The coolness of the mornings and the angle of the sun on my drive into work are both undeniable indicators that the long, hot days of summer are slowly moving on, making way for my favorite season – fall!
While I love the beauty and bounty from the gardens – and the harvest of tomatoes, cabbage, and potatoes are more than abundant this year – fall is still my favorite time of the year. I love the cool, crisp air, the vivid colors as the leaves change and fall to the ground, and visiting local apple orchards to enjoy the wide variety of apples and treats from the harvest.
Since most of the garden chores are either finished or can’t yet be done, I’ve been spending a great deal of my free time creating floral arrangements and bouquets with a paint brush. I’ve been having a great time finding unique items at garage sales or second hand shops and redecorating them to give them a new life.
This table was painted white, but a fresh coat of vintage green paint gives it a new look. Adding some flowers was fun and brings the garden indoors.
Recently I found a vintage child’s rocking chair and a doll-size rocking chair. I spent the afternoon painting them both to match. Sitting on the back patio with the summer breeze blowing the paint dry (sometimes a little too quickly) was very relaxing. Letting my imagination run wild, I imagined the little girl that might enjoy these matching chairs.
Our summer in Minnesota has been especially warm this year, and it is the first time in many years that I didn’t get a break from mowing the lawn at all. There’s been enough rain throughout the entire summer, that the grass has required a weekly mowing all season. The crop of water lettuce and water hyacinth in the pond is also very abundant.
Whether mowing the lawn, harvesting vegetables from the garden, or recreating the flower gardens with a paint brush, I’m spending as much of my free time outdoors as possible, before the cold days of winter blow in.