Decorating for autumn

DD-19 has been nagging me for quite while. “Mum, I’d really like to have a seasonal table or something like that, so we can celebrate the change of seasons with fresh seasonal decorations.”

She had a point, and really, I’m not averse to having a seasonal table – not at all – but right now, it just isn’t practical. We simply don’t have room for it. Yet.

However, I did like the idea and have been playing around with it in my head ever since she first mentioned it. Then, with autumn setting in, and all the nice blogs I follow showing off pictures of the most gorgeous seasonal arrangements… And then Pinterest following suit, I just had to do something.

But what?

I’d put myself on a diet as to what I can buy new, and new decorations are not included in that diet. I can only buy these secondhand. So I looked at what I had in the house, and spotted two pumpkins. Of course, I just bought them so we could eat them, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t create a little centrepiece around one of them, right?

And wasn’t my backyard just gorgeous, with all those warm autumn colours on display? Purple, yellow, red – and even some gorgeous white flowers. All I needed to do, was walk out into the backyard and get me some cuttings.

Let me tell you, my little kitty was very curious when I came back into the house with those cuttings. She’d never seen me doing anything like that before! And really, what’s more interesting than a few leaves and twigs, eh?

Undeterred by kitty’s curiosity, I set to work, and although I don’t think I’m very good at this kind of thing, I’m actually quite pleased with how my centrepiece came out.

Oh, you’d like to see my backyard?

No problem. I took some pictures. Gorgeous, even if I say so myself. I could look at that all day and still not get bored.

And yes, that’s how curious the little kitty was. She can’t help herself, of course. After all, she’s just a little kitty, and part Maine Coon to boot. It’s really not her fault that she needs to examine everything we bring into her house.

But really, I wouldn’t mind if she didn’t try to eat all my plants. Not that I’ve got many of them, but believe me, my brown thumb isn’t the only reason why I have so few houseplants.

Naughty, naughty, naughty kitty!

So why did I take so many pictures of her, instead of just getting out the spray bottle and teaching her not to touch my centrepiece?

That’s easy. She’s just too cute, and frankly, deep down I don’t really mind. It wasn’t as if that centrepiece was going to be there forever anyway. In fact, it’s destroyed already, as the hubby cut up the pumpkin for me. We’re having it for supper tonight.

Besides, now that I know how, I can always make a new one, can’t I?

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2 Responses to Decorating for autumn

  1. Leah says:

    I'm sorry to hear you cannot keep up with your garden anymore. But from your description, your veranda is lovely. I hope you'll be able to enjoy it for years to come yet.
    And well done on the veggies!


  2. Susan says:

    Job well done! Your centrepiece looks (er…. looked) lovely! And yes your backyard looks so inviting. We ignore our backyard (it is quite long) and just have a man come in every few weeks with a mower and a whipper snipper to magically turn the weeds into a “lawn”. DH has 3 raised beds down there and has good intentions of planting my adored silverbeet and also tomatoes (health permitting). We try and keep up with the pot plants under the verandah though so that we have a nice area to sit. The verandah is enclosed on the sides with trellis on which we have hung old artifacts so it looks quite nice. I remember a time when I spent every free moment in my garden up to my elbows in soil and I loved it. Alas those days are gone and we make do with what we can manage. Today's the day I am doing the vegetable shopping and will let you know if I actually get as far as cutting them up and portioning them into ziplock bags as suggested in my last post.


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