During the hot summer months, the front porch is a wonderful place to be with its shade and cool breeze. Now we'll begin to spend more time out here in the evenings with the warm sun shining during cool fall days. We love sitting on the front porch swing, watching the sunset and listening to happy little girls chatter away. During the summer it can be a tad too warm... but now, now it will be just right.
Well, I did make it to the farmers market this weekend for pumpkins and other fall treats. My mom and I were so excited as we had a little time for a trip just the two of us. Unfortunately, it started raining as we left and we rushed through our stops, driving home less than an hour later with it pouring rain and storming too! I was laughing so hard, trying to lug my pumpkins to the porch with the rain coming down in buckets, and bobbing for recently purchased apples in a huge rain puddle as (naturally) they had all fallen out in my haste. By the time I got to the door, I was so soaked my clothes were literally hanging and I was still laughing! That was just the beginning of my rain-drenched clothes this last weekend...
Anyway, I finally filled our front porch planters with pansies. Justus helped me plant the five flats (in the rain again) and they look so pretty.
Every year I say this, but... next year I really want to try to grow our own heirloom pumpkins. I think if I had a bounty of pumpkins, I would have them everywhere during the fall! All shapes and colors, I love them.
The neatest thing happened a couple months ago. I didn't write about it, but one day we heard a knock at our door and it was the sweetest couple that stopped by to introduce themselves. The man had spent his childhood in this house as it belonged to his parents. His wife told me that there was a swing hanging in the exact spot we hung ours, and as as they came to visit later in life, with their own children, she would sit on the swing and watch them play. I loved getting to hear some of their stories (I knew this was a special house) and now every time I sit on our swing I think of other generations sitting in that same spot, likely enjoying the same things I do.
P.S. We decorated our flower stand too! Thought you might like to take a peek. ;-)