Category Archives: Autumn

Roses in November…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fair Lakes Fairfax VANovember thus far has been full of surprises as we have had several frosts along with some warm and humid weather days…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Nov blooms

having flowers still blooming in our garden this time of year is a treat…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz roses in November

 these sweet pink roses always make us a bit sentimental

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz autumn leaves

the leaves are falling fast and soon only the bones of the garden will be visible until springtime rolls around again…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz changing seasons

I do enjoy the rhythm of the seasons…

Magpie's Nest Chair on back porch

here’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz ice on birdbath

“In November, the earth is growing quiet.  It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures.  The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.” -Cynthia Rylant

Build…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Wooden Church Sterling VAinspired by a sweet little country church that has been turned into a landscaping business…

church 2as a bigger and more modern church probably was built to take its place…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Trio of arches

the peeling white wood and arch windows are so pleasing to me reminding me of the little wooden church Mr Magpie and I were married in so many years ago…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz art journal pagesI created two more pages in one of my art journals…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz ArchitectureSheila‘s fab theme of Architecture over at Art Journal Journey this month has had my wheels turning…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Build arch windowand I have been fiddling with cutting out magazine letters to create words lately…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BUILD art journal pagesI had to laugh at myself as I spelled and spelled again focusing while sitting in front of the tv to be sure I spelled the words correctly as I glued each letter in place and that I did not breathe too heavily  which could have sent the letters flying…

Magpie's Nest Spooky Black n Whitesince I am still staying close to home with my banged up toe Mr Magpie has been snapping lots of photos for me and I play with some of them with my iPhone apps…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz iphoneography“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.” ~Hal Borland

pinkies up…

 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Curly Wurly Stone Headthere were days when it seemed like hot summer weather might go on forever…

Magpie's Nest Autumn leaves collage

and then just like that cooler air moved in…

Magpie's Nest Numi Organic Turmeric Tea

the sun tracks lower in the sky and glows warmly in our windows…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz window viewsthere have still been some lovely days for sitting out on our back porch…

Magpie's Nest emptying tea bags

giving me the chance to empty saved tea bags while collecting the pretty papers…

Magpie's Nest Houseplants in

our houseplants are inside now safe from the frost with a top dressing of dried tea leaves…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pinkies up close up pages

I made some time to play with some of those tea bag papers joining in Conny’s Mix it Monthly challenge of  CUPS/BOWLS

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pinkies Up art journal pages

I would also like to join everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday

Magpie's Nest Leaf Mandala

thank you very much for your visit…I hope you are enjoying the season you are in

MiFoC November { Woche/Week 3 – Strasse/Street }

Magpie's Nest Wash DC streets

early on a chilly Saturday morning is a good time to drive the streets of Washington, DC…

Magpie's Nest Wash DC streets (1)

it is not a long trip on Route 50 from our house in Virginia about 25 miles (40 km) to Capitol Hill…

Magpie's Nest Wash DC streets (2)

our capitol dome is under repair with special scaffolding on the rotunda…

Magpie's Nest Wash DC streets (3)

you too can join in Manuela’s “street” photo challenge this week here

MiFoC November { Woche/Week 2 – Dankbar/Thankful }

there is so much to be thankful for in this life and focusing on gratitude has helped me get through many dark days…

Magpie's Nest shadow play

I was charmed by these shadows on a door recently as the November sun dropped low in the sky (it gets dark now around 5pm)…

Jim Szymkowicz under the mushroom

for more “thankful” impressions you can visit here

“The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things . . . the trivial pleasure like cooking, one’s home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.” -Barbara Pym

MiFoC November { Woche/Week 1 – Herbstzeit/Autumn Time }

after a little break Manuela’s Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge is back (everyone is welcome to join in this weekly challenge)…

Autumn Days 2014

 a couple of photos I took with my iPhone on a lovely walk recently using apps to layer them…

