Falling

My favorite wedding leftovers are fall branches. A big vase in my bedroom makes a tree in miniature, crumpling just like outside. Wedding work hasn't slowed yet, but instead has focused into intense bouts. One of my favorite friends was married a week ago and this coming weekend is an event that will bring me and 5 of my nearest and dearest assistants upstate. I'm holding my breath for the bottle of wine that will happen Saturday night at my grandfather's house. Fire in the fireplace. All that.

A few weeks back I stumbled upon a wasp's nest on a branch at the flower market, up for sale by a farmer in New Jersey. He told me he'd never finds them and especially so well preserved. I cradled it like a new born baby, skipped out of going to dinner that week and have been staring at it every chance I get. 

Fall is happening here, my collection of dried bits is growing and my houseplants are finally getting a break from the heat. Cider doughnuts and apple picking happened. The season's first shivers, too and a boatload of new old boyfriend sweaters were purchased. Tights have debuted. Leaves got stuck in my forever tangled hair and hot coffee is sounding better than cold. Hold on tight, fall. You are being very nice to me this year.

31 comments:

  1. this all sounds so lovely. making for an even happier tuesday. thank you!

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  2. It sounds like it is being very nice to you! Sounds lovely, in fact.
    Your writing always makes my day brighter ~ enjoy this weekend!
    Sarah

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  3. I think this is the quintessential fall post! Love everything in it and about it! Your photos always capture just the right mood and tone. I'm a big fan!

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  4. Your post brought back memories, I used to live in the States as a child, and remember the wasps nests so well, I too was fascinated, the intricate swirls and the way they wrapped their home around anything that stood in their way. Divine words too.

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  5. That's pretty weird, I was wondering how I could pinch some branches from a park this afternoon, and so am going tooled up tomorrow afternoon. I too am planning a bedroom filled with dried up dead leaves to bring the seasonal crunch and soft golden brown hues inside. Oh I love October so, Happy Autumn Amy :)

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  6. I am so glad that fall is here too! I hope it sticks around for a while, and winter takes it's time arriving!

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  7. Thanks again for continuing to bring me to a sentimental place. I'm having trouble loving fall right now because I find myself out of sorts, recently graduated from college and living with my aunt and uncle while looking for a place on a budget tighter than your autumn tights. I find that life isn't automatically fun anymore like it was in the past--I have to seek out the fun and the things that matter to me, instead of them coming to me. You've inspired me to seek out a little bit of autumn just for the happiness of it. Thanks.

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  8. Thank you for the peeks into fall's beauties -

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  9. Beautiful pictures! I would love a Fall wedding too as Fall is my favorite season...

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  10. i love your descriptions! everything sounds so dreamy. i want that branch-tree in my house! actually, i'll take all your plants! i need very much to start planting things in our apartment.

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  11. I just LOVE to read your blog and look at the wonderful pictures !! :)
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  12. Dark & lovely. Perfect autumn.

    Kelly
    http://snow-swept.com

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  13. PAPER WASP NEST.

    HOT COFFEE THYME.

    TIGHTSES.

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  14. Oh this makes me want to make mulled wine!

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  15. Your apartment is looking beautiful! It reminds me that I should add another plant to my collection here (I've only got ONE right now!). Fall has arrived in Houston and that means that I can wear jeans when the sun goes down and maybe a cardigan. I've also been eyeing these boots:
    http://www.zappos.com/franco-sarto-opera-saddle-calf?zlfid=a9

    Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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  16. Oooh, the foxglove card from the garden game! That was by far my favourite board game when I was a kid...

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  17. Tights. Now, there's an idea. I've lost some weight, and I might just NOT look like an overripe five year old in them this year. Tights.... hmmmmmm.... will also have to invest in skirts of some sort that will show off the tights.... now see what you've started?

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  18. simply love your blog! :))

    http://whateverkeepsmegoing.blogspot.com/

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  19. I ABSOLUTLY can NOT wait to see what you do in the winter with Pine! I swear if/when I ever get married I am hiring you to do the flowers! I want something with pine :) this holday/season look reminds me of whats to come :)

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  20. I love your blog so much, it's adorable. These pictures are so sweet too.. following!

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  21. hey there, sounds like you might be a lover of dried flowers and plants like myself! have you heard of "straw flowers"? i dont know their actual name, but these lovelies stay the same vibrant colour after theyve been dried (hung upside down in doors or in the sun) Im sure they would be a lovely addition to your naturalist-inspired decorating :)

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  22. Unless I"m mistaken, this is a hornets' nest. Colloquially, these are lumped together, and hornets are referred to as wasps. But technically, this beauty is a hornet's nest.

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  23. The farmer told me it was a black wasp's nest, like so.... http://www.flickr.com/photos/steven_king/3779787878/

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  24. hello! I would love to know what plant that is in the third photo with the gorgeous green leaves.. Beautiful.

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  25. oh! You have a caladium! I bought this plant for the flower shop where I work, but is very weak. The leaves are turning to white... What about your caladium?

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  26. your blog is so, so beautiful!!

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