Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

We have a tradition.

Every fall when we go back to the Lakes Region for my favourite State Fair, we end our trip with a visit to Moulton’s Farm to pick out our Halloween pumpkins.

We’ve done this as many years as we’ve lived together, and I’m so happy about it because I love to support local farms — especially this one. Moulton’s is the farm closest to my parents’ house, so my whole childhood we’d get our veggies at this very farm stand (well, the ones that we didn’t grow in our own garden).

I always get really excited to share my favourite local spots with Ryan, and now I get to share them with you, too! Here are the photos from this year:

Do you have a favourite farm for pumpkin picking?


Read Full Post »

I have a fall playlist that I’ve been curating for years.

It changes a little from year to year, but a lot of the songs, because of the warm or spooky feelings they offer, remain the same. When it comes to this time of the year, I find that I really just love to hear lots of pretty acoustic guitars and warm voices. I always love to share this mix so others can enjoy it, too. So here you go!

| My mix is perfect for |

- Carving pumpkins.

- Driving to an apple orchard to do some picking.

- Putting on a tape and listening to in your walkman while you kick around the leaves outside.

- Baking pies.

- Hosting Thanksgiving (or a Harvestfest!)

- Working on your NaNoWriMo story.

- Knitting yourself a new scarf.

- Writing a letter to a good friend who lives far away.

- Any other autumn activity you regularly enjoy.

Please share this with anyone you think will appreciate these tunes!




Read Full Post »

After Thanksgiving, Columbus Day might be my favourite holiday.

It’s certainly not that I greatly admire Mr. Christopher, or that I promote the “conquering” of more undeveloped land in favor of civilization, but my reason for loving this holiday in particular is instead thus: this past weekend typically marks the peak of the fall foliage in New England (except for this year), there is a fantastic little State Fair that I love to attend, and, because my home region feels the most like home in the fall.

In autumn, the electricity in the air is provoking. I can feel all of the creatures in the woodland preparing for winter. The leaves tenderly flutter from their branches to form a colourful blanket on the ground. It seems like an entire mountain can be soundless when you walk through its trees — somehow the only sound is that of feet on dirt. And the water looks cold… It looks so cold that I shiver to see it, and snuggle deeper into my scarf and mittens (again, except for this year).

It’s a hard thing to explain, this feeling. Maybe the only way to show you is to show you. So, here is why I love this time of the year:

Now can you see why it’s so hard for me to come back to the city?


Read Full Post »

I’m seeing a lot of mixed prints these days, which makes me really excited!

I love the way such different pieces work together. My two favourites; stripes and plaids. This could partially be because the two prints are exemplary of fall. Until this autumn, I don’t think I’ve ever intentionally mixed my patterns before. Of course, I may have gone a bit liberal with the prints when I was younger, but I think my style is looking a little better these days (if you knew me then, you’re probably chuckling at the thought of my “style” in the past). Don’t feel badly, it’s certainly well deserved.

What do you think of mixed patterns + prints? Do you have any favourite combinations?


Read Full Post »

This summer we took our niece to the Science Center to learn about our climate.

We had so much fun while we were there, watching the mountain lions prowl and the black bears slumber, but I was really saddened to learn that within my lifetime, because of Global Warming, the New England that I have known my whole life will eventually turn into a climate more similar to that of North Carolina.

We read that the fall foliage that New England is famous for will start to decrease in its beauty year by year, and eventually  the leaf peepers will stop coming, too (some would say this is a mixed blessing). And the maple trees will never have cold enough weather to produce maple syrup, so we’ll have to live without that, too. The reality of the situation really hit me hard when I saw the display that they had constructed to illustrate the impact of Global Warming in our (literal) neck of the woods.

Anyway, I’m feeling a bit sad about it tonight because I’ll be heading home this weekend for the fair and I’m not sure if it’ll look the same as it always has to me. Yeah, yeah, I’m being a bit sappy here (pun intended), but I just hope all of those trees of mine still look like home. I talked to my mom the other day and she said that the leaves hadn’t really had much of a chance this year mostly because Hurricane Irene blew them all off, but it was a secret fear of mine that I may never see the trees as they used to be.

If every year it’s supposed to get worse and I don’t have this one last season to enjoy them, I’d just be really torn up about it.

Alas, it wasn’t my intention to be the Debbie Downer of your night, and I promise that I’m done. I guess I’m just hoping that everyone is doing their part to lessen the impact we’re having on our globe because no one person can do it alone, and we live in the house we all built.

I hope you’re all doing quite well and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I (really) am.


Read Full Post »

I operate seasonally.

This is something I’ve come to know about myself. In the winter I knit and sew a lot, in the summer I need to be outside, and in the fall I read and write. The weather in New England is as pervasive to my mood as that of Wuthering Heights.

And it seems I’m not the only one. Hello Giggles posted a fantastic piece recently called “Get Thee To A Bookstore Before It’s Too Late“, and as soon as I read the title, I just knew I’d be so fired up about the article.

You see, I’m rather opinionated at times (perhaps you’ve already figured this out on your own). And I just love the atmosphere created when books are stacked and piled and displayed as they are in bookstores and libraries. To think that I’m standing amidst a sea of stories is something akin to standing at the top of a hill during the worst of a storm — it’s powerful, bewildering, and most of all, exciting.

So I do worry about the future of our bookstores these days due to the prevalence of e-books and free/cheap downloads. When I moved to my city just three years ago there were at least five bookstores that I applied to for a job just within walking distance of my house. Since then, not only have three of those five have closed, but so have their locations in other towns, and we all know about the recent Borders disaster, don’t we?

Basically what I’m trying to say is, I think bookstores are simply magical, but they’re in serious danger now that we’re all too lazy to get off of the couch and walk to them. Shall we all decide together that we’ve learned a lesson from The Shop Around The Corner in You’ve Got Mail, and know that the internet will always be here for us, but that our bookstores might not?

After all, autumn is the perfect time for reading…


Read Full Post »

In honor of the first day of fall, I’d like to present you with my very first giveaway!

A lot of the blogs I follow have frequent giveaways where one lucky commenter (in about 200) will get a bag or something. It’s great! I love getting free things! But I comment on just about every single one, and I’ve never actually been the lucky winner. So, I wanted to have a giveaway on my blog where everyone wins.

| If you’re reading this right now, you have won a lovely free download |

My darling writes the most beautiful music. He’s been writing a lot lately and has just started up his own BandCamp. Download a pretty little autumn song for free by clicking this link, then have a look at his page later if you like what you hear. There’s nothing uploaded to his site just yet, but if you check back next week there should be some great songs for you (maybe even with backing vocals by me)!

It’s my way of saying thanks :)

Enjoy, friends! And happy autumn!

xx.  julia

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 403 other followers