Autumn days.

We have so many apples off our trees, we have been busy making apple pie, apple cider, and apple sauce.

Apple Tart, hot from the oven....

We have a lot of green tomatoes, in addition to the ripe ones.

Julia made this Green Tomato Relish. It turned out wonderful!

We have been putting them on the window sill to ripen too.

Lots of knitting being done,as the weather grows cooler...

~Fall flowers~

I grew mums in a pot this year,and was rather surprised when they actually bloomed! (not big ones, but they were a lovely color).

Knitted projects in the making~some for Christmas....

A sleepy kitty.
One of Tip's newest additions to our animal family.

Nicholai, reading.

Celeisa, with her Curious George.

Aimaija knits...

The Block Builders.

Making block towers and creations.

We have been reading through The Wind In The Willows lately, and as always, very much enjoying reading it. The rich writing style, and all the adventures along the River Bank, the food, the hominess of it all~not to mention Ratty, Mole, Badger, and (of course!), Mr. Toad.

"The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring- cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. 
Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said `Bother!' and `O blow!' and also `Hang spring-cleaning!' and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat.
Something up above was calling him imperiously, and he made for the steep little tunnel which answered in his case to the gravelled carriage-drive owned by animals whose residences are nearer to the sun and air. So he scraped and scratched and scrabbled and scrooged and then he scrooged again and scrabbled and scratched and scraped, working busily with his little paws and muttering to himself, `Up we go! Up we go!' till at last, pop! his snout came out into the sunlight, and he found himself rolling in the warm grass of a great meadow.
`This is fine!' he said to himself. `This is better than whitewashing!' The sunshine struck hot on his fur, soft breezes caressed his heated brow, and after the seclusion of the cellarage he had lived in so long the carol of happy birds fell on his dulled hearing almost like a shout. Jumping off all his four legs at once, in the joy of living and the delight of spring without its cleaning, he pursued his way across the meadow till he reached the hedge on the further side...."

( and a wonderful article on The Wind In The Willows)

Paper Art.

Sophia knits...

A happy kitty.

Wood to be chopped.

A lovely, after-the-rain-rainbow.

"The trial of faith is a test of its degree. We know not what faith we possess, until the Lord calls it into exercise; we may be greatly deceived as to its nature and degree; to walk upon the stormy water may be thought by us an easy thing; to witness for Christ, no hard matter: but the Lord brings our faith to the test. He bids us come to Him upon the water, and then we begin to sink; He suffers us to be assailed by our enemies, and we shrink from the cross; He puts our faith to the trial, and then we learn how little we possess."

Octavius Winslow


  1. beautiful, peaceful days. love.

  2. I really enjoy looking in on your quiet days at home, making and doing so much. That apple tart looks devine!
    Happy days.


  3. I really like green tomato relish--fried green tomatoes are also a favorite in our house. :-)

    Loved the paper art picture!

  4. Oh this made me so sad! To see you all on the blog and not in person!

    Give your Momma my love and tell her that I hope she is well now!


  5. Thinking of making some green tomato relish myself - I put jalapenos in mine, we like it zesty! Here it has been soooo pretty - although a little warmer than what I like - 80 or so during the day. Yay for apples - we have been eating HoneyCrisps. They are very good. Love you all muchly - Give everyone a big hug for me - Raquel XoxoxoxoxXoxoxooxoxxO

  6. Such a lovely glimpse into your daily life. You've inspired me to try seom Green Tomato relish with my many green tomatoes :) and to play an audio version of Wind in the Willows as I work on it. One of my all-time favourite books!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing. I am envying you the autumn as well as the apples. Apples do not grow well here.



  8. I loved the passage you shared. Makes me want to read the whole book! And your apple tart looks precisely like what I tried but never managed to attain.

  9. Where did you get the pattern for the cute little doll that is knitted?And I love your blog, it is so inspiring,and fills me with such peace when I visit.


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