Autumn block finished, originally uploaded by ivoryblushroses.

The Autumn Block will be winging it's way to Lynn in Southern California tomorrow! Congratulations Lynn! Thank you to everyone who participated! It was so enjoyable to work on this block while thinking about all the readers of this blog!

And speaking of winners, I too was a winner! Corey at Tongue in Cheek deemed my answer the most creative in her most recent French Antique Guessing Game! I never would have guessed that they were bottle toppers! Instead, the little figures, a cherub and a rampant lion looked to me like music box dancers! What fun that Corey liked my answer so well that she choose it as the winning creative answer!

Autumn vignette
With the onset of Autumn, I've been doing a little redecorating for the season. The pale aquas of summer are giving way to warm woods, old books and hand dipped beeswax candles. This display looks a little dark and heavy to me, so will get tweaked in the coming days.

Autumn begins 2
The landscape is doing some fall redecorating as well. The wild grasses on the hillside are changing to ochre hues and the oak leaves change to burnished amber tones one branch at a time.
Late wildflowers
The wildflowers have been spectacular this year. Right now, the hillsides are covered with these brilliant yellow flowers.
Wild White Aster
Just off my patio, there are enormous clumps of wild white asters.
White Thistle?
Also off the patio are these white thistle like flowers. They are so delicate looking but have sharp stinging prickles! While many would remove them as a weedy and unpleasant plant, I leave them as they are part of the natural flora and fauna of the area. I delight in seeing the wondrous diversity of nature and how it changes from year to year. Because we had much snow this past winter and a good amount of rain during this monsoon season, things are blooming this year that haven't bloomed in past years. It always amazes me how some of these plants can lie dormant if conditions are not just right and then burst into glorious bloom after years of inactivity!


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