday... yes, it is *that* time of year again!  I'm a year older, and hopefully wiser {smiles}|...

My family celebrated by taking me out to dinner at a local Mexican restaurant... where I forgot to get a picture lol!  Can you believe it?!  My son treated all of us to dinner there, and it was a very special time for all of us.  How nice it is to have the "tables turned" when our precious kids are blessing us on special days!



A group of my friends gathered at a local restaurant a few days after my birthday to share breakfast together. My dear friend SL treated all of us, which was so sweet of  her!  How blessed I am to have such a wonderful group of friends.   It is always time of sweet fellowship for all of us.  Expressions of family and friends in need of prayer were made, and at the end of our gathering, we each prayed for these needs, and there was a beautiful presence of the Lord with us as we prayed.  In fact, the waitress came over and just talked to us for quite a while, and said amen when we finished.  It was a lovely time to be able to share and pray freely about the Lord in this family oriented restaurant, and of course, enjoy good food too!


Flowers still blooming in September... you can't go wrong with geraniums here!  They don't mind frosts, and will probably continue blooming until the snow flies...


Amazingly, 'ole Sal (as we affectionately call him now) has not crowed yet.  I wonder if it is a dominance thing.  He certainly has been procreating though, so he is doing part of his job as a rooster.  So far, he and Pepper get along quite amicably.  I'm thankful for that!


I pulled up all my corn stalks, and decorated my garden gate with them.  The corn stalks also provide a snack for the chickens as they meander into my garden.  I have opened up the garden for them now since everything except cold weather veggies have been pulled up.


The harvest moon that came up this past week.  I didn't get my tripod out to steady the picture so it is a bit fuzzy, but it was enjoyable to watch it come up.


After a rainy Saturday, the most glorious sunset happened... beautiful hues of pinks spread across the sky ...


I never, ever tire of our sunsets here!


It was a frosty foggy fall morning, and was about 35 degrees outside when I took this picture.


An old log fence just down the road from us... all decked out in bright colors from the shrubs announcing the arrival of fall.


Yellow, gold and red hues... beautiful moments of fall.


I want to plant some of these trees in our driveway!  Just down the road from us, these gorgeous trees line the neighbors driveway... gorgeous aren't they!


Brittle yellow hued ferns... like a candle shining its brightest before flickering out, these ferns put on the brightest show before fading for the season.


Wild elderberries growing at the edge of the river.


Mountain ash berries growing in abundance... they will provide a source of food for many animals and birds in preparation for the winter.


A little seating area at the edge of the riverbank.


Oregon grapes growing prolifically... if you like sour... these berries are for you!  They are edible, but incredibly sour... I have baked with them and they make great jellies and jams


Another little sitting area along the river... a great place to sit and watch the wildlife.


This family of geese were still here...


A beautiful pair aren't they...


More sitting areas... this time of year would be perfect for a little picnic.


The glorious colors of fall! Is there any sight more glorious than this?


Finally... the last blooming wildflower of the season - daisies.  I found this one growing in our backyard, the last of the season.  When I see the daisies blooming, I know summer's end is near... and this brave little daisy is still blooming, how happy I was to find it.  I called my daughter over as she is currently enrolled in a drawing class, and so she used this little daisy for one of her projects.

And so the days are moving along... brisk, crisp, and gorgeous fall days.  I am enjoying each and every one... and praising the Lord for His everlasting goodness that I witness each day around me.  :)

36 comments:

  1. What an amazingly beautiful place you live!
    Thank you so much for sharing these pics with us.

    Fall hasn't quite come to us here in SE Georgia (it was 92 at 6pm),
    but as my Granddaddy used to say (about various and different things):
    It's a comin'!

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    1. Thank you Tammy! So happy to have you visit with me today, and I'm glad to meet you! Fall has come here in all its glory and winter isn't far away, lol! Appreciate your visit, it is always nice to make a new friend! Hugs to you today :)

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  2. Happy belated birthday! Beautiful photos! Fall hasn't quite come in full force here as it has in your area. Thanks for sharing the beautiful fall photos! ♥

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    1. Thanks Anne, it is always a blessing to have a visit from you! Fall is definitely here, and we are enjoying every minute of it. Hugs to you today :)

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  3. Hi,
    I really enjoyed what you shared regarding your friends and having the waitress come join you in prayer. So refreshing when I look at what the media is reporting tonight going on in our America.
    Thank you for the smiles.
    Carla

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    1. It was such an awesome experience! Always a joy to share the Lord in prayer with other like minded ladies. Hugs to you dear Carla, have a blessed day! :)

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  4. Such beautiful photos, as usual! So thankful God is blessing you, dear friend, and a belated happy birthday to you! May He bless you with many, many more. It is so precious that you have such dear friends who reach out to you and show their love and fellowship. So grateful you had that special time together! Sending you love and hugs!

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    1. Oh thank you dear Cheryl, it is such a joy to share the beauty of the Lord's creation here! And a blessing to have wonderful friends to fellowship with too, indeed I am blessed! Appreciate you and your precious friendship so much, and continue to keep your family in my prayers! Hugs and love to you today :)

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  5. Oh yeah ... fall's arrived in your neck of the woods for sure! We've still got a few warmish days going on here in New England, but it won't be long til we're grabbing our fleece as we head out the door.

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    1. Indeed, fall is here, no doubt about it! We are enjoying each lovely day, and it sounds as if you are too! Hugs to you today :)

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  6. Happy belated birthday, I'm so sorry I missed it. It sounds like you had an amazing time with your family. All your photos are gorgeous. Fall is such a beautiful time of year, I wish it lasted longer. The trees haven't changed much here yet but, spots of colour here and there. I'm hoping to go out and buy some pumpkins and gourds for decorating soon - can't wait.

