Sunday Thoughts ~ “Over The River”

Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  We do make such a fuss, but it is a fuss which brings joy to many.   We fuss and celebrate because we are grateful.  And speaking of being grateful, I want to tell you how grateful I am for each and every one of you who reads my blog, takes a moment to comment, sends me a note, or shares my thoughts with others.  I may know you personally or our friendship may be virtual.  However it may be ~ truly, I am grateful for you, your kindness and support.  You mean a great deal to me.
                                           
I hope you will enjoy the journey, “Over the River” this morning.  Not to worry, the trip is short.
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Over the river, and through the wood, to Grandfather’s house we go; “

“the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow.”

“Over the river, and through the wood, 

to Grandfather’s house away!

We would not stop for doll or top,

for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.”

 

“Over the river, and through the wood ~

now Grandmother’s cap I spy!

Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?

Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!”

I hope “Over the River” has evoked wonderful childhood memories.  My mom would always sing this to me ~ she knew every word.  She would even sing it in the summertime when we would travel to Mississippi to visit my grandmother.  I have included a little information about the piece at the end of this post.  The poem was written in 1844, by Lydia Maria Child.  

Many of you may be traveling over rivers and mountains to be with loved ones this Thanksgiving.  I wish you a safe and beautiful journey.  And, as you gather with your family and friends around the table, pause for a moment to ~ “Hear blessings dropping their blossoms all around you.” ~ Rumi

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

 While we are counting our blessings, let us all be grateful for what I believe to be one of our sweetest.  And that is:  It doesn’t matter where we live or how old we become… 

“Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway Home.” ~ Wilbur D. Nesbit

 

 Wishing you and yours a Beautiful and Happy Thanksgiving,

filled with Blessings beyond measure.

 

Faire De Doux Souvenirs ( Make Sweet Memories)

 

Au Revoir,

Sandra

 

 

 

Note:  “Over the River and Through the Wood” was originally published in 1844 as a poem written by Lydia Maria Child. The poem was published in Child’s book of poems Flowers for ChildrenVolume 2, and was originally titled “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day.” In time, Child’s poem was set to music by an unknown composer, and over the years many children have grown up singing the song in school or community holiday programs.

Traditionally “Over the River and Through the Wood” is sung as a Thanksgiving song, in which the original lyrics say,Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!” rather than “Hurrah for Christmas Day!” Another lyrical change was that the original poem read “Grandfather’s house” rather than Grandmother’s house.” The original poem also contained 12 verses.

Images ~ (Via Tumblr) Unless otherwise stated, I do not claim ownership of these photos. These photos are the work of tremendously talented people and I simply compiled them for your enjoyment

 

 

 

 

 

“Stray Gifts”

“Pleasure is spread through the earth in stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.”~William Wordsworth

Good morning, dear friends.  Welcome to “Maison De Jardin,” I am so happy you are joining me this morning.  I hope you will find pleasure in the “stray gifts” I have claimed. Personally, I believe we are all in need of a bit of inspiration from time-to-time.  At least I am.  While something may not be my style preference or yours, I can always enjoy the beauty ~ beauty never fails to lift my spirits.  It makes my heart sing.   And there has been magnificent beauty in my view this past week.  So much so, I had to begin another post (you will see later).  So find your coffee or tea and let me show you some of these lovely things.  I hope they will make your heart sing also.  I will refrain from too much chatter and let the voice of marvelously talented souls and beautiful images, speak to you.  

“Architecture is frozen music.” ~ Goeth

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I wish I could tell you where this magnificent home or building is located, but that was not identified.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Do notice the cherubs, I have such a fondness for them.

“In every man’s heart, there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.” ~ Christopher Morley

Don’t you love fabulous staircases and gorgeous windows?  I found several, but these two I thought were standouts.

From imgfave.com

“Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture.” ~ Peter York

Speaking of chandeliers, here are a few lovelies to add a little sparkle in your morning.  Which one is your favorite?

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“It’s the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us.”~ Henry David Thoreau

It is one thing to see a beautiful room, but it is clearly another when the room is surrounded by beauty.  And it is yet another when we are totally captivated through our awareness of the beauty.

