Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Fickle weather on an autumn day

Today was forecasted as being really bad. It did start out with heavy and hard rainfall enhanced by the odd thunder clap. I was ready to have a craft day inside. I love rainy days for being busy in the house or crafting. I am busy with my lace and sewing a new Christmas gift but now the sun has emerged and it has turned out to be a beautiful day after all. I decided to pop out the front door and share some photos I had promised of the three~tiered rack by our front door which is filled with gourds. As you can see, it is a funny time of year with my roses still blooming although meeker than in the depths of summer alongside the brilliant colors of the gourds.

This is the other side of the front door as you come up to it. We bought this old pitch fork for only 2 euro in a thrift shop with the intention of it going up to the cottage. Jos 'planted' it here for the time being as we had a few days before we were to go up north again. A couple of months later and the fork is still here holding a sweet wooden sign I found for it. I loved it so much that I will have to hunt for another one to use up at the cottage. I would like to create an outdoor collage there of old tools but this old tool looks perfectly at home here.

Finally, again to show you how summer is still hanging around, our pots are blooming well. I have been wanting to start clearing them up or cutting them back to be ready to overwinter but with these pretty blooms, who has the heart. I will enjoy the flowers while they last. The large pot contains a few herbs which we use in the kitchen ~ rosemary, thyme and basil. It had contained some parsley but that is all used up now.

I thought this little verse well fit the 'feeling' of today:

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.
~~ Helen Hunt Jackson ~~
(September, 1830-1885)

10 comments:

Nancy said...

Mother Nature is letting you say goodbye to Summer and hello to Autumn at the same time! Your pitchfork sign is charming Heidi!

I like the little pumpkins with holes in them. What do you use those for?

Enjoy the seasons!

Anonymous said...

Very cute Miss Heidi! :o) You could split your herbs into small pots to bring indoors for the duration of the winter so you still have fresh ones to use. Just a suggestion!

Love you!
Mandie

Yolanda Elizabet said...

We had the same weather today Heidi. With me it started with a very heavy downpour too all morning long, but then the sun came out and I was able to work in the garden. It got quite hot actually. ;-)

Lovely pics of your garden. What a fun idea to use an old pitch fork and put a sign on it!

Anonymous said...

Heidi,
I love your three tier basket ornament and the pitch fork too. What a pretty welcome the front of your house makes. We too are having a lengtherned growing period with the sweet peas still flowering and many of the roses still yielding beautiful fragrant blooms. We are cutting them for the house so that we can enjoy them all day long.
The summer, slow in coming is now reluctant to pack it's bags and head off to the other side of the world...haha!I'm all for that.
I love the little poem, it's absolutely perfect.
Hugs, Angela

Lynda said...

The pitchfork and sign look perfect there! I love how autumn and summer blend together at this time of year ... the best of both worlds. ~ Lynda ♥

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Heidi,

That sign is so very cute! Your garden is just lovely :)

Hugs,
Dena

yellowfarmhouse said...

Heidi your flowers are lovely and I know it's hard to pull them at the end of the season. I pulled all of mine last weekend and now I need pumpkins on the porch.

Hugs - Karen

Kristen said...

I just love the idea of using the pitch fork as a yard decoration! The sign is perfect! The tiered rack is gorgeous as well! You are quite the decorator!

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

What a great idea-it's really effective and unusual!! Everything looks so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Hi;
I love that pitchfork. Good work
putting it there Jos. You will also need one for the cottage thou.
It would look great there too.
love you, Mom