Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hello November!

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.



donna baker said...

What a gorgeous view out that window. It is getting to be fall here too. Have a good fall.

Louca por porcelana said...

Wonderful pics of Fall!

Michele said...

I love your climbing vine's red color- makes an incredible look out that window.

Your interior is perfectly autumn for you - just a touch, just right!

Hope you have a wonderful November, Jacqueline!

Hugs. ♥

sweet violets said...

Love the view from that window!!! Very pretty color..... So far it has been a wonderful November and hope it is for you too.....xoxoxo

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh my gosh Jacqueline that view out the window of the vines changing color is beautiful. Love your touches of fall inside too. We are having lots of rain and chilly temps here in the midwest. Very much fall for us. Happy November. Have a great start to the new week.

Dianne said...


That vine outside your window is stunning! I always love your photographs and the photos of the vine through the window are just beautiful.

NanaDiana said...

It looks just gorgeous inside and out, Jacqueline! I really love the subtleness you exhibit there and that vine climbing the house is gorgeous. xo Diana

Rose L said...

It is so lovely to see the colored leaves as light shines through them, like a fall stained glass window!

Marilyn Miller said...

Love the peek from your window. You have inspired me to bring a branch or two into the house. Love your fireplace and those two ironstone pitchers.

Katie Mansfield said...

I love that gorgeous vine. What beautiful color in your warm and cozy room.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Everything is perfect, Jacqueline! Lovely views of the vine and such pretty linens and pillows. It all looks so serene and cozy! Happy November! xo Karen

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Your home is so wonderfully cozy and always looks good no matter what the season, though I do love it in Fall and Winter the best!

We moved to Albuquerque in 2002 due to a job transfer. On our house hunting trip that February, we were shocked how brown everything was. We called the golf course spots "the browns" instead of the greens. We learned to love the weather in Albuquerque and missed it when we were transferred to Texas in 2005.

Jeanie said...

I feel so cozy right now, visiting you. Like all the stress just came out of my body and I could sink into your beautiful space with the wonderful leaves inside and out. (And that branch looks wonderful in your vase!). Your feeder, the color, the gorgeous photo of the leaves in the urn... all peaceful, lovely, autumn. Thank you for a divine break.

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