 

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“The presence and appreciation of beauty are central to the good life.”~ unknown

 

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Flowers are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark, somber skies blanket our thoughts.” ~Dodinsky

Should your heart be in need of a little sunshine ~ these beauties should make your day more beautiful.Image may contain: plant and flower

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“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.” ~ Rose G. Kingsley

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When in nature, often we walk alone, simply to savor every moment with few distractions other than those gifted, by Mother Nature.

“The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful.” ~  Einstein

And isn’t this the world we all desperately desire?  

For ourselves and the littlest among us.

LA FIN

I do hope you have enjoyed your visit this morning.

And, until we meet again ~

“May you have heaven in your heart, starlight in your soul, and angels all around you.” ~ Unknown

 

 

Au Revoir,

Sandra

 

Note:  Images ~ (Via Tumblr) Unless otherwise stated, I do not claim ownership of these photos. These photos are the work of tremendously talented people and I simply compiled them for your enjoyment.

Image,Architectural Digest Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Thoughts

“Let nothing come between you and the light.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  It is wonderful to see you. I do hope wherever you may be, you are seeing something you deem lovely.  Perhaps, light streaming through a window in your home, the way it is streaming through the windows of the beautiful Netley Abbey (photo aboveinformation about the Abbey is at the end of this post).  To me, the photo represents the beauty and peace ~ both important to our human well being.  

This week I came across the following thoughts from Katrine Stewart.  I wonder, have you ever heard the term “soul project?” I had not.  After reading her thoughts, I thought you may enjoy them also.

“Soul projects bring a smile to your face, light to your eyes, new energy to your heart, joy to all around you. Soul projects are like healing ointment on the sore places of your life.  Beethoven went for walks in the countryside. Golda Meir polished her silver teapot. Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, tended to her roses. Claude Monet gardened. Katharine Hepburn wrote her journal in bed with breakfast. Winston Churchill liked to paint. Einstein took long baths. Mendelssohn listened to the music of Bach. Mother Theresa listened to the silence of her soul.”

My take on  Ms. Stewart’s thoughts:  It is important for each of us to have something we enjoy doing.  I enjoy gardening, reading, cooking, writing this blog, and my list goes on.  But, I had never thought about these things which make my heart sing as “soul projects.” However, they are, and we all need one or more.  Because, in my opinion,  they calm us, clear our minds, and help us to recognize the beauty of compassion for ourselves, those we hold dear, and our fellow man.  Thereby, enabling us to see “the light.”

In closing on this November 11 morning, I ask you to take a moment to remember all our veterans and those currently serving in our military.

Good Evening ladies, thank you for the beautiful floral centerpieces. Tonight and Wednesday, let's pin POPPIES. Enjoy. The poppy is the symbol of remembrance.

  May we always remain forever grateful to them and their families for their sacrifices.

                                                                                             

 

Wishing you and yours a most beautiful day.

And, until we meet again ~ 

“May you have heaven in your heart, starlight in your soul, and angels all around you.” ~ Unknown

 

Au Revoir,

Sandra

 

Note:  Netley Abbey is a late medieval monastery in the village of Netley near Southampton in Hampshire, England. The abbey was founded in 1239 as a home for monks of the austere Cistercian order. Despite royal patronage, Netley was never rich, produced no influential scholars nor churchmen, and its nearly 300-year history was quiet. The monks were best known by others for the generous hospitality they offered to travelers on land and sea.

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Sunday Thoughts

“The nights draw in…the days seem cooler now…the leaves fall from the tree’s like floating golden angels… they crunch beneath your feet and crackle like a roaring fire.  It is good to be home and snug indoors.”  ~ Unknown

Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  It is hard to believe, but November has arrived.  And, it is so good to “be home and snug indoors.”  Home is such a wonderful blessing.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward

As many of you know, I am a great fan of Alexandra Stoddard.  In one of her books several years ago she wrote about keeping a Gratitude Journal.  She felt, in lieu of our rapidly changing world, it was important to stop for a moment each day and think of things we are grateful for.  Her idea was to list daily, five things which touched us and that we appreciated.  I can tell you when I looked back through the pages of my journal, it was amazing how keeping a simple little journal made me so aware of even the smallest things I appreciated, but believe I had taken for granted until I wrote them down. Ordinary things ~ a hot shower, sweet smelling soap, clean sheets, a warm summer breeze, the list goes on.

