Wednesday, September 23, 2009

*~Welcome Autumn*~

The lifestyle Tasha Tudor led was an inspiration. As the mornings grow cool and the leaves begin to turn brilliant colors...I think of her delightful books and find a quiet corner to read and enjoy hot tea. She's inspired me to trade jackets for shawls, lamps for candles, and makes living electricity-free look delightful.

What scents say "Autumn" to you?
I think of pumpkin, apple pie, wood-smoke, chai tea, and orange. Share with me your favorites!

We recently visited with blogger friends who traveled from MN! As a gift, we were given Maple Syrup(from a company in MN) and also Wild Rice! The syrup is *delicious* and both are perfect to celebrate Autumn!

It amazes me how dying leaves are so beautiful and interesting.
I love how artistic our Creator is!


Autumn brings the village of mystical Mushrooms...

This morning I was enjoying the dew-laden grass and truly wild flowers! lol

Yellows and Creams..

It's interesting--I saw the colors(the paint splotches, bright yellow, textures) before realising...I'm looking at a flowering weed in front of abandoned paint cans! I had walked to the very edge of our property(we're still cleaning the mess from the previous home owner) and came across these paint cans and couldn't resist capturing the beauty in the midst of imperfection.

From a dear reader...

"Beautiful pictures! :) I have a 'strange' request... can you take a close picture of cotton blossoms and a plant with cotton on it for me to see? I have never seen either... :P"
*Ms. Clara Van Nattan

A withering cotton blossom... After flowering (in beautful shades of pink and cream) the plant directs the nutrients to the developing Boll, so the flower eventually ceases.

About 50 days after pollination, the Boll starts to open up to expose the Cotton fiber.

The enlargement phase of the Boll lasts approximately 3 weeks

As the capsule walls of the Boll dry, it causes the cells to shrink unevenly. This shrinking causes it to split, then open, to expose the cotton fiber!

The cotton is generally planted 3 plants per foot(per row). And the rows...well, they go on for dozens of acres!

The growth stage takes 140 days--then it's ready to harvest! Cotton is cleaned and spun into thread, then woven into cloth.

Cotton is an amazing plant--I'm hoping to learn how to spin this month using the "drop spindle" method for my own pleasure and re-enactment events!

The little plants have really enjoyed the rain--and have grown! Sorry the rows look so picked over, we try to harvest as often as possible :) There's nothing like home-grown vegetables!

Our family had a "work day" where we all cleaned up around the property or finished up projects. I moved these huge containers into the greenhouse. We'll fill them with water for the plants during the winter. Anyway, I moved all 8 containers in, and dug out areas for them to sit evenly. From the door you can see the steps we dug out..I love how it sits below ground level.

'He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.' Psalm 91:4
A sign of His promise...

Blushing pink...

I anticipate the days ahead :)
As the afternoons get cooler, there will be more recipes posted!



Emily Joy said...

Hi Mia! Just wanted to let you know about the photo challenge I'm hosting over at my blog! Come and enter!

~Emily Joy

Mia said...

Thanks Emily!!

Paulina said...

What beautiful pictures! I was just going to tell you how much you reminded me of Tasha Tudor and then I open up your blog and see that you have a picture of her! How funny! She was such an amazing woman.

Right now, I have a pumpkin spice candle that I absolutely love! It is my inspiration when I sit down to write :)

Hosanna said...

This is beautiful. Autumn seems to be the fastest moving season - one minute it's here, the next, winter is upon us.
Things that mean fall to me....
Cranking up the woodstoves on a chilly evening; Pot roast in the slow cooker; sweaters and things come out of the closet; pumpkin, cider, spices..........ahhhh.

Regan Family Farm said...

Fall is my favorite time of year! As for the candle scent, I pick Hot Maple Butter and Pumpkin Spice. Thanks for inspiring me again with the style of Tasha Tudor...perhaps I shall tie my shawl with a diaper pin! :)

Mia said...

Thank you Paulina :) Yes, I do believe she was truly one-of-a-kind! Pumpkin spice sounds soo warm. Thanks for sharing!

Mia said...

Yes! There's just something about coming home to dinner in the crockpot..perfect on a cool evening :)
Thanks for sharing your favorites!

Nancy said...

