Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday Walkabout ~ Welcome Fall

It is a gorgeous almost-Fall evening here. One of those evenings you just don’t want to come back inside. Just a little hint of chill in the air. Tonight I kept snapping, and snapping.

Here we have Ghostly White Gourds, Pie Pumpkin, Birdhouse Gourd, Autumnal Dogwood Leaves & Oak Leaves, Wagon Load of Gourds, and Little Pearswalkabout 9-17-09

And, because I kept snapping and snapping, I have more pictures.

Here is an old wheel that Mr. W fixed up for the birdfeeders (I love it and so do the birds!), Vintage Dr. Pepper (see below for an explanation of the Bottle Tree), Purple Petunias, Bluebird Bathing Beauties.

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After I posted the first photo of the Bottle Tree in one of my walkabouts, I had a couple of requests to tell more. On my 49th birthday this year, I decided it was the day to begin this unusual tree. Our son helped us plant this Crimson Maple when he was very small. We always called it his tree. Last year, some evil bugs came in and killed the tree. I refused to cut it down because of its special meaning. Since watching the movie Ray, chronicling the extraordinary life and times of Ray Charles, I’d been obsessed with having a bottle tree of my own. Upon further investigation, legend has it that Bottle Trees remove evil spirits from the home and trap them in the bottles. Not that I’m worried about evil spirits, but I just thought it was a novel idea. And it’s pretty (at least in my eyes). Our Bottle Tree, thus far, has only vintage soda bottles. I plan to “branch out” with other varieties soon.

So, there ya have it, folks! Hope your week is going well. And YES, tomorrow is finally Friday!!



McVal said...

That bottle tree sounds kind of neat. I'll have to see that movie!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I've seen pictures of other bottle trees before.You will have fun with it!

And oh those white Patty Pan squashs look so yummy. I never find them around here to buy, even at the farmers market.

Debbie said...

Love the bottle tree (but then Dr. Pepper is the only thing to drink!) and love the wheel bird feeder. That is very clever.

Unknown said...

I love your fall look here and the photos are wonderful. The bottle tree is great!

Unknown said...

Too bad your white patty pan and my yellow patty pan can't get together. I think they'd get on real well and would look darn cute togther! : )

Did you grow all those cute little gourds? I love'em!

I look forward to seeing more pics of the bottle tree. What a cool idea!

Be well! ~Andrea~

Diana Ferguson said...

Enjoyed the stroll! Your pictures are beautiful. Have a great weekend!


~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Love all the pics. We have had days and days of rain and humidity. I will so welcome fall when it really arrives here!
I love your bottle tree~awesome!
We have an old wheel I have been wondering what to do with-now I know! Hang feeders from it. :)
I showed J, he loved it! Of course I had to point out that this was the blog of Ruby and Gracie's Mom and how we DO NOT have a donkey. He snorted and walked out of room....Oy.

Elle Bee said...

Yay, it's like two Thursday walkabouts in one! My favorites: all the gourds of course. I'm a sucker for all things gourdy.
Then the bird bath. That little guy splashing in the water is so cute.
PS your bottle tree is simply fantastic.

blushing rose said...

Tammy, this is a wonderful idea .. & oh, the memories you all are going to have. What fun!

Have a great & enjoyable weekend. TTFN ~Marydon

Q said...

I have seen some very beautiful bottle trees. I bet yours will be great. Nice bird feeding station...
If you plant Paw-paw bushes Zebra Swallowtails will find you. The Paw-paw is the host plant for them.
Happy Autumn!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Wonderful pictures !
I just love your bottle tree, and had never heard of one until now... what a neat idea.
We've had over nine inches of rain in the last three days, and raining still this evening.
Fall is coming fast, it's not quite 7PM and already dark.
Lovely post !

McVal said...

I've left you an award on my blog!

Down On The Farm said...

I love all your pictures. I am SO ready for fall, and ready for this rain to bug out!

Liz Harrell said...

Sigh. I just love this post! I even took all our Halloween decorations out of the attic, just to be ready. My hubby is a little confused about it. :)

Lynn said...

I love, love, love your Autumn pictures. So homey. So welcoming. The bottle tree is very cute; I thought about doing that on our little pear tree this year, trying to grow a pear in a bottle. But I never did get to it, and then the squirrels ate all the pears anyway . . . Great idea, too, to use vintage bottles :)

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