This photo is shown below, before I used the water paint option, in Photoscape.


This year, as in years past, fall nesting begins on our back porch.

Melissa, at The Inspired Room, is hosting the annual Fall Nesting Party, beginning Wednesday September 2. Click the above link or the Fall Nesting button on my sidebar.

You might not begin Fall Nesting, until the season has officially arrived. I hope you’ll stop by Melissa’s for beautiful inspiration, whether you are starting your Autumn nest or waiting till later.

Remember Fall Nesting isn’t necessarily about bringing out the pumpkins and colorful leaves. Nesting also includes, lighting candles and maybe having a little fire in the fireplace on those cooler evenings.

It also includes changes in vignettes around your home,  bringing out the comfy quilts and looking through your cook books and recipe files for yummy soups and other cool weather meals.


As Memorial Day signals the beginning of Summer, Labor Day signals Autumn; even though the actual season change is still a couple of weeks away.

Summer 2009, here in Missouri, brought cooler than normal temperatures.  The thermometer reached 90’s only a few times. Many days had the feel of early Autumn temperatures, without that special touch only Autumn air can bring. 

The past two weeks, the air has begun to have that autumnal feel.  The light is golden, some trees and shrubs are showing a tiny bit of color.  Last week, when I heard the crows, as they flew overhead, I was pleasantly reminded of my favorite time of year.


A fern sits upon a metal 3 legged milking stool, used by J, when he was a child, on the family farm.

The fireplace screen is made of three iron panels, J put together. The panels were purchased at Welcome Home (now closed).  Above the screen, a vintage garden gate, with a basket of silk blackeyed susans, and a sign from Eagle Fork Farm, Moscow Mills, Missouri. The candle lantern, hanging on the side of the fireplace, is from Evergreen Mfg. Osage Beach, Missouri.





A Jim Shore rooster, Something to Crow About, awaits Fall on the shelf above the stove. The photo, just above the rooster, shows the lane going away from our home, on the family farm, during winter.  There are three other photos of the winter lane, in the frame.



We are convinced we will “pay” for this fabulous Summer, with a harsher Winter, than we’ve experienced in the past few years.  Whatever the weather brings, we’ll manage.  As Scarlett said…I’ll think about that tomorrow.  As for now, I’m doing a little Fall Nesting, on the back porch and other rooms of our home.


A hint of October tablescapes and November soup suppers.


Just for fun, I edited several photos, for this post, in Photoscape. A free editing program.

Autumn Past

RCottrell HouseA

Elgin-Cottrell home, October 2009 

If you haven’t seen my post and photos about our tour and would like to, click HERE.

The post was done before my page was changed, for larger images. Most of the photos, within the post, will enlarge when clicked.


A photo of Richard Cottrell’s china closet, taken last year, when Richard gave us a tour of his lovely home.  I edited the photo to resemble an antique photograph.