Friday, September 25, 2009

Tucking In and Taking Tea.....

Dearest Readers,


It is a very Autumn day here at Honey Hill Farm....perfect for tucking inside and taking tea...bliss.  I am perfectly suited for the fall as I love all things cozy and warm.  Right now we have both woodstoves glowing, the kettle is whistling and a lovely bit of sunshine is peeking into my lace-covered windows.


Dearest and I are celebrating our 27th Wedding Anniversary today.  Our kind-hearted children gave us a gift card to a nice restaurant in town and we will go out for supper.  It will be fun to sit and reminisce about our lives together these past years.


I have been enjoying myself downstairs in my new craft/sewing room, organizing and refining it until I have what suits me best. I am finding that I need to work in there a little while and then move things around until the different workspaces flow seamlessly.  I promise to post pictures as soon as I have everything "just so".


On Wednesday we went to our Darling Girl's adorable little nest and helped her hang up all her lovelies.  She had a very heavy tapestry and a few other hard-to-hang items that needed her Dad's helping hand (and tools). She made us a delicious lunch of Stuffed Pasta (I will ask her for the recipe) and we just looked around and marvelled at all the wonderful touches she brings to each room.  It is so charming and homey...a true delight for the senses. 


Our Darling Boys are enjoying themselves as they experience living the bachelor/student life. Our oldest is "The Cook" and the youngest is the "Cleaner".  They have some very funny stories to share each week when we gather together as a family on Sunday.  (Oh yes, and laundry is "shared" too!)


Hmmmm, what else?  Potted plants hastily brought inside to keep them from frostbite....every windowsill is inhabited, not to mention the tops of side tables.  Summer furniture still in its place as we were caught quite off-guard with this early round of rain, snow and cold. The woodbox, now full, stands ready and waiting to assist us in keeping toasty warm. 


So that is all the news from here on our little foothills homestead...I hope you are enjoying this bountiful Autumn and all its delights.


Yours so kindredly,


Shan


The sweet little picture is from allposters.com

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Art of Dressing Like a Lady.....


Dearest Readers,


I have been remiss in posting about Dressing Like a Lady, so today I thought I would once again visit this subject.


I had Dearest snap a few photos of yours truly going about my day in a simple, but feminine outfit...here I am upstairs in the Master Bathroom.



As the weather is once again in the 80's I opted for a top that I made this summer out of cotton, choosing a skirt that is a lovely tiered peasant-style I bought at Ross for a whopping $8.00!  The ensemble is light and loose fitting, making it easy to complete my housekeeping in style and comfort...not to mention, allowing me to feel feminine and ladylike...


Nothing could be more simple than to slip on a charming outfit and breeze through the day in dainty (yet completely sturdy) fashion.


How are you finding the challenge of Dressing Like a Lady? I do hope you will drop me a note and share your adventure. 


Yours so kindredly,


Shan


Saturday, September 12, 2009

From My Reading Basket.....


Dearest Readers,


I thought I would share the books in my Reading Basket this week, as I am always interested in what other ladies (and gentlemen) are reading.


First and foremost I have reading for my spirit..."The Power of a Praying Wife", by Stormie Omartian.  This is a wonderfully gentle book about the power of prayer in your marriage...I highly recommend it to wives everywhere! (If you would like to order this book from Amazon, please visit my friend Brenda, and order from her Amazon widget...she receives a small credit with each order and it would be a blessing to her.)


Of course, you would expect a couple of Victorian magazines to be tucked in and I won't disappoint you! These are lovely old Victoria magazines that were gifted to me by a dear bloggy friend, Judi...I adore looking at the delightful photos.


Lastly, I have the most charming book"The Riches and Treasures of Home", by Kari Wisdom.  Now, this is one of those books that is so beautiful that you just wish you could climb right in and live there!



Pages of delightful illustrations....


Thoughtful advice for running your home and household the old-fashioned way abound....



Beautiful scripture verses edify and enlighten. A wonderful book to add to your library, I assure you.


So there you have it, my books for this week...well now, I think I shall brew a cup of tea and start reading!


Yours kindredly,


Shan


 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Harvest Blessings Slideshow

Dearest Readers,


What a delight the feeling of Fall brings!  Crisp mornings, cool evenings, falling leaves, the scent of pumpkin and cinnamon coffee...


I adore this season of sweaters and blankets!  I revel in the "tucking in" that compels us to pile on the blankets and put up our heavy velvet curtains.  Firewood is stacked and the larder is full with wonderful jars of home-grown goodness.  Bliss!


Why, even Mrs. Hottentot has decorated her wee front door and is ready for all that Fall has to offer....


What a simply lovely time of year!  I do so hope you are enjoying yourselves, Dear Readers, as you settle in and get cozy in your own sweet homes.


I have put a new little slideshow on the right-hand sidebar, titled Harvest Blessings...just a little tour of all of the Fall Frippery happening here at Honey Hill Farm!


Yours so kindredly,


Shan


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

'Tis the Season.....

Dearest Readers,


Yes, Virginia it is canning season!  I am up to my eyeballs in produce and have been trying every method of "putting up" that I can conjure...canning, drying, freezing and storing produce in the fruit cellar. I will be happy as one can be come this winter when I can open a jar of "summer" and inhale the loveliness of the garden. 


So here is a little picture journal of where I shall be spending much of my time these next few days....








You can be sure that I will "relish" my time spent in pursuit of this most bountiful season.


Yours kindredly,


Shan