A Sense of Autumn ( simple fall touches )

September 29, 2011


I don't know if I am a nurturer (according to a psychology test I took recently) , but I do love organic vegetables, golden retrievers (OK, chocolate Labradors precisely),  wood fires, unique handmade clothing ...
I do love the smell of bread baked in an oven and adore throwing parties in my kitchen.
I am crazy for all of my mom's pies and her strong espresso.
I do love walking through the autumn woods and collecting "treasures" the way squirrels gather nuts. 
My main source of inspiration has always been NATURE 
and
yes, maybe Autumn is my season and " best suits my personality "
and my decorating style -
warm neutrals, earthy colors.

BUT

there seems to be something profoundly different about hitting the autumn of our years .

I am not thinking about the sense of accomplishment and the peak of our years, but rather the liberation of some of the pesky baggage of youth, the elimination of the petty of our experience, the spiritual balance and relatively stable emotional well-being, the lack of personal vanity and care about what others think. As I grow I learn more and" if I stayed at twenty - two I'd always be as ignorant as I was at twenty -two ".

Yes, maybe Autumn is my season.
I am getting sentimental. Our home is full of cherished collections and photographs, not only family photos (some printed in sepia for a vintage look), but all sort of old pictures of places I have been and people I don't even know.  I want the home we breathe in to be simple and to reflect us.  Here life is lived in affable surrounding that provide a place of cozy relaxation, of gathering together on good company, of pausing with an interesting book, of sinking into natural comfort and of finding ourselves considering  just how blessed we are.  

Yes,  Autumn is my season. 
 As I grow,  I see renewed possibilities about the future. And it's absolutely true that "autumn is a hopeful time: it reminds us that this year's harvest was last year's seed ."





I recently painted this old , really old  trunk in white and I am happy with the outcome. 






These pretty leaves are small seasonal touches to the old vintage photos .












 In some way Professor Morrie's words comes to mind: 
" The truth is,  part of me is every age, I am a three-year old, I am a five-year old,  I am a thirty-seven- year-old. I am a fifty-year-old. I've been through all of them, and I know what it's like. I delight in being a child when it's appropriate to be a child. I delight in being a wise old man when it's appropriate to be a wise old man. Think of all I can be! I am every age, up to my own ...
How can I be envious of where you are ----- when I've been there myself?"












May this season be a special one for you !

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23 comments

  1. You have outdone yourself, such gorgeous images. I too am getting truly sentimental as I age, but perhaps it is meant to be, it reminds us of what really matters.

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  2. Your photos are absolutely amazing.

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  3. Simply. Stunning. Post!!! :D Your photography would make anyone excited about autumn! :D

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  4. What a beautiful post. While I might be in the autumn of my life, inside it feels more like midsummer :)

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  5. Lovely thoughts & images, Sylvia! Enjoy this wonderful time!
    Hugs,
    Zuzu

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  6. every one of these photo's is amazing, the composition, finishing, textures etc are wonderful, I really enjoyed visiting you :)

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  7. Precious Sylvia,

    Thank you for coming to visit me today dearest! Yes, I lost my post that I was working on to honor a great friend, and being so tired last night, I just could not go on! But that is the way Blogger has been behaving lately! OH how your photos are so beautiful and those pears....my favorite Fall icon!

    Much love, Anita

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  8. Hello Sylvia,
    oh my, your post is so full of lovely photos. I love the one with the pears. Simple, delicious and beautyful! Love the white pumpkins, too. And fall is such a pretty season!
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  9. Beautiful photos, music ... what a lovely space your blog is!

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  10. What a profound and beautiful post, dear Sylvia!
    I, too, am at that point in life, and I have similar thoughts. :)
    You are certainly a nurturer of our souls!

    Hugs to you,
    - Irina

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  11. Sylvia,
    Your photos are so beautiful!! I love the words with the pictures too! Just gorgeous! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  12. Your pictures are beautiful, thank you for the inspiration. I'm a new follower.

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  13. Sweet and simple is always better. Throw in some stunning photos.....and you've got a beautiful post! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  14. Love your philosophy, and your images are stunning. I'm in love with them all!

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  15. Ahhhh....I have just has the most lovely visit! Your images are beautiful...as is your entire blog! I love your sense of style...of simplicity...such beauty here! And by the way, I love the age quote...I'll keep that in mind as I try to find my way through my 50s! And....the piano music is lovely! Thank you!

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  16. You know I am walking
    this autumn season in our
    lives right along with you.
    If you asked my family one
    of my favorite words, it would
    be COZY, which is certainly
    autumn. Love your yummy
    photos, Sylvia! Let's savor
    our autumns, shall we?
    xx Suzanne

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  17. Wonderful photos as ALWAYS but I think I most love the sense of nostalgia in this post. I too think Autumn is by far the most sentimental and often most romantic time of the year and you capture those qualities beautifully.

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  18. Your photos are so gorgeous - I signed up to follow you immediately! So soft but detailed. Beautiful!

    And I love the sentiment of your words too. You've left me thinking....

    Thank you for linking up to Modern Country Style's Fall In Love link party!

    Sarahx

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  19. These photos put me in a melancholy mood. So pretty! Thanks for linking up.

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  20. Dearest Sylvia,

    Thank you, my dear, for your visit, for your kindness. And you are so right, precious Anita has led me to such wonderful blog friends!
    Friendship is a treasure...
    Are those photos above of your lovely grandmothers?

    A bautiful day to you,
    - Irina

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  21. This is a BEAUTIFUL post...
    Lovely words and gorgeous pictures...
    Have a beautiful Autumn Day~
    Lisa Moran
    Bilancia Designs

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