Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Days on the Porch

 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. 

Hope you have a lovely fall week!

P.S.  We decorated our flower stand too!  Thought you might like to take a peek.  ;-)


  1. Your front porch is so welcoming with your Fall pumpkins and flowers. How special to meet some of the folks that lived there too. Cute autumnal display for your flower stand. Kathleen in Az

  2. What a wonderful, wonderful post! Your porch is so lovely. You can move outside now and we will soon abandon ours because it is too cold to sit out there even with a blanket.

    That story about the couple puts a lump in my throat. I bet they were happy to see that the house was so loved and cared for.

    Your stand is ADORABLE...xo Diana ps. Every year I say I am going to grow heirloom pumpkins, too. lol

  3. I put in a heirloom pumpkin plant and it's really growing and blooming, but the blooms fall off and therefore NO PUMPKINS. Your porch looks lovely with all your pretty pumpkins and I love the rockers and swing.
    I got goose bumps about the people that lived in your home - how very special. I know they loved how beautiful it is now.
    Have a great week and enjoy your porch.

  4. How fun to have the couple stop and share stories of your home. I bet it made them feel so happy to see how you love and take care of the house. Your fall porch is really cute! You and the girls would love planting and watching pumpkins grow. We have good luck with pumpkins here and the kids like to pick their own out. Doesn't take too long and the vines keep most of the weeds out. Enjoy your porch and pansies!

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    1. Love your porch and the pansies and the Farm Fresh stand- oh, I guess I just love everything! You really have a way with words and decorating! Kathy in CO

  6. Love your porch, something we don't have really here in the UK, I have managed however to get some pumpkins in different sizes though, and the Farm stand is fanastic!x


  7. Love your story about the family that used to live in your home! Beautiful pictures, too!

  8. How wonderful that you met the family that once lived in the house...and I am sure that they are so happy that you are giving their childhood home such tender loving care....I am sure every time you swing in your porch swing, you will have fond memories of your visitors and how their mother loved that porch that you so beautifully decorate for each season...and LOVE your flower stand!!!....

  9. Your porch looks like a great place to enjoy the season. I, like you wish I could grow more pumpkins every year. This year was terrible weather here for them. I did manage to get at least a bucket full of tiny pumpkins and a handful of large ones to grow. Here's to next year!

  10. Andrea, how wonderful to meet one of those who has lived in your house as a child! I know it was a special visit which will resonate with you and your family as you live and make memories there, too. I am already anticipating my garden for next year. We planted pumpkins this year and one of them was a heirloom pie pumpkin. Considering our weather and being newbies this year to our area, we did have some to show for our efforts!
    I always love seeing your posts and hearing about the things you and your Mom do around your homes. And, most of all. I love that flower cart!

    Take care.


  11. Your porch looks lovely - like something from the pages of a magazine. Here, in the northeast, it seems most of the leaves have begun falling from the trees and our mums and pumpkins are starting to look a bit worn out. Enjoy the beauty of the season.


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