My children got started very early on pumpkin carving this year. There were all shapes and sized to be found in our pumpkin patch! The littlest hands carved the littlest gourds. All three made quirky delightful creatures.
That stringy mouth looks pretty ghoulish to me!
For much of October we were bathed in golden sunlight.
We played and crunched through the leaves by the Rhine river promenade.
Many familiar mushrooms popped up overnight in our yard only to quickly disappear again.
We often heard and saw the geese migrating in their beautiful v-formations.
I filled up a wheelbarrow of pumpkins to rescue from the childrens' carving knives and the frost to store in the cellar. The small Hokkaido variety are so delicious as are the deep orange large pumpkins called Rouge Vif d'Etampes.
Then the warm air and sunshine abruptly ended and we woke up to the first frost and snowflakes twirling in the freezing air. I waited all summer for these mauve dahlias to blossom and they had finally just opened up before the frost arrived. Sad as that is, they looked fleetingly very delicate and magical in their frosted state.
So gorgeous, these deep autumn shades of purple and red and sparkling dewdrops.
Sweeping the sidewalk and working in the garden is such a pleasure for the eyes right now!
My kitten hides under the apple tree, he's been giving me trouble, both kitties have been. Shadow come home limping last week and according to the vet, he was probably hit by a car, poor thing, but he's (miraculously!) absolutely fine! And my fearful black and white Spooky has become very wild and stray over the summer, often not coming home for weeks. It seems when the children are away, the cats will play! The cats and the mice, I mean. The minute my children leave for school the cats think, hmmm...what can we do to keep her busy? I know, they just want love and affection. Last night I got a lovely mouse, thank you, Spooky.
He looks so peaceful but it's deceptive, in reality he's dreaming of new, crazy and dangerous cat adventures!
But occasionally it does happens that the cats and mice and children and all the others can fend for themselves, I can finally head to my little studio-sanctuary. This is a creation from quite a long time ago....last fall, I think! I still can not decide whether to put it up in my shop or not, I kind of want it! (I think I'll keep it, if I'm still debating it a year later!) I really like the patchwork pocket on the inside.
Love these twirly little red ballerinas...what should I do with this pretty flower which seemed to take all summer to finally thrive at the end? A greenhouse would be perfect!
It's this time of year I get a little melody from the Hansel and Gretel opera in my head .... the part where the children are wandering through the forest searching for fruits and mushrooms. "There stands a little man in the wood alone, He wears a little mantle of velvet brown." In German his coat is "purpur rot" which I would translate to purple red, not velvet brown, but of course the song translation has to rhyme. My husband and I spied the first big red & white polka dot mushroom (correctly known as amanita muscaria) on our hike in the woods yesterday...a perfect specimen (too bad I didn't have a camera). We also saw a busy squirrel scampering around and a graceful deer leaping across our trail. I do love it when that happens!