11.10.2008

One Fall Weekend

Last year I said that Fall was one of the prettiest and long lasting that I ever remembered but now I am thinking this year is even better. The color on the trees has been spectacular. Just thought today I would take you around CedarHill just to see what's going on. Walk with Bobby G, Ben and I and lets see what's happening. Whoops.....first there's work to be done. Where's the rakes?



Forget that raking stuff.....let's just blow 'em away. :)


This little tree was given to us by Bobby G.'s Mom shortly after we moved here. It was no more than a 12" stick. And look at it now. It's a red maple and when the leaves turn red and the sun is behind it it looks like it's glowing. (T. P. --I sent you some of these leaves.) It's a nice reminder of his Mom since she is no longer with us.


Because of the chill in the air in the early mornings, when we wake up each morning there is a mist over the lake. Bobby G. says it's the lake turning over. I call it ethereal.


But as the sun comes out and the mist disappears it's a glorious sight.


As the sun goes down in the late afternoon I love to hear the honking geese as they fly over the lake in that beautiful V formation.


Walking up the lane we see Maggie, Lacy and Bama. They see us and wait, knowing peppermint treats are sure to be in our coat pockets.


The tractors are mowing the hay for the last time this year.


This land is 10 acres above our land and someone has recently bought it. I dread the day they put a house on it.



This is Bobby G.'s idea of country humor. My cat is almost 18 yrs. old and rarely leaves the house. She does have an attitude however and would never abide another cat living here.

HA! HA! and this is our idea of an attack dog. He is really fierce. NOT! He's a great big teddy bear. Everybody knows goldens are just big ol' party dogs. Here he lays patiently waiting for me to move on from my long photo sessions.


And you know my weekend would not be complete without a little treasure hunt. Look at this fabulous old cottagey hat I found for the boutique.....I was crazy about the aqua flowers. So cute for display or all the wonderful craft projects going on out there.

I have had broccoli soup on the brain (not literally) for some time. So I finally made some this weekend. I pulled out this recipe book my sister gave me 20 yrs. ago. The cookbook was written by a transplanted Virginian. There is tons of history in the book which really makes it a fun read. And I love the recipes from a hundred years ago.


The soup turned out great and I just served it with melted cheese sandwiches. I recommend however if your recipe calls for whipping cream don't use fat free like I did. It was good but I missed that richer flavor.



Well, that was our weekend. How was yours? Oh and one other thing happened that I thought was rather cool. I was pulling the dead potato vines out that I had growing in a large urn and they had sweet potatoes on the roots. I was so surprised. I am going to replant them next Spring and see what happens. I hope you all have a great week.

39 comments :

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Lovely pictures and story to go along with them!

Tara said...

Hi Lynn

Feels like I just spent some down time in a peaceful place and stopped for lunch at the end! Hee-hee! Whata anice post!

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

The one thing I've had too much of around here is trees. Have had to cull many out. But I so want a red maple! I saw in a gardening magazine recently that some were appropriate for large containers, so I am considering that. I hope you realize how beautiful your property is. I think I would have to blink every morning twice to remind myself it wasn't all a dream.
Brenda

M.Kate said...

Hi ya Lynn, what beautiful images. The problem with our 365 summer is we will never experience all the different weather, nature and seasons. Love that maple tree, such vibrant colour! Hope you have a blessed week :D big hugs!!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Such great fall colors; I envy your beautiful views! The red maple is spectacular.

Judy said...

I loved the walk. You live in such a beautiful place. I learned about the lowfat cream too. It just does not pay to try to be good sometimes.

Tamara Jansen said...

First of all, don't you just LOVE the way guys deal with yard work? There's just something about power tools that they find irresistable!

In regards to the fat free instead of the whipped cream......what were you thinking? Nothing can substitute whipped cream, nothing.

You only live once so just go for it :)

Dana and Daisy said...

your place is sooo gorgeous Lynn!

I know you like vintage things... you can see a small glimpse of my ornament collection on my post today.

I hope to take some good pics of them this year. I have some in mind I have always wanted to take, but just haven't made it a priority.

Have a lovely day at Cedar Hill!

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

Hey Lynn,
Cedar Hill is a beautiful and such a peaceful place...that soup looks delish too, perfect after your wonderful walk!
xoxo,
Queenie

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

What beautiful pictures and all topped off with a warm and cozy bowl of soup, now that sounds like a good weekend to me!

Hugs,
Dena

Rue said...

