Monday, September 30, 2013

Foliage Report

Since I so often mention how rotten the weather is, I think it is time for me to say that the weather has been glorious — glorious! It makes me feel like singing. 

We decided to take a Sunday afternoon drive around the block. I took a lot of photos. While editing them, I realized that they'd be pretty much the same old, same old, well except for the attack of the killer chickens. So I tossed the photos into a collage for future Note Card Party retrieval or header consideration. 


~Typical Scene These Days~



The Farm Stand was having a closing sale. The white mum was less than half price. Can't beat that! Ice cream was, too, so John upgraded to a banana-less banana split. More on that later.



This is called the Hannibal Hamlin home. Mr. Hamlin was Abraham Lincoln's first vice-president. (*I've talked about it before.*) It has beautiful views of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.



Oh I see that this might be where the seed was planted to have a white mum! And I thought it was my idea.


A glimpse of their view. The home is privately owned.


And there's John enjoying that not quite a banana split. He says that he used to ride a dump rake in his childhood haying days back on the farm.

Back to our humble abode with no mountain views, but plenty of autumn all the same. We are wrapped up in autumn these days.

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  1. Hamlin house has a great view for sure. What a place!
    I always love looking at beautiful homes, but realize that
    even if I were rich I'd still want a cozy sort of place like
    yours.
    Tell john I thought I saw they used a dump rake on The Victorian Farm show!

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    1. You're right! (John is not that old, but he told me that when his father was deciding if farming would be the life for him, he used all the old machinery for a while.)

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  2. I love it when the leaves are just starting to turn and there are different shades popping out among the still green or evergreens --and your wonderful collage illustrates that well. I'm surprised your leaves aren't further turned yet, but I guess October is the "big month."

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  3. I have to admit to a wee bit of leaf-colour envy! Thanks for sharing your abundance!
    Do you ever get song worms in your head? As I read your first lines I suddenly thought of the hymn 'How Can I Keep From Singing?' and now I will go forward into the day with that wonderful tune in my head!

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  4. The leaves in your part of the country are getting so beautiful! The ones here in NC are just beginning but everyday you can see them changing! Beautiful pics!

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  5. Oh I can imaging your tidy cottage surrounded by white mums, with white, orange and green pumpkins mixed in. And maybe some nearly black pansies for contrast too!
    Aren't autumn drives wonderful? I try to head out for a spin daily during color peak . A thermos of hot tea or cider, apple or pear slices with cheese and ginger snaps/oatmeal or molasses cookies to enjoy at a particularly vibrant tree or view...ahhh! True wealth!

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  6. What gorgeous color! We aren't quite there yet, but I did see some color in the hills over the weekend. Some folks don't know Illinois has hills, but it does. And beautiful hard forrests in between the thousands of acres of corn and soybeans. Lots of harvest going on. That is a beautiful home you photographed, and I can only imagine having a view like that every day. Think they ever just forget to look at it?
    Debbie

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  7. The Hamlin home is beautiful! I love painting old buildings like that and I'm so ready for the leaves to start changing here. Once the chill is in the air, I start to get that itch to paint more.

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  8. Wow, what a home! And your Autumn photos are simply lovely. The colors here are at their peak and I am enjoying the golden leaves as they shimmer in the sun. Such beauty our Lord has given to us for our enjoyment. Have a wonderful day, Vee!

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  9. Things do look autumnly lovely in your neck of the woods. Once our current storm passes through I'll have to take an autumn drive to see what color I can see. Those are quite the views at that home...

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  10. Beautiful ! Thanks for sharing! Fall is my favorite time of year!

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  11. Very pretty pics from your drive. The Hamlin home is quite extraordinary. I'm happy I don't have to paint it! My late mom always enjoyed a banana-less banana split!!!!! lol So glad you had a good day for an autumn drive.

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  12. So pretty Vee. Our color has not started yet, except a few sumac bushes.

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  13. Oh Vee thank you for sharing these with us.....I am jealous of your part of the country..such beautiful fall color..That looks like just about the perfect Sunday afternoon ride to me..
    Love,
    Mona

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  14. I love your fall foliage report. I have seen that counties advertise exactly when the best foliage is so that people know when to come visit. You have done that and oh I wish I could see it in person.

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  15. Glorious autumn weather is a reason to sing!! And I don't think that beautiful autumn foliage is ever "same old, same old"! I love it every time, every color, every leaf. Ask my family how I ooh and aah all autumn long and say, "Have I ever told you how much I love fall?" To which they say, "Yes, Mom." (I'm lots of fun.) ;)

    Gorgeous old house...but so is your humble abode, your haven.

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  16. Lovely photos, but I did not see any "killer" chickens?? Upcoming post? lol Beautiful scenery, makes me want to take a road trip! xo

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    1. *Ding*Ding*Ding*Ding*Ding*...the observant one takes the prize! ☺☺☺ Yes, I actually did have "an encounter" and it will be on an upcoming post.

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  17. Hi Vee! What a wandering, fun walk through the day. That home is just beautiful, and how crazy that John could remember using farm equipment like that! Makes it that much more fun. Your area looks much more like Fall than ours, so I am happy to take in the scenery. Thanks!
    Ceil

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  18. Can't wait to hear about the "killer chickens!"

    I love seeing your beautiful foliage report. We are having amazing weather here too. This week we are having a few days of nearly 80 degrees (boo!) but cool nights, and warm days mostly. Two years ago on my birthday (which is this Thursday) we met in person! Such fun and we all have fond memories of that day! Beautiful Maine - I long to see it again!

