Sunday, October 30, 2011

Front Porch Halloween Ready

At the last antique show of the season a vender had these great sap buckets. I picked up a few knowing they would look great on the front porch in a fall display. I feel like I have finally gotten into fall just ahead of the snow getting ready to fly.

I originally had some beautiful purple kale in the large sap bucket but my gardening nemesis, the deer ate them all. Now it is holding up a bird house.

A witch's bouquet is in one of the other sap buckets.

The porch is ready for our trick or treaters!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Dipped Picks

While Andrea ran over to the Green Market in NYC to pick up some naturally sweet apples, I was oh so bad!!! I stopped by our favorite sweet treat store, Kilwin's and ogled their carmel apples! Just look at these beauties.....

Don't they look yummy!!!

I picked out one so perfect it deserved it's own pink pedestal.

What is your favorite fall treat????

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall Picks

When I was younger and still living in Michigan I spent my fall seasons frequenting pumpkin patches, apple orchards and ciders mills. As did most people living in the Midwest, and I would imagine across the country in non-urban areas.  Hot cider, sugared donuts, prize-winning size pumpkins and burnt brown cornstalks were some of my favorite things to search for while wrapped up in sweaters and puffy vests.  

Instead of driving out to an off-the-beaten-path field with mud and tree-lined rows, I now walk just a few short blocks East to the Green Market in Union Square where some of my favorite fall fixtures are still ready for the picking...just from the basket instead of the tree. Here are few pictures from a recent sunny autumn day:

Apple crisps are in these puppies futures.

Baby pumpkins for baby apartments.


Happy picking!

Linking to this week:

Debbie's Newbie Party
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Sunsets

It is interesting how the Fall changes the light and position of the sunsets and moves more southwest. At the height of the summer, the sun does not set until almost 10:00, now it sets around 7:00, so sad. But as promised, Charlevoix's fall sunset ....

This is my favorite picture, don't you think it should be a postcard?

You can see the stars starting to come out.... 

Linking to this week:
Nick of Time Tuesday
Share the Joy Thursday
Good Life Wednesday
Watery Wednesday
Time Travel Thursday
Potpourri Friday

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Surfs Up in Charlevoix and Sunset

After a weekend of rain, it is partially cloudy with temperatures in the low 40's and very windy - so the surf is up on Lake Michigan. Yes, this is Lake Michigan and not one of the coasts. We like it better; no salt, no sharks. Or as we like to say, Lake Michigan: unsalted! Ok I will admit the water temperature is in the 50's, so maybe the coasts have us on that one, but not on beauty!

I've had visitors of this beach ask me what is on the other side of the lake, and I tell them: Chicago.  They will often looked puzzled and say, no really what is over there? Really Chicago. This is a huge lake.  It is the fifth largest lake in the world. Chicago is about 118 miles (190 km) across the water, as the seagull flies. 

He is getting ready for take off to Chicago!

Shifting sands.

Another brave soul out in the wind and cold.

The wind was really whipping, those are four foot piles of sand covering the stairs down to the beach.

This was definitely a swim-at-your-own-risk day!

Oh the sunset pictures, they are so pretty they really deserve their own post. They may be the most beautiful fall sunset pictures I have ever taken, so stay tuned for later this week........

We are linking to this week:
Newbie Monday
Wow Us Wednesday
Outdoor Wednesday

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