Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Days in the Backyard


 It's days like these I'm reminded why I consider fall in the south to be the perfect season.  The evenings are cool but the days are warm.  The sun is shining and the leaves are turning. 


 We've been spending a good portion of our afternoons outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  This weekend my husband and I worked outside on our back deck.  He pressure washed while I tidied up and cleaned the windows... it felt nice to do some fall cleaning.


The past couple days I've been simply enjoying these perfect fall days and counting my blessings while the girls run around and play.


 I know I say this often, but I'm thankful for our little place in the country.  It just fits us.


The two little windows beside the back door are something I have loved since day one.  The back door leads into the laundry room, and the light streaming in always makes doing laundry a little more enjoyable.  (smile)


 Have I ever showed you our old well? We do have city water, but I often like to think of the days when this would have been their source of water. 


 One thing I had hoped to do this year was plant a line of hydrangeas all along the side of the deck.  We planted two this spring, one on each side of the steps, when we fixed our deck.  You can't even see them in this photo, but with the heat we had this summer, I'm just thankful they are still alive.  Since I never got around to it... what do you think, should I plant hydrangeas there or something else? 


 I love the huge trees on our lot... sometimes I wonder if they've been there longer than our house. 


And just down the road there's a little fall color as the leaves continue to change.  Every morning I love to look out the window and see if there's a little more color there than the day before.


 Jillian has been raking the leaves lately on the deck and then immediately Rosetta rushes over to mess them up.  (smile) 


We've still much landscaping to be done, but this is the first fall we've had a nice grassy backyard to play in and a fixed up deck.  It's a little progress and we are enjoying it so much!

42 comments:

  1. Your home is so welcoming. I, too, am a lover of fall. My favorite season.

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  2. I think hydrangeas would be gorgeous around your deck. I think there are some new varieties that do well in full sun. Your daughters have a marvelous place to play. I am really admiring your metal roof. We want to put one on our house someday!

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  3. Everytime I come to visit you ,I never want to leave- hope that's okay!

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  4. You are one of my favorite blogs...I love your beautiful farmhouse. I wish I could live in a home with lots of history. Mine is 20 years old...boo, no real history yet. I love that you have a well and can imagine the former people that lived in your beautiful home getting their water. P.S. I vote for hydrangeas, I love them!

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  5. Lovely photos of your yard. Your home is pretty. Love hydrangeas too. How sweet that your little one is helping with the leaves, and how typical for #2 to make that difficult.

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  6. Love your home, so lovely.....I think it would look nice to add the rest of the hydrangeas around your deck....It would look beautiful! Love your daughter's names.

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  7. What lovely Fall photos. And what a lovely way to spend a Fall afternoon - with your two precious girls. They are so cute.

    Judy

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  8. Beautiful country home. Your little girl has such pretty hair and it is so long. I love fall. Almost makes you feel guilty to stay inside.

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  9. It looks so wonderful there. And yes, I think hydrangeas would be beautiful...they have such a nice old-fashioned charm :)

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  10. Your home is lovely. I have two young girls as well, it's so fun right? What part of the south do you live in? I'm in GA, and we are loving the fall days. By the way hydrangeas don't like direct sunlight :)

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  11. I am a Southern transplant.. NYC to North Central Florida. I have to say, I agree whole heartedly! Fall in the South is fantastic.. warm days and cool evenings and nights. Perfect for relaxing !!
    Beautiful home!!
    Cheers, Gee

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  12. I love your home in the country - it is so charming! I bet there's lots of room for the girls to run around and play, too. I think hydrangeas would look fantastic along the side of the deck. Looks like they would get plenty of sun, so they should grow quickly.

    Your daughters are so darling. :-)

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  13. Can I catch my breath???

    So pretty. Simple. Love it. Love that tree.

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  14. Loved the peaceful tour of your backyard. It's all very nice and calming to see.

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  15. Wonderful home. thanks for sharing...your girls are wonderful...and your country is something I wish I could have....
    happy Fall to all of you!
    Nancy

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  16. What a perfect spot to enjoy the fall season! Those two windows on either side of the door are absolute perfection, hope you never need to change them. Oh, and by all means plant more hydrangeas!

    ~Lynn

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  17. Both of my grandmothers lived in white houses on country roads and seeing your pictures just reminds me so much of visiting them. One of them had an old hand pump like yours. I think they both had peonies in their yards but hydrangeas would be beautiful also. Love the windows by your back door ~ so charming. Your little girls are sweet as can be!

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  18. Hydrangea are beautiful. If you already have two perhaps consider some other bushes as well that bloom at various times...this way you'd have color and blooms all through the season. Then again having nothing BUT hydrangea would be lovely as well!