Now, I wish I could tell you that I still keep my journal, I don’t. But, I can tell you the year I did was life-changing.  I became truly conscious of all the many beautiful details of life, I try never to take them for granted, and thank God each day for all my many blessings.  Gratefulness adds such abundance to our daily rounds and therefore, enriches the lives of those we love.

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

Today, more than ever, I believe it is important for each of us to practice gratefulness. Not just in November ~ but every day.

Perhaps, if we did, Cynthia Rylant’s words would become commonplace.  And, wouldn’t that be wonderful?

“In November, people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other’s homes and talk by crackling woodstoves, sipping mellow cider. They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings – for the food on their tables and the babies in their arms.” ~ Cynthia Rylant, In November 

Wishing you and yours a most special November.  May your days be filled with blessings for which you will be forever grateful.

 

Au Revoir,

Sandra

 

 

Note:  Images ~ (Via Tumblr) Unless otherwise stated, I do not claim ownership of these photos. These photos are the work of tremendously talented people and I simply compiled them for your enjoyment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Au Revoir October

“October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Good morning, dear friends.  Wow, it is hard to believe we are telling October ~ ‘Au Revoir.’  It is always a bit sad for me to tell her goodbye, as it seems the holidays immediately follow and they are also gone too quickly.  But before we worry about the holidays, let’s remember October.  

“I spot the hills with yellow balls in autumn.  I light the prairie cornfields orange with tawny gold clusters and I am called pumpkins.  On the last day of October, when dusk is fallen, children join hands and circle around me singing ghost songs and love to the harvest moon.  I am a jack-o’-lantern with terrible teeth and the children know I am fooling.” ~ Carl Sandburg, “Theme in Yellow”

Pumpkins always make me smile.  Perhaps, I think of all the goodness which comes from them, and the smiles they bring to children’s faces when carved and all aglow.  

We stack them by our front doors.

And, pile them in chairs. 

barbieyeida: “Pumpkin Custard Tart ”

But most of all, we bake them into the most scrumptious dessert ~ pumpkin pie.  Just in case you don’t have a favorite pumpkin pie recipe, my grandmother’s recipe is listed at the end of this post.  The orange juice and zest make it quite special.

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.” ~ John Keats

When I see the geese flying in their perfect ‘V formation’ and hear them honking their goodbye, it is my sign October has come to the end.

It is time to make our homes extra cozy, for ourselves and those we love.

The ‘spoiled ones’ always seem to occupy the comfiest spots in our homes.  The space you created just for you and your latest book, now taken over by the James Brothers ~ Frank and Jesse.

But, before we say goodbye to the beautiful month of October, let us tuck away some of her magnificent beauty in our hearts and remember the words of Lucy Maud Montgomery…”I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

 

I do hope you have enjoyed your visit this morning, and this finds you ~ “Serene with the serenity of October,”~ Renée Vivien

 

Wishing you a most wonderful day!

Au Revoir,

Sandra

 

Belle’s Pumpkin Pie

 

Note:  Images ~ (Via Tumblr) Unless otherwise stated, I do not claim ownership of these photos. These photos are the work of tremendously talented people and I simply compiled them for your enjoyment

 

Sunday Thoughts

“It is the soft nature of the things in which we surround ourselves that dull the sharp edges of life.” ~ Christine Fleming

Good morning, dear friends.  We have, once again, lived through another week of discord and acts of evil in our world.  It is all terribly concerning and I will admit, there are many days the ugliness ways too heavy on my heart.  I believe we are all, more than ever, so grateful for the peace, comfort, and softness of our homes.  They certainly do “dull the sharp edges of life.”  

As you know, my mantra has always been that beauty makes us a kinder and better people.  I feel as though I have screamed it from the rooftops and I sincerely believe the words with all my heart.  Beauty also softens our days and enables us to endure the tragedies and sorrows of our fellow man, along with the ‘ugly’ in general.  So, I thought this morning I would share some things I consider to be beautiful, I hope you will too.  I also hope they will make you smile and provide some beauty for you to tuck away in your heart for cloudy days.      

Beautiful blooms always make everyone and every situation better, in my opinion.

The golden beauty of autumn, complete with peaceful fog ~ perfect.  

The art we love.

Beautiful words. 