Hi Lynn :)

It's beautiful there! Those signs are too funny LOL

Have a great week!
hugs,
rue

Jenny S said...

Did you eat the sweet potatoes? Or is that what you are planting next year?

Lisa said...

Cedar Hill is breathtaking Lynn! I so miss the fall color displays as they aren't nearly as spectacular here. The maple is divine, I have a similar one growing in a container on my deck and I love it so. Unfortunately mine is already bare after too many freezing days and nights.

What an amazing view to enjoy in your own back yard! I'm jealous, can ya tell?

I have been on a soup kick lately, Prince is demanding to know when he gets "real food". HA!

Back Through Time said...

You are so lucky to live in such beautiful surroundings!! I love any trees or bushes with the red. Looks like you have been having a wonderful time and yummy soup too!
Hugs,
Michelle

Dawnie said...

I loved the lake pictures and of course the animals. The perfect life and place to live!

I love homemade soup and have had quite a bit this fall already. Might be time to make Baked French Onion!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Looks a piece of heaven there. And I love your precious "gaurd dog". : )
M.L.

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Louise said...

Having lived in the desert for 6 years, I have forgotten how leaves completely cover everything. I can't even imagine cleaning all that up, though I can imagine some nice piles to jump into!

Cedar Hill is beautiful. So calm and peaceful. Maybe the inevitable house will be on the other edge of the property.

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

that water view is spectacular! It reminds me of my parents home in the Northern Neck!
I love the tour.....your sweet dog waiting......the horses....all just wonderful! I love fall!

Cape Cod Memories said...

What a beautiful site you have outside your door, Lynn! The mist on the lake is fabulous! And the horses coming to great you... so sweet! I could have used that leaf blower today... I raked and raked till my bones wouldn't let me rake any longer (should have asked my boys to help - silly me)!

Susie Q said...

Oh Lynn...these photos are just so beautiful. I so enjoyed each one and all the story that went with it!

Love,
Sue

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Ahhhh, what warm, comforting and inviting pictures Lynn! Makes me feel so happy :) You live in a paradise!

Love ya,
Amy

Jillian said...

Great photos! It has been spectacular here, too. Pretty pretty pretty. And I don't even like fall.

CIELO said...

What an amazing view.... I always dream of one day having a back porch view as beautiful as that... you're one lucky gal!

cielo

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Lynn, your fall photos are breathtaking and the story is wonderful.

The soup looks good. I'm making my first pot of chili of the season, tomorrow. Feels like chilly chili weather, here.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

The soup looks delish Lynn. I love grilled cheese too. Enjoyed your pics also.

Sandi McBride said...

Lynn this is your best post ever...it's so, I don't know, I think inviting might be the word I'm looking for. I had slow down and take in all the lovely views and I adore that big old Teddy Bear retriever...gosh, this was so nice...
hugs
Sandi

Sharon said...

What a beautiful tour, I forgot how glorious Fall can be just a little further North. The soup tops off the day.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

What a lovely stroll ..... your home is so picture perfect...... you have horse friend too.... you are so right golden are the party dogs... lol
HUgs
Linda

cityfarmer said...

Now this is my kind of picture tour.

Happy fall to you dear one.

Dee Light said...

What a wondeful view!! Thanks for showing me around. There are so many wonderful colors of Fall,but I loved the red tree the best. My daughter and her friend pulled up my potato vines a few weeks ago, they had so much fun finding the potatos left behind.

ceekay said...

So beautiful and peaceful. Enjoy!

Amber said...

What a gorgeous property you are blessed with, Lynn! That red maple is stunning. Love the "fire" of the tree and "mist" of the lake...great balance. Ben and the horses are just too adorable! My Golden Zoe and my daughter Annie would be in Seventh Heaven at your place!

Ballerina Girl said...

What a beautiful place to live!
I think the aqua green of the hat is just so pretty...
yummy looking soup too!
Thanks for sharing!
BG

CatHerder said...

Great pics..love the horsies and the kitty kat sign...oh those leaves..im sick of raking, but the more it rains, the more they come down!

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Lynn, what great fall pictures and that soup looks really yummy. Your Guard dog cracked me up!
Love, Ann

mrsjones6 said...

You have such a beautiful home! Oh the time you must spend outdoors just taking it all in! Is your springtime just as marvelous as the autumn?
While I am a city girl at heart, I have really enjoyed our move into the country that we made this summer.
Have a great week,
Jen

antigoni said...

Great colours of nature! Excellent post!

Andrea said...

What a beautiful walk...thanks for letting me tag along :o)

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