We had temps in the mid-70's today, so we took a walk on one of our local trails to see if there was any autumn leaf color.
We saw very little color, but the September scenery was gorgeous!
This path is just a short distance from one of the main roads in our town. The bridge in the distance is the road. You would never know that this beauty existed just a few feet away as you traveled through our town.
Did you see the reflection of the trees & the clouds in the water?
A lone swan...
swans through the pine tree...
Tree about to fall into the river...
Our town has miles of walking/bike trails. We walked only about a half mile into this trail. I plan to go again in a week or two when the fall color explodes....I doubt it can be any more lovely than it was today.
September 13 and FROST! Unbelievable, even for northern lower Michigan.
I stayed inside all day. I spent about 4 hours making chicken pot pies for the freezer. Here they are before I topped them with homemade pie crust...this cold weather seems to have given me some energy for cooking. :)
These three individual serving pies just went in the oven for tonight's dinner (J thinks one is not enough, so I put two in the oven for him)
I also worked on changing my dining room for autumn. I finished sewing six witch dining room chair backs that I pieced last year. I went down to the basement and I found some wonderful items that I purchased after Halloween last year. Love that spider web table runner ... I don't even remember buying it!
I will finish the rest of the table later in the week. What I used to do in half day, now takes me a full week! :) I am planning to have a dinner party or two this year in early October.
I had planned to do a lot of fall decorating inside this past weekend. As it turned out, the weather was great for working in the garden, so I did just a small bit of outside fall decorating.
A couple of weeks ago, we stopped by the side of the road and J cut down some cattails for me so I could use them for autumn decorating.
Sunday I stuck a few of them in this coleus planter on the side of the garage. I also added a small scarecrow.
Then I plunked a pumpkin in this old floor lamp container on the deck. I added three more cattails:
That's a far I got on the autumn deck décor. It was such a beautiful weekend, that I spent all my time moving plants and cutting down those that were finished for the year.
I just watched our local weather forecast for the next few days..........OMG.....down in the 30's for night time lows! I am so glad I enjoyed my weekend outside in the last few days of summer rather than doing autumn décor inside!
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.