Beautiful post. The pictures of cotton brought back so many memories.

Mia said...

Regan Family Farm,
Ahh, Maple butter sounds heavenly!!
Hey, no-one has to know that intricate clasp is a diaper pin!lol
Thank you :)

lady m said...

Dear Mia,

Thank you for sharing your day! My favoriate scent is pumpkin spice, tea - cinnamon spice and of course a nice hot slice of apple pie ~ yumm!!!

I just returned from a fiber festival, and I was introduced to the drop spindle way of spinning. Most of my friends are spinners, but I have yet to try the art ;-)

many blessings to your day,

lady m

Kendra Logan said...

You take such beautiful pictures! You inspire me to look for the beauty and joy in every day things. I can really see the light of our Lord shining through you. Thank you for being such an encouraging blogger!


Lady Farmer said...

Thank you so much for posting the photos of the cotton plant! Like Clara, I have never seen a cotton plant. Your photos and description of the plant was superb! (Oh my, the cotton fields must be so lovely when they are all in bloom with those lucious cream and pink blossoms!)
And your photo of the 'weed and paint cans' was fabulous as well!
Thank you for sharing with us!

Denita TwoDragons said...

Hello from Texas! :-) I've been reading your blog for several months now and you have inspired me and my family to work towards living a simpler life! May God bless you and your family abundantly and keep you all in the palm of His glorious hand!

As for the scents that make me think of Autumn, definitely pumpkin, vanilla, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. And the tangier citrus smells, like grapefruit and lemon, over the sweeter ones like orange and tangerine.

Ahhh, Fall...After a painfully long drought here, the cooler and wetter weather is as welcome as sweet iced tea in the Summer!

Summer :) said...

I LOVE Tasha! She just looks like she was the cutest lady ever. As a fellow watercolor-er,I love her simple paintings. I would love to own all of her books someday.

Smells- Apple cinnamon tea, the smell of an autumn morning- crisp and ripe, cloves, freshly baked homemade wheat bread! :)

Emily Elizabeth said...

I love this post. The cotton is so cute, but I've heard it's a lot of it?
Just thought I'd let you know that I'm having an Autumn Giveaway over at my blog! I love Autumn and I can't wait for our leaves to start dying ;) But really, since Autumn doesn't really come until Winter time down here in Florida, Winter has become my favorite season :)

Lisa Gentry said...

The dress you are wearing in the picture of you looks so nice! Your pictures are great!

Anonymous said...

In Deerfield, Mass there's a candle company called Yankee Candle. We have stores here in Upstate NY. They used to have a candle named Autumn Lodge that was my favorite scent of all time as far as scented candles go. Unfortunately, they discontinued it. I've asked them to bring it back.

Leigh said...

I am having such a wonderful time looking at your blog!!! The pictures alone are amazing! Please keep sharing. It is a blessing to read about a young lady chosing to serve her family!!


HIS daughter said...

I love autumn! To me it is officially here when our family goes to an apple festival/craft bazaar about 10 minutes from our house. It is so much fun and just the smells and sights of the it :)
Also those pics of the cotton plants are really neat! I had never seen one before :)

Christa said...

You have a beautiful Blog! My daughters and I will be following and visiting often.


Clara Van Nattan said...

Dear Mia,
Thank you so much for those pictures of the cotton! It was very sweet of you to post all those pictures and the information about how the plant blossoms and becomes cotton; I am fascinated! I am also extremely interested in the spinning of the cotton, and really hope you will post some pictures as you learn to spin! I have done some wool spinning with an old spinning wheel and found that very interesting... I wonder how different it is to spin cotton?
Again thank you for posting those pictures for me, I really enjoy them!
Lord bless you!
Your sister in Christ,
Clara ((hugs)) :)

Julian said...

wonderful pics mia! looking forward to hearing from you, and your wonderful recipes.

Jenna said...

Hi Mia~
Lovely post! I have your beautiful blog button on my side bar:) Thanks for making it available!

Your sister in Christ,

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Those wild flowers are amazing!

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

Beautiful pictuers Mia! Thank-you for sharing them!
The Maple surup always makes me think of NH. :)

God Bless,


Rani said...

