Friday, December 7, 2012

Natural Elements of Home

We enjoy our outdoor laundry room...
Dashing back and forth, with warm, fresh clothes in hand--
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Hearing the familiar sounds of family conversation and laughter...
'tis the everyday comforts of home.
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The warm tones and textures of well-loved baskets.
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In the kitchen, preparations begin for a hearty stew for dinner...
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Near the woods, my mother gathers wild pear leaves.
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 We couldn't forget about the pinecones!
They're for the wreath we'll make soon.
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I walked with my mother as we gathered up decorations, and glanced back at the cottage-- it's view surrounded by the beautiful colors and plants of the season.
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Soon enough, the basket was full to overflowing with berries, leaves, & branches.
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On the front porch, cheerful blossoms greet us at the door.
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This week I had prepared a 19th century gingerbread recipe,
and so my sister took out the batter today, and began to bake!
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Many of these cookies we'll be giving to relatives as we go visiting soon.
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Taking an afternoon break on the porch.
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The dining room table is filled with fragrant pine needles and greenery-- waiting to be arranged and displayed around the hearth and home :)
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I'm so thankful for the beauty of this season, 
All praises go to our Creator--the true artist.