"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Truly autumn.....

Don't you just love a rainy Sunday evening at home? Light a few candles and cover up with a warm blanket. What could be better?

When I was driving home from the hospital two weeks ago, I decided to stop in at a garden center that I love going to. They have the most wonderful displays in the autumn and winter. I always leave there with inspiration for my own home and garden.

So when I spotted these three lanterns, I was thrilled. This is the same garden center where I bought my mirror. As you can see, the mirror is darkening with time. I am sure these lanterns will too. They were in the little mark down room and I bargained with the lady if I took all three of them at once. There is nothing wrong with them but they were the last three they had of this model. I will create a different arrangement in them with each season. And for autumn? I placed a handful of leaves from my maple tree, a gourd and a candle. I used a tea light in a glass holder to avoid anything catching fire. I just love these and the pretty effect of autumn light on a rainy evening.

We are supposed to get some heavy winds this week so I expect the trees to empty of their beautiful leaves this week. We enjoyed all the color this weekend up at Cranberry Cottage. I think our warm and dry summer gave us nicer color this year. We had to drive through the countryside on Saturday so I could run a special errand for my blogging friend Tam. We really enjoyed the drive! And the errand? It was a success Tam and now I will email you for your address so I can send it off to you this week. *grins*

This photo is on the brink (village green) of Dwingeloo where we stopped for a cup of coffee and treat on the way back to the cottage.

How was your weekend?


Nancy said...

Your lanterns are so cute. You always find neat things at the garden center. A little bird just told me you had apple strudel while driving around the cottage area. Yummmmmmm.
Love you, Mom
Thanks little birdie Jos.

Carolien said...

Hello Heidi!

Your lanterns are beautiful!
Yes, it's time to sit, read and have a warm chocolate or tea ...
I will post about your visit later, will have to find a camera that works! Aaarggh ... :)

Have a nice week & thanks for 'the mediation' concerning the poncho's!

Hugs, Carolien

Sonja said...

Mooi geheel is dat geworden! Lantaarns en spiegel doen het mooi samen! Ja, de herfst is nu op z'n mooist. Het 'sneeuwt herfstbladeren', dus de bomen zullen binnenkort wel leeg zijn…

(PS Wat betekent errand?)

Rhonda said...

Our weekend was sweet and I even already blogged about it.

your lanterns are beautiful, I can just imagine how pretty they are in person.

Fluitenkruid said...

Met al die ritjes naar het ziekenhuis heb je die mooie lantaarns wel verdiend. Heerlijk, ik heb er ook een paar binnen en buiten staan en het is fijn om er 's avonds naar te kijken.
Hoe gaat het nu met je?
groetjes Jannet

Tammy said...

Love the lanterns Heidi! Your decorating is always so beautiful.
Thank you so much for taking your little detour through the countryside for me....I so appreciate your help in finding what I needed for my Mom's gift.

Reginas Cottage said...

Hello Heidi,
your lanterns are wonderful.I think
it looks so nice in your garden.
Yes, it's time for cosy evenings,with
a cup of tea .......
Have a nice week my friend,
hugs Regina

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Ohhh, those lanterns are glorious! Such a lovely sight to see, come evenings. Love it!

Saskia said...

Love the laterns, i'm looking for two who has the look of my mirror and coathangers. I think I did see them in a store but where to expecive. Well, keep on looking, so I find a bargan as you.
Love this time, with a cup of tea and my sugar free pecan delight chocolat!!
See you wednesday

angelasweby said...

Your three lanterns are like three wise men shining a light and leading the way :>) They are really lovely and a beautiful decorative feature. I'm not surprised you can think of lots of ways of using them. The beautiful Autumn colours shine like burnished gold in the candlelight. A bargain indeed :>)
Now I wonder what your little trip in the countryside was about....hmmm!
Hugs Angela

Anonymous said...

Hi Heidie, we were also having a cosy sunday ...with the rain and the storm we lighted the woodstove and the candles .....Oh, i have been admiring your lanterns!!!! Very usefull for a lot of decorating :)
I am sure that one day will we visit the Cranberry cottage :) At the moment (or already for a very long time :( ) i have a lot of pain in my lowerback...but now i am being treated with a "dry-needling-therapy".
Becaus my lowerback is "worn" i am always in pain but this might be going to relieve the pain a little :)
So next thursday i will have my second treatment!
Say hi to Jos and hope you are doing well at the moment.
Have a nice week, Janneke.

le ciel flamand said...

Ja, ik hou ook van die herfstige huiselijke avonden...
Die lantaarns zien er geweldig uit! Wat een prachtige sfeer!
Groetjes, Annelies

Tracy said...

Beautiful photos, Heidi! Those glowing lanterns are wonderful... I love this time of candle glow and fires in the hearth. It is a cozy time... and that's what we do these evenings--cozy... Happy Days ((HUGS))