~Happy November Dear Ones~

treats for t…

today I am sharing a box of wonderful hand crafted treats that arrived in my mailbox all the way from Germany…

valerie box

I was one of the lucky winners of a giveaway that the lovely and talented Valerie of Bastelmania had recently (Valerie shares her beautiful surroundings along the Rhine River and her passion for creating here on her blog)

Valerie card and art goodies

you’d really have to see these pieces in person to fully appreciate the depth and detail that Valerie puts into everything she makes (also included were some blank tags and a little blank canvas that I have already started playing with)…

DSC02793 eat drink be scary

who knew a plain brown paper bag could be magically transformed with punching and folding and special touches (the color is truer in my second photo below…my iphone and I are still learning to get along)…

little book

above on the left is a sweet little accordian book with a fancy corrugated cardboard cover

DSC02789 Owl

the layers and details on this owl hanging are really wonderful (notice the handmade paper beads and more)…

Magpie's Nest cup of pumpkin

wishing everyone a happy T day along with all of the friends over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s…

“Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up.  What was is not and never again will be; what is is change.” -Edwin Teale

 

Oatlands and the Traveling Tea Cup…

Oatlands Plantation (a National Trust Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark) is a favorite spot of mine that I try and visit as often as possible 

Oatlands view from house

yesterday was a perfectly lovely 68 degree (20 celsius) blue sky day…

Oatlands Gazebo view of ice house

I did not want to miss the chance to get out and enjoy a bit of autumn sunshine even though our Virginia trees seem a bit slow in changing colors so far this year…

1810 Oatlands Greenhouse

the 1810 greenhouse is in the process of being restored and will soon be filled with select plants until next spring…

Oatlands School group lunches

a class of school children was visiting with a large number of them dressed in colonial outfits with their lunches waiting for them on picnic tables outside the walled gardens

Oatlands Blooms and Shadow

these lovely blooms will be resting soon with much cooler temperatures and frost on the way…

Oatlands Vegie and Herb Garden

even though it was the middle of the day and quite sunny I managed to snap a good number of photos…

Traveling T Cup Oatlands Garden

finding spots for the Traveling Tea Cup here and there…

Traveling Tea Cup Gazebo Shadows

hope you are enjoying the season you are in…

Oatlands Porch

I am joining Elizabeth for T Tuesday here

Oatlands 1821 Ice House Blacksmith shop Bank Barn

Wordless Wednesday: Forest Gold

Walney Woods Fungi

Walney Woods Fungi (1)

Walney Woods Fungi (2)

Walney Woods Fungi (3)

Walney Woods Fungi (4)

Walney Woods Fungi (5)

Mandala Monday: Ocracoke Island

after our quick trip to California last week we are happy that we could still go away for the beach getaway we scheduled awhile ago…Dunes Hwy 12

the Outer Banks of North Carolina have been a favorite spot for our family for many many years now…view from ferry

we have the nicest memories of tent camping in the park sand dunes…some years renting a house…even borrowing a co workers snazzy RV when our youngest son was just six weeks old…view from Down Creek Harbor View Rental

this time we made reservations on Ocracoke Island which is a short ferry ride from Hatteras Village…Ocracoke Ferry

we are enjoying the peace and quiet of the less than busy summer season here…Star fish mandala (3)

 a lovely heron glass topped table inspired me to create a mandala…Star fish mandala (4)

using some cutlery and pieces from a couple of games along with some artificial leaves we found…Star fish mandala (1)

along with a lovely starfish from our rental home with beautiful water views from all  of the windows…Silver Lake view from house

joining in Dawn’s Mandala Monday and sending you every good and special wish

the bluebird of happiness visited our garden today …

~*~

riding out the perfect storm …

thinking of everyone in Hurricane Sandy‘s path…

 if you don’t hear from me for Tea on Tuesday tomorrow you’ll know we lost power…

hoping for the best as winds will pick up this evening…

thank you so much for all of your good wishes…

~*Take Care Dear Ones*~

do what you must do…

Pixlr is such a fun photo altering tool and so easy even I can use it…

my photo above was transformed with a couple of clicks…