The Autumn leaves hit their peak around our place this week, just stunning. Using my good camera and zooming in on the valley, you can see the bright gold and orange in the early morning sunlight. Driving around the area is gorgeous now, with a lot of crimson red, deep rust and gold leaves everywhere. Settle in for a long and picture heavy post!
Our driveway up the mountainside is covered in leaves, the rain and wind this week brought them down in huge numbers. But enough still remain on the trees to enjoy.
The oak is a russet brown, and behind it is a tulip poplar in bright gold.
This visitor came by over a week ago, and I forgot to show him to you last chat. He’s about 250 pounds, and was interested in the bird feeder. But My Sweet Babboo has redesigned the feeder so it is on a telescoping pole 10 feet off the ground. So, the bear cannot reach it, nor can he shake it down. I got a photo, then we made some noise to scare him off.
He dashed around the garage, then loitered in the back eating some acorns before going further up the mountainside in the back. I hope he keeps going, he needs to get to the high country to hibernate.
On the feeder, a house finch is grateful for the improved accommodations and full buffet.
Oliver showed up for a meal, looking cute.
A chickadee on the left shares the bounty with a nuthatch on the right.
The turkeys are coming by regularly now.
They are still after the acorns, and there are plenty available.
Jack was here begging for a sandwich. They don’t really need the supplemental food now, but I like feeding them little tidbits anyway. Both squirrels are very busy burying acorns and stockpiling. But they will scarf down the sandwiches.
Inside, the Thanksgiving cactus is still going. This gorgeous deep pink appeared this week.
This red one opened up too.
Some of the flowers were fading while others are coming out. After these were done, I plucked off 15 spent blooms and now there are more buds which will bloom in a few days.
While we are in the kitchen, I have to tell you what I did with my black bean soup. I did my usual recipe, but I added a half cup of my Roasted Tomatoes from Autumn Jubilee in the Garden that was left in the refrigerator.
I made my Black Bean Soup with a leftover ham bone, and added the Roasted Tomatoes to it at the end. Yummy!! The black beans can hold up to the strong tomato and basil flavors in the roasted tomatoes, and gives me yet one more way to use those garden gems. Would you like the recipe? Click on Black Bean Roasted Tomato Soup.
On Friday, two more packages arrived for our Safelight Quilts project. Thank you so much to Brenda B who send 35 red and ecru blocks, enough for a whole quilt.
The other package had a bunch of purple blocks, some additional squares and a lovely piece of fabric for more blocks. Thanks so much, Linda, these are perfect!
One last photo to share, this lovely pastoral view is near our home and we get to see it whenever we go into town. The long building is an assisted living center with a small chapel. A few homes dot the landscape to the right, with the barn for two horses at the edge of a large pasture meadow. Rich color in the trees with horses in the meadow is such a pretty scene. I love autumn!
What is happening at your place this week?
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