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  19. What a gorgeous afternoon...I so love seeing the beautiful surroundings of your home.. of you and your sweet girls enjoying a beautiful afternoon together.....making memories....Hydrangeas are my favorite...yes, the summer was brutal to them...My feeling is the more hydrangeas the better...I love the way they last several months and then being able to enjoy their beauty in the fall when they are dried...

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  20. Don't you just love country life? I do. There are times when I need something but live too far from the stores so I just have to make do with what I have on hand. Blessings, Tammy

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  21. yes... yes... on the Hydrangeas.. ( MY Fav!!) I just love all the pictures that you are sharing.... sooooo peaceful and beautiful!!!!

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  22. Hydrangeas would be perfect. I can just picture them there, it would be gorgeous. I love your screen door.

    Cynthia

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  23. A perfect country home. Take it from someone who has moved the hydrangeas 3 times...plant in the most shady place you can find. I also learned this year from over at Thistlewood Farm...to spread your coffee grounds around them. That has helped mine.

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  24. Your blog posts are always so beautiful! Your house reminds me a little bit of Green Gables. I think for sure plant hydrangeas! I love them. We finally bought a house! It's not in the country but I love it anyway. I'll just content myself looking at beautiful country homes like yours out in blog land! Have a wonderful day! ~ Jamie

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  25. Yes! Hydrangeas would be perfect along the side of the deck. And I also love the old pump, and that area. If it were mine I would plant the old timey 4 o'clocks around a side there. They grow kinda tall and bloom twice-a-day. You have a wonderful place inside and out. I love your style. And your kitchen is perfect. I love the old sink with the double windows right above it.....

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    1. The 4 o'clocks sounds lovely... I will look into them! Thank you... the sink with the windows above is one of my favorite things.

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  26. I think hydrangeas would be perfection. There is nothing better than a whole row of them too! Think of the blooms you would have not to mention the interest around your deck. Years ago I planted a perennial garden along my fence in our back yard. I really love it but now wish I had just planted a row of hydrangeas. I know I've said it before but I adore visiting you. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life.
    ~Ann

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  27. What a quaint, peaceful place to live! Love your charming farmhouse, and there's nothing better than a big back porch. We have one, too - and hope to build a roof over it next year to help protect our wicker furniture and keep us cool during the summer heat. I think hydrangeas would be fabulous around your porch! And yes, there is a variety that can tolerate sun better, too. Check out Trina's sweet farmhouse here: http://acountryfarmhouse.blogspot.com. She has an amazing back patio surrounded by gorgeous hydrangeas! You'll love it! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  28. Love your blog! I'm over via Wow Us Wednesday. I'm a new follower! Your home is lovely. I've already peeped at some older posts.

    Come over for a visit! I'd love if you followed!

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  29. I see a kitchen herb garden just outside your charming deck. :)

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    1. I've seriously been considering transplanting my herbs to one side of the deck! :-) It sure would be handy.

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  30. Does the area get morning sun or afternoon sun? I love hydrangeas but have so much shade here that if I had full sun like yours appears to have I would have a kitchen garden and lots of herbs. It would be just a few steps away from the door to your laundry room. Love those sweet little windows! Isn't it great when you feel that your house "fits" you!

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  31. Oh, I wish I had a farmhouse right next door to you. So I could watch your little girls play and run while we had coffee or tea. I love your photo in the sidebar. So pretty. I would plant hydrangeas there if you don't think they'd get too much sun. (I loved your sachets so much, I had to order my own!)
    Brenda

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  32. Found you at Happy Hour! Love your home, I'm in the south too, wish I were on a farm!

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  33. So sweet...please join me at Welcome Home WednesdaY AT WWW.VINTAGEONADIME.BLOGSPOT.COM Debbie :)

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  34. This is such a charming little space! It looks like such a wonderful place to build memories with your family. What a beautiful porch. I would love to sit in the rocking chair and sip on a glass of something yummy :)

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  35. Me too, love to sit on that rocking chair and have a tea....

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  37. Beautiful photos as usual, Andrea! I concur, this is the best time of year in this part of the country. Spring's almost as nice, but fall wins because of the leaves and because there's no yellow pollen. :) If you're asking for plant ideas, hydrangeas are classic, but I'd also recommend interspersing them with gardenias. Their leaves are evergreen and of course, the fragrance from the blooms is wonderful. Kleim's Hardy is a nice variety that does well in zone 7.

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  38. Your back deck and yard are charming! I love those windows beside the door too. We live in the country on 32 acres and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's been a wonderful place for our children to grow up.

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  39. So beautiful! Love the back yard and love those sweet pictures of the girls raking off (and messing up) the leaves.

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  40. As a child I didn't like fall much. It was the season that I had to get to before Christmas. As an adult, it is one of my favorites. Coastal California is spectacular in the fall. We are savoring the beauty- especially this week of fall break from school.

    Your farm house is lovely. I will be back.

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