I love the Fall in Cleveland. Our wedding anniversary is October 12th, this year it’s 18 years for us, how did that happen? Every year, Linda has taken our family photos in the Fall which is such a gorgeous time here in Northeast Ohio. It’s so nice to reap the benefit of changing seasons for a few weeks and enjoy the beautiful weather. Ironically, it’s such a pull on my heartstrings to see how much our children have grown over the years with the annual fall photos, pumpkin harvest pics, and apple-picking moments. Regardless, I love these captured memories and am so grateful we take the time to have these lovely shots every year, and spend the time together as a family.
Last Fall season, I went with Sophie’s class to Hale Farm and Village. I remember my own 3rd grade class making this same field trip when I was a kid. It’s quintessential Northeast Ohio, a right of passage as an elementary child. You can’t live here without stepping back in time and visiting this authentic colonial village composed of blacksmith, schoolhouse, doctor and lawyer’s offices, baker, and candlestick maker. The staff are all in character and it was a gorgeous day to see the ladies making applesauce and candles, and bellows blazing for horseshoes as well. It is truly a measure of time as we all celebrate the season with the same activities year after year.
When we readied our own hose for Fall this year, I couldn’t help but think of this door at Hale Farm that was bestowed with the simplest wreath. I jazzed up my own front door to welcome guests. See my comments about decorating your front door in this earlier post “Entrez–Vous? Freshen Up the Front Entry for Summer”. This welcoming of guests into our home and into our lives has been a ritual we as homeowners have celebrated in a fashion as old as time.
Photography by Linda Smith of Blulens
Happy Fall and hope you are logging your memories just like me! – Dawn
Opening Photo taken by Dawn at Hale Farm and Village