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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Around The House And On The Farm

With the First Full Day of Fall I decided to finish off some of my Fall decorations... a beloved collection of black Steiff Halloween cats....
more Halloween..old candles, a lantern, some paper mache....

i love these old owl candles.....


some more owls....




more candles and paper mache....
vintage candles...always a favorite...fun to cruise ebay for....








i love this guy....





here the 2 pumpkin people are from jen murphy of jen murphy bears...and the scarecrow pitcher is from my friend julie of julie whitmore pottery....







julie whitmore pottery....







a pitcher from julie on a stack of ironstone plates and tiny apples....










some old Halloween chocolate molds....










made a few caramel apples from Gopher Glen. when we got to Gopher Glen the chalkboard said they had an apple called SWEET AUTUMN.....what? is that for real? is there REALLY an apple named SWEET AUTUMN...that sounds too good to be true. the lady said it was true..a new variety for this year...well, let me get a bag...and wait just a minute...does that also say LIMBERTWIG? my FAVORITE apple of all. YES...we have LIMBERTWIG today. I asked her aren't they usually ready around Halloween...she said they are early this year..well, give me another bag....Limbertwig are THE BEST for making caramel apples cause the apple is very tart...










so we gathered some apple twigs in the orchard and came home to make caramel sauce.....












what an early Fall treat we have for tonight....













after Gopher Glen we made our way out to The Avila Barn...baskets of apples are everywhere now....
















pumpkins and gourds have arrived.....













what a sight....
















the farmer was just unloading the pumpkins.....


















pumpkins and hay....

















the view from the back of the barn looking towards the Pacific ocean....the ocean is only about 3 minutes away....the sycamores line the creek leading to the sea...they are just starting to turn color.....the field is a pumpkin field...they give tractor rides on the weekends to go and pick out your pumpkin.....



















there he is...he is at The Barn every year..isn't he just adorable...




















i don't know his best side..the back or the front...i think the back.



















another fun day picking out all of Fall's bounty....






















86 comments:

  1. Lovely post! Those halloween chocolate molds are fantastic.

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  2. yeah!!!! you got apples and pumpkins! finally1 i got a bunch too. it is almost 90 degrees here and the stink bugs are swarming. this is soooo awful. this whole part of the country is over run by them. they were imported from china in shipping containers and now they are taking over the country. it is one of the worst tings i have ever experienced. they try to get into your house any way they can even through your dryer vents. now i really need cold weather. ugh!!!!

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  3. ps....your halloween collection is fabulous! sorry, i have stink bugs on my brain!

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  4. Whoa! Pumpkins and caramel apples -- my faves!

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  5. Can I just say, Fall has arrived, especially at Upham Farm. those steiff kitties are so wonderful! But nothing beats those limbertwig caramel apples. You know how I feel about caramel sauce............
    xx
    donkey in the pumpkin pines

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  6. These pictures certainly put me in the "Fall" mood....maybe I will finish my decorating around the house! Have a great day! xoxoxo ~Ashley

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  7. Your halloween collection of kittens, pumpkins, and vintage candles is wonderful. I don't know what a limbertwig apple would taste like, but anything would be good with carmel sauce on it! Have a lovely week-end.

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  8. My grandparents had exactly the same black Steiff cat, the middle-sized one I think, but originally it was wearing a red ribbon. Now I wonder what became of it when we emptied the house after grandma died in 2001 and we had to sell the house...

    Julie, if you happen to read this - the dish with the pumpkin garland on the rim and the pumpkin man in the middle had me go "oh...!" like a little girl entering a toy shop :-)

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  9. I will be getting my pumpkins soon, before they aer all gone...I also need to start decorating, I feel like I am late this year. The caramel apples look yummy!

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  10. What a BEAUTIFUL, motivating, festive inspiration for getting Fall-ified!

    That was better than a Phyllis Hoffman magazine!

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  11. Oh my goodness! I LOVE YOUR DECORATIONS!! Especially the cats and owls! Soooo cute!!! Loved this entry! xxx

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  12. well thanks for getting us into the fall spirit Kary. Never heard of limbertwig apples. hmm.

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  13. Love the decorations you have made they are amazing. Diane

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  14. I love Julie's little dish! That is adorable!

