On Saturday, we traveled a couple of hours south to my cousin's house for an extended family get-together. I always enjoy driving up to my cousin's beautiful house ~ it has such lovely curb appeal. I admire the tall windows on the front and side of the house, as well as the beautiful landscaping.
Another feature of her house I have a soft spot for is on the other side where you walk under a leafy arbor to enter the house through the side door.
We really lucked out with a warm, sunny October day, so we all sat around a bonfire in the middle of the extended driveway and talked and visited with one another. Although I don't think there was too much talking going on when I took this photo because everyone was busy stuffing their faces from the food buffet. Most of the menfolk disappeared indoors shortly after dinner to watch the Cubs baseball game. (And hooray, they won! Just for them to be in the playoffs is amazing. Ahem. And my Cubs-loving hubby is thrilled.)
When the sun started going down though, boy, did it get cold quickly! Another cousin showed us the proper way to keep warm. ;-)
Speaking of the sun going down, my cousin's house is surrounded by farmland and we were graced with the most beautiful sunset.
As the evening grew darker, the sky became more vivid...
to the point where it looked like the sky was on fire.
And then it went back to pinkish tones before going completely dark.
Sunday was another one of those perfect warm, sunny fall days where it makes you wish fall would never end. I took a little drive to a farm called Ginger Blossom. The owner travels the world and brings back all kinds of goods...rugs, bedding, sweaters, blouses, scarves, antiques and home decor.
There's several little cottages on the property, each one filled with ethnic goods and materials.
The barn is filled to the rafters with antiques, glassware, decor and furniture from all over the world.
Not sure if this outdoor elephant sculpture was for sale, but I thought the grasses behind it were so beautiful. Don't you just love that white plumage - it looks like bird feathers!
There was a wonderful variety of pumpkins and gourds for sale, too though I didn't bring any home with me. I did bring home locally-made cheese and raw honey.
Hope you had a good weekend, too!