    Deanna

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  19. Thanks for the beautiful pictures Vee! I was delighted seeing them:). Just followed your blog through bloglovin.

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  20. Hi Vee, your Autumn photos are lovely, so full of vivid colors and beautiful scenery. Taking a drive is always fun and relaxing and a great way to take in Mother Nature. xo Linda

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  21. Well Vee, we certainly got to enjoy some of that glorious beauty while on the Maine coast this weekend. My oh my it was gorgeous! You got some great photos too. I like the old hay rake and the old mansion and the white mums. Lovely!! And half price ice cream sounds good even without the bananas on the split! :) We had ice cream in Bar Harbour and it was really good but not half price. Enjoy these glorious days.

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  22. A banana split without bananas? Tell me more. I always have my banana split without chocolate topping...but bananas are not optional!

    Love the fall foliage out your way...and the clear blue skies...and the old mansion in your corner (I had to google that I see exactly where that was located).

    Enjoy your day!

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    1. Since it was the last day of business for the year, they had run out of bananas and pineapple sauce, too, for that matter. As a result, the banana-less banana split was half price.

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  23. Lovely fall colors in your part of the country. And the Hamlin house is awesome. I've seen some of those old rakes sitting in farms sights, not being used any longer.
    Enjoy the rest of fall!

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  24. Oh, I wish I was up there enjoying those beautiful New England fall days with you! Even if there was no ice cream to entice me, LOL. Your mums are positively lovely. We tried to find some in the past week and all of them were past their prime. Rats. So I'll get a pumpkin soon and call it a day on further outdoor embellishments.

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  25. You live in such a GORGEOUS place...really, just soo pretty. I'd love your views.

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  26. Looking like fall there. Beautiful!! You did a great job on the pictures!!!!!

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  27. It's all gorgeous! Because our fall has been unusually warm, our we hardly have any good color at all. We are hoping it turns soon before any wind storms come through too early.

    We may be going to the Feast of the Hunter's Moon with my son and his wife this next weekend. It is my favorite fall activity and would be lovely if there was a little more color on the trees there next to the Wabash river.

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  28. The colors are looking beautiful. Oh, and I love that little rope pumpkin in your post yesterday. It's a fun time of year. And guess what? I saw a pumpkin patch at a church today right down the road from my house! Fall has arrived! Sweet hugs!

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  29. Ah yes...
    Fall is in the air. We have beautiful mums at the nursery and I will get some this weekend. I bought a bunch for my mom Saturday. The colors are just teasing, not yet ready. Your pictures look nice in a collage.

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  30. I went back and re-read the post to find out about the killer chickens. Didn't find anything. Hope to soon. I'm so glad that you are enjoying some glorious fall weather - goodness knows you've had your fair share of the wet stuff.

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  31. Autumn is so delightful. Love the way you also captured the leaves on the ground. Do you plant the mums so you can enjoy them next year, too?

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  32. What a gorgeous blue sky, Vee, and I see some pretty red and orange foliage. This is SUCH a wonderful time of the year. The Hannibal Hamlin house is gorgeous; it's not so big that it loses its charm. Lastly, I love the view of your charming home.

    Happy Fall to you, my friend. :)

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  33. Hello Vee, I just wanted to come and say hello! I was blessed to be your exhange gal to send you your mug. It will be like an early Christmas gift! Hope you will enjoy it! I will be going to town later this week so I can mail it. I hope you will come by my Blog to visit me!
    Yours, Roxy

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  34. Now that's an autumn collage! I'm glad you're warming up to this great season, and the white mums will look very nice with your sweet white home. The Hamlin home sure is a stately one, makes me like our little cottage all the more.
    Judith

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  35. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing and I want to know more about the killer chickens.lol..
    ~Clara

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  36. Beautiful photos! Your fall is ahead of ours, here in Ohio. We don't have much color yet, but in about a week it's going to cool down more. I'm glad you and John had a quiet day out after all the strenuous work around your house!

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  37. o, the color change is just beautiful, Vee. What a fun day....and I, too, want my Banana Split minus the bananas....however, I get them because Mr. Sweet loves bananas.

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  38. Around the block or on a road trip, there's nothing prettier than seeing the fall colors. Thanks for the welcome back note Vee. xo

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  39. Beautiful to be wrapped up in Autumn.
    Love the photo collage !

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  40. Looks like fall is definitely moving in- thanks for the tour...love the Hamlin House.

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  41. Oh how beautiful it all is!! I love the fall colors. We just don't get a lot of that here so I enjoy it vicariously through my northern blog friends.

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  42. Hooray for lovely fall days. They just make us want to sing and see what a trip around the block will yield. In your case, many good things and a half off sale to boot. Your new mum looks right at home on your steps.

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  43. The views and stops on your afternoon drive gave way to lovely photos. I'm smiling at John's banana-less banana split....that's how my Scot would order his too....with extra chocolate sauce. Enjoy October.

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  44. I love the clear blue skies of autumn! Your colorful tree photos are lovely.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  45. Vee,

    So glad you are getting that fine fall weather, finally!! I look at your photos feeling a little, (okay, VERY!), homesick for Canada, especially at this time of year. Your beautiful, tree-lined country roads are so stunning right now. How lucky you are to go for a ride around the block and return with a whole portfolio of fabulous foliage!

    Thanks for the history of your area as well as your pretty pictures!

    Poppy

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