What a glorious season autumn is! Your beautiful photos remind me of the famous English poem 'To Autumn' by John Keats, which I'm sure you have read. 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness...' One of my all time favourite pieces of poetry.

AJ - Texas said...

Happy Autumn ~ Happy Day ~ Oh yes, our Creator is wonderfully artistic ~ Beautiful photos ~ Lovely colors ~

As for scents of the season...homemade cinnamon rolls, hot spiced tea, vanilla candles, and a campfire.

~grinning sigh~ There's just something so ladylike about a shawl. :)

How often do you/your family use candles instead of electric lights? Do you heat the house with wood?

Mia said...

Thank you for the comments! I enjoy reading about what you all love about Autumn..

Dear A.J, I'd like to talk more on this subject, so I'll use this question in my upcoming Q&A post!!

aemi said...

I can't believe it's Autumn already. Here by the Red River, we had hot, dry weather for most of the summer. Suddenly, in September, there came RAIN and COLD! I guess it is officially Fall now. We've had several pleasant, sunny days since then, and also lots of much needed rain. Just enjoying God's blessings. <><

Miss Emily said...
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Miss Emily said...

That was a wonderful post! I loved looking at the beautiful pictures that you put up. And it was neat to see a cotton plant so close up!I love the smell of pumpkin, it's a smell that has always reminds me of autumn, that along with the air getting crisper! Also that's a beautiful dress you have on in that picture! You're such a lovely young lady! God bless!

Miss Jen said...

Awww.... what a lovely post, Mia !!!
I would have to say pumpkin and hot cider
come to mind for fall.... stews, roasts and
rum raisin rice pudding! *smiles* What a
wonderful season it is!!!!

Autumn Blessings to you!
Love ~ Jen

Laura said...

Autumn!!! How I love Autumn . . . My favorite scent is pumpkin ;) Apple cider. I also tend to relate Autumn with lavender sugar cookies. Mmm. Such a yummy season.

Wonderful post, Mia!

buzylady said...

Oh my gosh! very inspiring!

sarah in the woods said...

Beautiful as always!

Melissa M. said...

Beautiful photos! I especially like the last two! :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos as always :)

As for smells that make me feel autumn I would say all those you mentioned as well as spiced hot apple cider and wood burning :)

Have a great autumn!


Trish said...

I love your posts.

Autumn makes me think of pumpkin pie, cinamon, and chai tea, also in NY we grow lots of APPLES so anything apple :)

I intend to go and learn about the woman you posted on thank you for so man interesting thoughts and people!


Anonymous said...

Hello Mia!
I had to do a bit of catching up on your Lovely Blog, as we have a new little member to our family.
Eliza Jane was born on Sept 14t, 2009
I so enjoy reading your blog!
Autumn is my favorite season!
Candles I burn are Pumpkin Pie, Spiced Apple,Spiced Muffins, and Nutmeg.
I always look forward to reading your lovely blog, can't wait to see what you come up with next!
Rhonda From Northern Minnesota :O)

Emily said...

I always feel like I am taking a break from the world when I visit your blog ~ Truly lovely!

I can't wait to see how you learn to spin with cotton. I hope you will show lots of photos in your process.

I love taking walks with you around your lovely place through your photos. Thank you for the wonderful visit today! Hope you are enjoying a lovely Fall day!

Mia said...

Ms. Trish,
I too love apple recipes!!

Ms. Rhonda,
Congratulations, what a blessing :) Thank you, I'm currently working on an upcoming post... :)

Ms. Emily,
How encouraging to hear! Yes, I look forward to sharing with y'all what I learn along the way! Thank you so much :)


American Home said...

What a beautiful way to welcome fall. This is a lovely post. I always enjoy reading your blog. You have a gift for reaching peoples hearts.

The Krahns said...

Hello! I'd never seen cotton plants before either, so that was very interesting...My favorite fall scents are cinnamon, woodsmoke, and whatever we're working on in the kitchen!

Naomi K

Anonymous said...

Hi Mia! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures of the cotton plants. I live in WA state and that's just something we don't get to see here. It's fascinating and I love wearing cotton...

Sunny said...

I adored Tasha Tudor and her simple way of life. It is sad that she is no longer with us, but she left such treasures in her books and paintings.
Sunny :)