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    1. Thanks Kelly, it was such a lovely birthday in so many ways! I agree, I do wish fall would last longer, it is one season that seems to fly by so quickly! We are expecting an early winter here, I think. So, I am enjoying the fall days as much as I can :)

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  7. I always love catching up with you and your girls...and boy! ;) I hope your birthday was wonderful and you seem pretty smart to me already! xoxo

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    1. A lot of fall around your place and it's gorgeous! Happy Belated Birthday, looks like you had a great time. Goldie and Sal made me smile, how nice it must be to watch these beautiful creatures God made!

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    2. Thanks Mary, we really do enjoy watching the chickens, they are quite entertaining, and always busy! Thank you for the birthday wishes, and trust you are having a lovely weekend :)

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    3. Thanks Kim! My birthday was very special indeed! Thanks as always for your sweet comments, they mean so much! Trust you are enjoying a lovely fall weekend :)

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  8. Your photos are awesome. I like your rooster "Sal". Thank you for your visit to my blog and your comments.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words Hazel, they mean so much! Sal is a darling, we all love him :) Hugs to you and wishes for a lovely weekend :)

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  9. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday. Oh my, your photos are so, so pretty. Happy, Happy Fall. Thank you also for your visits to my "little space" and for your kind words ... so heartwarming. ♥ Hugs

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    1. Thank you Teri, this fall weather is just beautiful, and I do hope that you get to experience a taste of fall soon! Appreciate you and your blog as well, always a blessing to visit you! Hugs to you today :)

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  10. Hi there, I always love seeing your yard. Your neighbors trees are glorious-I'm wondering if they are Maples-possibly silver or Autumn Blaze. Hope you have a fantastic Friday!
    Hugs, Noreen

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    1. Yes, I wonder what they are too. Maybe I should stop and find out! We have one maple planted in our backyard. I think we need more, and some in our front yard too. Appreciate your visit, as always, and trust that you are enjoying a lovely fall weekend :)

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  11. I love this time of year, especially how the air smells of change. A belated happy birthday, nice to be treated twice to celebrate.
    Luckily I can leave the chicken and rooster adventures to the farm nearby where I buy eggs.

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    1. You are so right about the change in how the air smells! The air is more crisp and clear! It won't be long, and we'll be seeing our breath all day long, lol! I know seasons don't last long (except maybe winter), so we are enjoying the lovely days as much as possible :) I understand about buying your eggs, it is a lot of work. Hugs to you today!

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  12. Happy Belated Birthday to you! Thank you for your visit to my blog and your kind words. I'm still pining for summer and have refused to light fires in the woodstove. The maples have yet to turn. I am however starting to think about soup. It was nice to hear from you. Ronda

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    1. I was pining for summer when the change first came, but now, I am enjoying fall to its fullest. The colors are so brilliant and amazing to see. I, like you, have been delaying turning on the heat (we have propane heat now, although we want to figure out a way to install wood heat somehow). I am just so thankful that you will have dry wood this winter! Soup - oh yes, it is now definitely soup time! I made gumbo this weekend, oh my, so heavenly! Hugs to you my friend :)

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  13. A belated Happy Birthday to you! It is wonderful to have friends and family to celebrate with. I really enjoyed all your beautiful fall photos. You live in a pretty area. Enjoy the weekend. Hugs. Pam

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes! It was such a blessed and sweet time! Thank you for your visit and sweet words, indeed we are blessed to live in such a beautiful place, but then... so do you! :) Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  14. Darling, precious friend of mine,
    you've caught so perfectly the charm of this period of the year which I love so so much, the sensitiveness of your soul has drove you to catch such stunning details, every shot is a work of art, thank you for sharing this post with us !

    Thanking you for it all and wishing you a Happy Belated Birthday,
    I'm sending blessings of joy on your weekend and on your Fall

    Xx Dany

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    1. What a precious dear heart you are, and always such a joy to have you visit! I appreciate your kind words, they mean so much to me, and it is wonderful that you are enjoying the pictures of this amazing world the Lord created for us to enjoy! Thank you for the sweet birthday wishes, and I do hope you are having a lovely fall, with special love and hugs sent your way!

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  15. HI Marilyn! I think it's a great wisdom to know you have to work with your chicken's inbred rhythms, instead of trying to force anything. The same can be said about people!
    I love the past harvest moon, it was very clear around here, so we saw it shine very brightly. I don't know how many farmers were plowing at night, but if they were, they got a lot of help.
    Love your photos, and your love of nature!
    Ceil

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment Ceil, I always appreciate it so much! You are right, I am learning that it is better to embrace the way nature handles things, than try to change it, and we will just see how that goes! Wasn't the harvest moon just beautiful! No, I don't know of any farmers plowing or harvesting that night, lol! Appreciate your visit, and trust that you are having a blessed and restful weekend :)

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  16. Oh Marilyn..don't you just love Autumn? :0) mari

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    1. Oh I do love autumn... it is such a beautiful time of year with the crisp air and brilliant colors! Hope that you are getting to enjoy fall too :) Hugs to you today!

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  17. Happy Belated Birthday my friend! How sweet of your son and your friends to make it such a special time for you. :) You are blessed indeed.

    You have such a gift for capturing the beauty around you both in words and pictures. It is a joy to come to your blog and be "filled".

    Be blessed and thank you!
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you dear Debbie, it is such a joy to have you visit, and even more to know that you enjoy the pictures I take to share the beauty of the Lord's creation. Appreciate your sweet birthday wishes, it was a very special time for me. Appreciate you, and pray you are blessed, and having a lovely restful fall weekend :)

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