It's still seventy degrees and beautiful in Albuquerque, but we are finally getting a taste of autumn in the neighborhood. It leaves me with a need to change up what I'm looking at inside as well. I still keep things on the light side, but who can keep from giving in to the urge to bring a little of the outside in?
And a little goes a long way for me.
Especially when we have so much color right outside the window this time of year! We have to really take advantage of the moment when our clinging vine turns red because it drops the leaves altogether soon after.
We spend bits of time at this spot watching for birds all throughout the day.
Our feeders are placed quite near, and the vine makes a good hide.
I'm not much of a wildlife photographer, but once in a while I get a lucky shot.
This is the view from the other side of the window.
It's a bittersweet moment in the year when the vine finally puts on a show before dropping its color. We have relatively mild winters here, but the whole town turns brown and drab for what seems like an eternity until spring comes again.
I went out and chopped a nice branch from the snowball bush that is putting on a second show for the year.
It looks to me like those big expensive faux branches that you can buy from Pottery Barn. (Only better!) And I will get to toss it when it's done too. (I wonder how long it will last?)
We have an overcast day, so I have the shutters flung wide open.
I spent what I saved on those faux branches on this PB pillow cover. (Isn't that the way it always goes?) Always nice to look at something new.
It's time to order a bit of firewood. I have cleared the hearth in order to be ready for our first cozy fire of the season. The fireplace screen is just stowed behind the club chair until needed again between fires.
The cranes and the geese have arrived again in the fields. And there's nothing like a hearty soup or stew to tuck into after a nice long walk in the afternoon. With the firewood all ready go, and the change in the time casting us all into darkness too early again, the candles will come out too, along with a few extra throws on the sofa and chairs to settle into.
Welcome to November!
I hope it's wonderful for you.