For each of us, the list of what ignites our fire will be different.  However, somehow, someway we must find a way to scatter joy, kindness, and show love and concern for our fellow man. Now, I know I am probably preaching to the choir, but I will leave you with the words of a special woman, who in small steps, found a way to show love and accomplished unimaginable things in our world.  She found ways to alleviate the suffering of others, and she didn’t give up, she took steps every day, she was relentless.  She was … Mother Teresa.

“If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”  ~ Mother Teresa

 

 “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Perhaps, if enough of us keep our lamps full, we will light the way for others.  I believe we must ~ for the sake of humanity.

 

Wishing you and yours a beautiful and peaceful day.

Au Revoir,

Sandra

 

 

Photos, via tumblr, pinterest and facebook

Goodness From The Kitchen

“The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living.” ~ Dione Lucas

 

Good morning, sweet friends.  I hope wherever you may be, this finds you enjoying lovely autumn weather. 

Now that autumn has actually arrived, along with cooler weather, I find myself in the kitchen a little more.  I enjoy cooking and am always happy to share wonderful recipes which I have made, know are not complicated, and are scrumptious.  So, without further chatter,  below you will find a menu, followed by the recipes.  Please know, should you have any questions about the recipes, send me a message under the contact section of this blog.  I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Le Menu

Spinach, Apple, and Goat Cheese Salad ~ with Molasses Vinaigrette

Cream of Leek and Parsnip Soup

French Apple Cake

“Great cooking favors the prepared hands.” ~ Jacques Pepin

Special Note:  As you read the recipes, you will see I have used Gala apples in all the recipes.  I have not had the best of luck finding good Granny Smith apples this year.  They are tough, don’t cook up well and are even bitter.  They are supposed to be tart not bitter.  I have been using Gala’s and they are lovely.  They are a little sweet, but still on the tart side.  This is just a point of information for you.  However, on the French Apple Cake, definitely use Gala’s.

Apple, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Salad

Ingredients

10 ounces baby spinach

1/2 of a medium red onion, thinly sliced

2 large apples, cored and thinly sliced (I use gala apples)

half of a small red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup pecans, roughly chopped (walnuts are fine)

2/3 cup dried cranberries

5 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (blue cheese is also good)

Add spinach, apples, red onion, pecans, dried cranberries, and half of the goat cheese to a large bowl.  Drizzle with the vinaigrette, and toss to combine.

Serve immediately, garnished with the remaining goat cheese.  If you want to use this salad as a main course, it is wonderful with a roasted chicken breast sliced on top.

 

Molasses Vinaigrette – makes about 3/4 cup

1/4 cup dark molasses

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. whole-grain mustard

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. ground black pepper

2 Tbls. extra light olive oil

In a small bowl whisk together molasses, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper.  Gradually whisk in olive oil.

 

Cream of Leek and Parsnip Soup 

Ingredients

4-5 Tbls. butter

1 pound prepared sliced leeks ~ 2 to 3 nice size leeks

1 pound parsnips, trimmed, peeled, and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces

2 apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped ~ (I used Gala apples)

1 large Yukon gold potato, roughly chopped

6 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup heavy cream

salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle with nutmeg or chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Crusty bread or croutons (optional)

Sour cream or creme fraiche (optional)

 

Directions:
To prepare leeks trim heavy green leaves and root ends, discard.   Next, cut the leek lengthwise and wash thoroughly under running water, drain leek on paper towel.  Once thoroughly drained, cut the leek crosswise in about 1-inch slices. Heat butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add leeks, cook, and stir often for about 5 minutes until leeks are tender.  Watch this, you may need to add a little more butter. Add parsnips, apples, potato, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until vegetables are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
Note:  In this next step you can use a regular blender or an immersion stick blender.  If you use a stick blender, remove the soup from heat and let it cool just a few minutes.
Using a regular blender:  Working in batches, puree soup in a blender until smooth. Return it to pot; stir in cream. Season with salt and pepper.  Garnish with parsley.
Using a stick blender:  After soup has cooled just a few minutes, blend until all ingredients are smooth. (I use an old-fashioned potato masher to mash thing up a bit before using my stick blender.) Return to medium heat and add cream.  Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg or parsley. Serve with crusty bread and or croutons.  A small dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche is also nice.
Note:  This is a thick soup.  If you prefer it a little thinner, add more broth or whole milk, after you have pureed the mixture.
  
