Monday, September 08, 2008

Happy Fall

So the leaves are dropping from my maples already and there is a crispness to air that lets me know fall is coming.. Woot!

We spent Sunday finally finishing the fence repair. The fence in the way back was missing three segments we had brought forward to repair the front fence which went down by the fall of the tree. The pups would seek out that space of the missing segments and on more than one occasion escaped. Very frightening. Then they would take off into the woods, who can blame them? They are dogs and the woods have wonderful smells. So we all replaced the 24 feet of wood fence and put up nearly 150 feet of a plastic barrier fence at the tree line. When we were done and let the dogs loose they went right for the old spots which now did not exist. They were quite happy to be running and not getting scolded.
We have quite a lot of varied vegetation around the place and came across a very spooky mystical grove formed by grapevines.
There are grapes and many many ink berries. Poisonous but used for ink so you can only imagine the numerous reminders of do not step on them. They are so pretty though and even the stalks are colorful.
So here is the barn(right) and the house from the treeline.
We have 60 or so feet into the woods as well. It is a long walk and the puppies are loving the freedom to run. However Oliver and I were at the tree line and couldn't find Phineas...hmm...he always hides in the lilac grove or here by the trees,where could he be......... there he is sitting back at the house...go figure.
We are planning to paint the house our self and need to have it power washed first, Then we will scrape and assess the clapboards(may are original)put up gingerbread and paint. I am hoping it is done before Thanksgiving. I have to paint the high spots as DH has a fear of heights like that. I think the colors we have finally settled on are dove grey for the house and posts and navy and burgundy for the gingerbread and trim, charcoal for the porch deck and navy for the ceiling. It will be a spookyish Victorian painted lady. I want to plant some lavender and burgundy flowers around. We have picked out a Victorian lamppost and porch light as well. The door will be replaced with a burgundy steel door. It should be grand and will look so lovely for Christmas.

The barn should have a cupola and as luck would have it our neighbor has one he procured from a local barn and cannot use. We are negotiating getting it from him.

This is the parlor tin ceiling, It will be leather brown with a bronze or silver molding...... the step, mottled part will be blue matching the woodwork. This is the wallpaper. Of course we will then need to think about a new living room set. We need to put wall lights as there is no overhead lighting, the wires are there but sealed off and very old. Maybe down the road we will rewire but not right now.
The squash growing in the fire pit is actually a pumpkin!!! Look! Seems although the blossoms are many the pumpkin is singular. DH says it takes a lot of energy to grow the pumpkin so the plants mange only a few. The fire pit will be gone when we put the deck up but I think I want a pumpkin patch next year. How cool would that be?
I purchased a skein of Wollmeise from a Ravelryer. Isn't it lovely? I also received Zenzi from Claudia and will add a pic later. The Sock Club has shipped and I am so excited as the first two skeins are gorgeous!!!! I will post when I receive them.

I was fortunate enough to get a skein of CTH Limited Colorway for September, from the Loopy Ewe . It is Burnished Berries, isn't it so fall? I also received the September Sock Club shipment from LE. Lordy!!! EVERYTHING is ta die for. The yarn is Sknitches, the pattern is Cookie A. and that most adorable little book is post its!!!

I am making the Big Ivy Scarf from Knitscene
...I fell in love with it and wanted it so badly, most of the yarn is from my stash. Berocco Ultra Alpaca, it should be toasty warm. I received my partners for both No More Humdrum Mittens Swap 3 and Punk Rock Gift Exchange. I already know the mittens I will make and have most of the items accumulated to ship out for the first box for the PRGE. I have done both swaps several times before and love them.

OK ,so that is it for now...just wanted to end on an AWWWWWWWW so cute note..

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