    Your new picture of Teddy on your sidebar is so good! Look how long and grown up he is! :)

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  15. I love your decorations the Black Cats are very very cool! I think my favorites! oxox, Diane

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  16. Oh my! I am overwhelmed with cute and amazingness! You have quite the collection of Halloween decorations... I LOVE them!!! Especially Julie's pottery... I wonder if she's selling any Halloween merchandise this month; I have to check with her blog!
    Once again... WOW

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  17. What great decorations you have. I really like the candy molds. The back end of the donkey was so funny. Great post !!!!

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  18. Fall, glorious Fall...The Halloween decorations mouth watering and heart stopping...love, love, love them. Who could not love a donkey...not I.

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  19. Kary, thanks for stopping by the blog...I have been so out of touch lately and it's nice that things are finally settling down...this summer has been a blur. Looks like you have been very busy. I love your Autumn photos and Teddy is getting to be a big boy...what a cutey : ) I will be visiting more often for sure. Take care.

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  20. everything is sooo cute! i love your autumn decorations and the halloween climat around your house!
    have a sweet weekend my dear friend!
    justyna

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  21. Wonderful Halloween decorations..! Your blog is a great read...!

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  22. ohhhhhhh you've made me so happy with this post. I am humming my favorite "this is Halloween" theme from a nightmare before christmas. I love everything.
    Oh, and you hit the pumpkin jackpot!!!
    Happy Friday.

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  23. I'm loving these pictures, thank you so much for sharing! They are all my favorite, lol :-) happy weekend to you!!!

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  24. Caramel apples - I love them!
    That is a lot of pumpkins. Fall is a beautiful time of year, so many colors!

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  25. LOVING your inspiring Autumn images - this is usually my favorite time of year but as we had such a short summer this time around, I wasn't quite ready for the weather to change. Your post helps remind me of what I love about this season!
    Have a marvelous weekend,
    xx

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  26. You have wonderful Halloween treasures...so festive! And those caramel apples look scrumptious. I wish I could bit into one.

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  27. What a glorious post. I love your farm, reminds me of ours. Just got to old for it. Never heard of a pumpkin apple. This is such a beautiful time of year. I'm going for a ride Sunday the leaves are just starting to turn..

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  28. I think this post is just Glorious.
    Love this time of year, Never heard of a pumpkin Apple.

    yvonne

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  29. Oh, Kary, your Halloween decorations are all so nostalgic and sweet! I have some vintage candles and tin pumpkins but I never thought to look on E-Bay for more. You live in such a nice area in California.

    You candy apples look so delicious! I haven't had one in years.

    Teddy has gotten so big! Is he a Labradoodle? My son has a Goldendoodle who looks very much like Teddy except that he is golden color. He's a very sweet dog.

    WE did manage to visit the beautiful Ahwahanee Hotel in Yosemite, but we didn't stay in the valley very long as it was 104 degrees that day! We went up to higher elevations.

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  30. Your post today so filled to the brim with seasonal photos! I adore all your Halloween decorations and it makes me excited for the days to come. I think I will need to do a bit of decorating myself though I will need help with my bum wrist.

    The apples...made me want one of your caramel apples right now....so yummy and i like the clever way of using apple twigs too.

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  31. Oh my goodness, what a perfectly fabulous fall post. I loved it. Those caramel apples look heavenly and I love the donkey. Beautiful.

    Hope you keep on having a great autumn,
    Susan
    http://clucklebees.blogspot.com/

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  32. those chocolate molds & pumpkins & caramel apples....mmmmmm! love fall!

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  33. Love all of your fall pictures. Wishing for a little fall here in Florida.

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  34. Oh my!!! I LOVE your decorations and the caramel apples look amazing!

    Happy Fall!
    :)
    Zuzu

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  35. Such a gorgeous collection of Halloween/Autumn treasures. Love the Julie Whitmore pottery and your vintage molds...and of course, your donkey :-) Happy Fall ♥

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  36. hi kary & teddy!! i'm loving all the fall photos, and the halloween stuff makes me giddy with joy!!! i just live for this season, it's my absolute favorite :)

    roxy and i have been hanging out and staying super busy with fall events coming into full swing and a big wedding just around the corner.

    thanks so much for stopping by to say hi...always brings a smile to my face :)

    xoxo

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  37. These pictures are so divine. I love all of them from the vintage Halloween decorations to the blue/white pumpkins.