 

This last recipe is, in my opinion, an exquisite dessert with incredible flavor.  Honestly, when this cake comes from the oven you will feel like Julia surely must have been in your kitchen.  It is truly so beautiful and delicious.  It is a lovely dessert to elevate an ordinary day or make a special occasion, extra special.  Everyone who has the opportunity to enjoy this cake will feel as though they are in the home of a French pastry chef.  But here is the beauty of this cake ~ it is so easy.  You don’t even use a mixer.  The cake easily serves six, but it is also nice for a family of two or four, you will have a little leftover for another day.  I promise you will love me for this one! 

French Apple Cake

Ingredients:

4 large apples (any variety, I used Gala)

3 tablespoons Calvados, apple brandy, or dark rum

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted and slightly cooled

powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with baking spray (or butter and lightly flour the surface.)  Note:  I used Bakers Joy baking spray with flour.

Core and peel the apples, slice into 1/8 thick slices. Place apple slices in a medium bowl and pour the Calvados over them.  Toss to coat and allow to soak while you are preparing the other ingredients.

In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Mix well and set aside.  In a large bowl add eggs and mix with a wire whisk until frothy. Add vanilla extract and sugar and mix until combined. Add butter and continue to stir. Add flour mixture a little at a time stirring constantly until batter is uniform. Fold in apples, making sure to include any remaining Calvados at the bottom of the bowl. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and pat down the apples with a spatula or back of a wooden spoon.

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool at least 5 minutes before removing from pan. Dust with powdered sugar before serving if desired.  I checked this at 45 minutes.  In my oven, it took 50 minutes for baking time.

Important Note:  If possible try to find Calvados, a French apple brandy.  It is wonderful in this recipe.  If you live in a larger area you probably won’t have any trouble finding it.  However, I am in a small town and Mike asked the gentleman who manages our liquor store about it and he now carries it.  It is wonderful on many things, especially fruit cakes if you make them. 

“The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it… If you’re convinced that cooking is drudgery, you’re never going to be good at it, and you might as well warm up something frozen.” ~ James Beard

 

  Wishing you a most beautiful day and as always, thanks so much for your visit!

Bon Appétit!

 

Special Note:  I am joining the following party: https://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/

Au Revoir,

Sandra

 

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Sunday Thoughts…

Good morning, dear friends.

I do hope your horizon now, or in the near future, holds what Bill Bryson so beautifully describes.  

“It was one of those sumptuous days when the world is full of Autumn muskiness and tangy, crisp perfection: vivid blue sky, deep green fields, leaves in a thousand luminous hues. It is a truly astounding sight when every tree in a landscape becomes individual, when each winding back highway and plump hillside is suddenly and infinitely splashed with every sharp shade that Nature can bestow – flaming scarlet, lustrous gold, throbbing vermilion, fiery orange.” ~ Bill Bryson

And do try to remember,

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

Wishing you and yours a day filled with joy!

Au Revoir,

Sandra

 

 

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Golden October Days

“There’s nothing in life quite like autumn. Misty mornings and rainy afternoons. The crisp cool feeling that hangs in the air. A sense of warmth that comes from within. It’s nothing less than magical, really.” ~ Unknown

Good Morning, my friends.  It has been rather difficult for me to get dressed for autumn this year, as our weather has been so warm.  So, as it appears I may be in need of a little inspiration, I thought perhaps you might be too.  Therefore, I have arranged for us to take a tour this morning.  There are many tours this time of year, but as our time together is limited, we will just visit one.  So, let’s see what we find as we stroll through the golden days of October.

“O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;  Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild, Should waste them all.” ~ Robert Frost, “October”

I wonder who and what waits for us at the end of this lovely lane, complete with golden leaves and morning fog.

What a lovely home and they are clearly in no need of autumn inspiration.  Pretty blue door, lots of pumpkins and mums, and a gorgeous yellow Labrador waiting to greet us.  He looks like a refined gentleman. I imagine him to have a ‘proper name,’ maybe Henry or Charles.  And would you look at our greeting ~ they are glad we are here.  The doormat says so.  Aren’t you anxious to see inside?

