"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fall on the trampy farm

Well fall IS here for sure. 
We've even cranked up the woodstove 
(after removing last years sad trapped birdie carcasses)!
We've had cold rains and blustery days mixed with a few gorgeous rays of slanting sun...

Last weekend was gorgeous and busy. 
We played n worked w/ponies and pumpkins.
Jack rode his bike without training wheels thanks to his big sister's extremely patient help!!!
I shed several tears over the sweetness of that picture as they practiced in our ring for hours. 

And several more when I realized he didn't need me to help...

 I don't know if it's because of the severe drought we'd had but lots of things (soybeans, corn, TREES) look plain dried up n dead instead of slowly changing colors...
 I might have mentioned; I love color. 
I do not really like brown. Or gray. Or black.
IN. MY. House.
Outside they're better... Especially w/a hint o red!

I do admire black in others' homes tho.
Lotsa classy ladies do great things with those neutrals! 
They paint n decorate their elegant n sophisticated homes with a refined pallet that mimicks a muted mother nature.

Not me.

I mimmick mother natures garish, trampy side!
(Well, ok, not me ~ my farm!)
You already know my barns sport shocking red lipstick.
So I'm fighting this grey fall.

I added orange ribbon with yellow polka dots everywhere... 

I got out some of the last spray painting projects of the year.
Brown baskets became white. 
Rustic shutters went red.

These are a nod to Donna who challenged us to paint something a fun new color...
(She's got 3,000 followers now at Funky Junk Interiors!)
I'd actually really appreciated the great old patina and hesitated -for a YEAR.
Glad she gave me the go ahead.
And I can always flip 'em over to get the neutral look that works w/my Thanksgiving decor....

My vintage red metal chairs were too tame against the old bricks...
So I went w/the outdoor fabric & wildflower blue spray paint.

LOVE my trampy, happy farm.
Hope you've begun to decorate YOUR way!


WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Beautiful post, Leslie. Love the pictures of the little ones ...what sweet memories you will all have of this day!

MamaMonki said...

Love love love the colors you use. I'm coveting the red shutters although I could never do a sunflower display as beautiful and I dream of finding some of those old metal chairs at a super low thrift store price or even better free.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Pics, Leslie! We have used the heater a couple of times as well! I'm sad to see summer go but I love fall!

Florence said...

I so resist fall decorating as the oranges are not colors I like to work with, oh well I must get with it. Have a great week. Florence

Flartus said...

You're doing a great job bringing the color to your fall! Are those osage oranges? I haven't seen them for more years than I care to count.

That must be tough learning to ride a bike on grass. Now he'll be ready for any terrain.

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Oh my gosh, your house makes me happy! I love that yellow door!~ Colors sure come to life at this time of the year, don't they? I'd take a mixed up mash of color and style anytime over something all pristine and new.

Rural Revival said...

Leslie, Everything looks so beautiful and I LOVE the red shutters!

Happy Weekend!
PS. I love colour too!

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

Love that yellow door! And the barred rock ~ we have several ~ love them. Great colors, everything looks great!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

It looks wonderful...I see you are using some of the blue I am using also...it and red are my new colors and even my oak is getting a face lift.
Oh, I love that Jack learned how to ride without training wheels...the picture is just precious!!!

Well my four year old fell last night at the playground and broke his leg...so after six children I am experiencing a first!! This will be interesting, but sad since he will miss his class.

Still praying for you all and McKenzie...

Polly said...

fabulous photos! Such a warm color palette of such a lovely home! The pictures of your son riding his bike made me want to go hug my youngest who is almost 6 and has no desire to ride without training wheels anytime soon. I will relish his youth that much more. thank you!

Vintage Country Girl said...

LOVE EVERYTHING!!!! What great colors. I thought all ya'll out east had great fall colors...at least more so than us Midwestern folks. Can I come for a visit? Everything looks so homey and beautiful. Great job!

Farmchick said...

I love all the pictures...such fun to look at. I swear I commented on this post already but I don't see it here??? Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog....and for the comments too. Hope you can come back for a visit soon. :)

Lori said...

Look at all those bright n cheery colors....Just like you : )

Val said...

Love those blue chairs....I am a big vintage fan.