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  38. Your Halloween decorations are wonderful. You have shown just about everything Fall that I can think of. I love the pumpkins, apples, and all the paper mache and candles that you showed. The chocolate molds really caught my eye, my daughter and I owned a candy store for 6 yrs, and just closed last Jan., the economy really did a number on us. Your Teddy is so beautiful and I bet he is a really good boy. Dusty is too. Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful weekend.

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  39. Hi Kary & Teddy too! Just lovely decorations, I really love the pottery, but then I'm a "dish-a-holic! LOL!!! Have a great weekend!

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  40. Wow! That was a veritable feast for the eyes!

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  41. Oh, Kary, what an absolutely wonderful collection of wonderful fall and Halloween decorations you have. And those caramel apples look so fabulous. Those are my all time favorites, especially good tart apples.

    Your photographs are outstanding.

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  42. Such a beautiful collection and all the vintage harvest halloween things are cute. It was a sweet time, the times I grew up in, and I bemoan their loss. Cute little costumes, candy and fruit that was safe to eat because we knew our neighbors, tricks that were childish, never rude or mean spirited. Simpler times, certainly, for a lot of children, including me and I thank my parents for giving them to me.

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  43. Now you've gone and done it! I was mourning the eventual passing of summer and now you've got me loving the idea of Autumn. Love, love, love the stick caramel apples. Perfect!

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  44. Your Halloween collection makes me wicked witch green with envy. And your displays inspire me.

    I hope you are surviving the summer heat that fall has brought with it. My cats are lower to the ground than usual, as well.

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  45. Love all the fall happenings around your blog! I must get to that pumpkin patch and I do make caramel apples every fall too...thanks for the reminder. xoxoxo

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  46. I was going to say how lovely your Halloween decorations are but I know you know that already with all the wonderful comments left for you. So what I truly want to say is that I have read many of your posts going back a long way and I have enjoyed VERY MUCH your beautiful blog and your adorable farm and special pictures.........I will be back I am sure to visit again from here in Australia. thank you for sharing. Lee-ann

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  47. You have a fantastic Halloween collection! Lots of fun things to look at and I bet Halloween at your house is a blast!

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  48. I love fall. Your House looks amazing, what an amazing image! Those carmel apples with twigs look mighty tasty too.

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  49. Wow! So fabulous. I love all of your decor, it's just so Tim Burton-esque in the best way possible. All those photos are gorgeous, you're making me yearn for the fairer coast!

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  50. Sending sweet overdue greetings from Frog Hollow Farm! Kary, this is a truly spectacular blog post - you outdid yourself with the photos of your wonderful Halloween collections! Sounds like you had a very productive day at the apple orchards, I've never heard of either of those apples. I love, love, love that you used apple twigs as your carmel apple holder - I've never seen that before! Ciao, bella!

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  51. Kary,
    what a fantastic post, i love LOVE your halloween decorations, those black cats, oh my!

    I saw a pumpkin today and thought of you!

    However, it does not feel like autumn at the moment. today was almost 90 degrees!

    xoxo
    lori

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  52. I LOVE halloween, especially the decorations..be them natural like pumpkins or created like those pumpkin people! Great post! Nice to be back after a really long summer working my butt off.
    XO

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  53. Yum...Caramel apples sound so good...hmmm...I think I know what I'll be making this weekend ;o)

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  54. So cute your halloween... In France, we just begin some days before...
    I have great ideas now... Thanks
    Just a small question, what is the grey vegetable ? So strange...

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  55. caramel apples!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yum to the 10 degree. yay!

    cute post. :)

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  56. I always giggle at all the decorations and preparations you all do in the US for Halloween. Here in Australia we don't do Halloween though I must say that last year there were a lot more decorations on sale so maybe it is catching on. Mind you it is Spring here so the colours don't match. Really cute shots.

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  57. I can taste your caramel apples all the way across the country! We are heading home to Wisconsin after 6 weeks on the road to Alaska...finally saw my first grouping of pumpkins for sale today in Minnesota.
    Love your collection and the paper mache pumpkin is just like one I had when little...a walk down memory lane.
    A delightful post - have a good week!