There is nothing like a fire on a chilly morning.  Such a lovely and inviting room.

The tea is ready for us.

Can it possibly get any better… madeleines to go with our tea.
How wonderful it is we have we have been invited to peak around.  And when we finish inside, the ladies from the garden club are making wreaths outside in the garden.   I am anxious to see them, aren’t you?
Oh my, the beautiful windows are even dressed for autumn.  I imagine this home surely has a wardrobe.  
Next, we see a pretty bedroom also dressed for autumn.

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Just outside the bedroom, a lovely nook with a glorious bouquet of autumn leaves looking out of the window.  Simple, but stunning.

“Autumn ~ a season of change signaled by colorful foliage, crisp air, and bountiful harvests.” ~ unknown

Not wanting to miss what the ladies of the garden club are doing, maybe we should head on out to the garden.

Isn’t the back porch pretty dressed in plum and rust?  

Here we are in the garden, and…

“The sunshine kissed the summer blooms and sent them all to slumber.  Sweet dreams to you, my treasures, for I’ll see you all next summer.” ~ Flora Turrill

My goodness, these wreaths are lovely.  It is difficult to choose a favorite.

 

I think I may be drawn to this one.

No, this one ~ I can’t decide.  Which one do you prefer?

A garden club luncheon is about to happen.  This is probably our signal to soon say ‘au revoir.’

Isn’t the table dressed lovely?  I can just imagine the delicious goodness which will be served.

I always enjoy the ride back home through this dear covered bridge.  To me, such bridges serve as a reminder of a simpler era.  Can you hear the clip-clop of the horses’ hoofs?  I can.

And…

“It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple and scarlet.” ~ Washington Irving,

Sweet friends, I hope you enjoyed our tour and I am so happy you came along with me.  If time permits, perhaps we could go on another tour before the end of October.  There are so many this time of year, but I will be sure to find us a great one.
Wishing you blue skies and ‘Golden October Days.’

Au Revoir,

Sandra

 

 

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Sunday Thoughts

“Gentleness is strength because it remains constant and clear-minded across all manner of situations.” ~ Andy Mort

  Gentle is the Lamb.

Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  

This morning, I want to share something you may or may not know about me.  When my husband and I lived in Virginia, we raised sheep.  We had a small flock of thirteen.  These wonderful, sweet and gentle animals provided beautiful wool for my weaving, but they also gave me something much greater.  An understanding of what it means to be gentle and, there is great strength in gentleness.  I could tell you many situations with our sheep which taught this lesson to me, but it would take way too much space and time.  Please understand, I don’t profess to be gentle in all my ways, or in everything I do each day. But, learning how gentleness changes us, others, and situations has enabled me to try my best.   

This leads me to the words of Henri Nouwen.  I believe his words are quite profound, considering as a young, boy he lived in the Netherlands during Hitler’s occupation.  That particular time in history and place in the world was anything but gentle.  So, for him to emerge with kindness, gentleness, and love in his heart is truly a lesson for mankind, in my opinion.  I hope you will also find his words meaningful, and that they will speak to you as they did to me.  Because I feel they are not only worthy but are central to our being a kinder and better people.  

“Once in a while we meet a gentle person. Gentleness is a virtue hard to find in a society that admires toughness and roughness. We are encouraged to get things done and to get them done fast, even when people get hurt in the process.  Success, accomplishment, and productivity count. But the cost is high. There is no place for gentleness in such a milieu. Gentle is the one who does “not break the crushed reed, or snuff the faltering wick;” Matthew 12:20. Gentle is the one who is attentive to the strengths and weaknesses of the other and enjoys being together more than accomplishing something. A gentle person treads lightly, listens carefully, looks tenderly, and touches with reverence. A gentle person knows that true growth requires nurture, not force. Let’s dress ourselves with gentleness. In our tough and often unbending world our gentleness can be a vivid reminder of the presence of God among us.” ~ Henri Nouwen

“Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.” Rumi

I hope you have enjoyed my ‘Sunday Thoughts.’  Please know how much I appreciate your visit, your thoughts, and comments.

Wishing you and yours a most beautiful day! 

Au Revoir,

Sandra

 

 

Notes:  Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen(1932-1996) was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer, and theologian.  He lived his entire life in the Netherlands and his interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice, and community.

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