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  58. I think you will like the artist I just did a post on! Come on over and see :)

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  59. your halloween decoration collection is just wonderful and i love those two pumpkin people from jen murphy! halloween is certainly in the air in your neck of the woods. thank you for your lovely comment about our charlie and enjoy your weekend! xo, c

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  60. great fall photos....has certainly put me in the mood. the owl candles are so great! i absolutely LOVE carmel apples....my favourite. i could never make any at home though as i have no self restraint and would over indulge to be sure.
    happy october kary and a snuggle for teddy!
    xo.
    k

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  61. Such divine beauty of Fall in your pictures. I love the fall season in all its glory of colors.
    ~*~lOvE~*~ those apple sticks for caramel apples! Truly a grand idea, I will be sure to incorporate them into our Fall apple activities. And paper mache skeleton skull candle holders... I so love this time of year!

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  62. Fabulously Fall! Looks Awesome~Cheers Kim

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  63. Hi! Nice blog, come visit my goat blog at lucky13goatranch.blogspot.com

    Tay and Lily

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  64. Boy, talk about late to the party! Can your blog handle one more admiring comment or will this one cause the whole system to crash?

    Love your pictures and your weekend. Thank God it's finally fall cause i know you were not waiting patiently.
    xo jane

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  65. Kary, you never cease to amaze me. You have this energy that I used to have.

    I come away feeling happier than when I arrived. You always surprise us. Now I'm craving apples. I close my eyes and I can smell them.

    Teddy, I hope you're enjoying October. Marley and Grace are. I can't them to come inside!

    Love to you both!
    Joey

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  66. OH...My ...Goodness do I love these pics!!! It's like walking in to my kitches with all the goodies about...pumpkins, goblins and scardy cats!! I am tingling with delight~

    Holly@ http://oregonchristmas.blogspot.com

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  67. What a fantastic post! I love your Halloween decorations, and your caramel apples are the prettiest I've seen. Seriously. I never really crave caramel apples, but I'd love one of those! xo Gigi

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  68. Beautiful post. I make the red hard cannied apples. Never heard of a lumbertwig apple..
    must be a weatern apple.

    yvonne in Maine

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  69. Your decorations are so cute! Love the Julie pumpkin head plate. Beautiful scenery.

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  70. Fun, fun, fun! Your caramel apples look so delicious! Are there any left for me?

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  71. love the pottery and chocolate molds. i SO want to live close to you!
    xo

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  72. I like the plate the best--cute! Well, umm, and the apples of course. ha.

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  73. I love, love, love all your decorations! Halloween is my absolute favorite. Thanks for coming by my blog! So glad you found me, so I could find you. :)

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  74. Just responding to your question on my blog - No, not in CA. Though I'm orginally from CA, I live in the northwestern hills in Connecticut, right near the Mass border, and those pictures are of my front yard. Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  75. Wonderful post! So full of the fall season and all it's goodies.

    Teddy Sweet Face is so big!

    I've have just moved to my own apartment. Right now I am weary and worn out.

    My one luxury is internet.

    It will take me a while to catch up on all the news.

    Blessings......

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  76. What a delight and feast for the eyes! Love all your beautiful fall photos on the side also. Nice time of year, isn't it?

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  77. Dearest Kary, writing this from sunny hot Australia...sending love to you in Autumny USA!! Haven't heard from you in a while dear friend, hoping all is ok. MIssing my little Alice, hoping Buddy is well and happy. Love to you xxxxx Rachel

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  78. My hubby's parents have a home in Cambria so we are up there often. Isn't the Central Coast God's country? It restores me every time we go up. Heading up in 3 weeks with friends.Can't wait.

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  79. Boy lots of comments. It's Oct. 18th are you OK?? Just decided to take a peek again.

    yvonne

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  80. Haven't heard from you in a few weeks, are you on vacation? Hope all is well.

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  81. In response to your question about where my inlaws live in Cambria. They have a home on Chester. They bought it about 8 years ago but we have all been going up there for over 20 years. We love it.

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  82. I am working on some papier mache pumpkins, in the style of the antique german candy boxes.... thinking of you with each step

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  83. Hey, it's lookin' a lot like fall over here! Your caramel apples look so charming with the little twigs. My mouth is watering! Thanks for stopping by WM today, dear friend. xx

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  84. You have THE MOST amazing Hallowe'en decorations I've ever seen!!!!!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. I appreciate all your kind comments more than you can know.