The Wild Ponies of Assateague Island

Just two of the wild ponies on Assateague Island

Remembering this makes me smile!  Last summer, my husband and I went on vacation with some friends of ours.  We took a day trip out to Assateague Island.  The beaches were absolutely gorgeous and not at all crowded, but the best part were the wild ponies.  Having read not only the Misty of Chincoteague trilogy but in fact all of Marguerite Henry’s books as a girl, I have of course wanted to come to Assateague since I was 8.  What a thrill to not only do so, but to find it better and more magical than I had imagined when I did.  My husband was also charmed by the place and the ponies, and we came back the next day, too.

 

The surf was definitely up our second day on Assateague. Hurricane Earl was making its way up the coast, or we would have come back for a third day!

 

 

Signs of the Season

Boo!

My husband and I worked on cleaning up the yard this weekend.  (He was a MACHINE!)  Lots of straggly remnants of plants now past their prime got cut back and put out with the yard waste.  I snipped off a few blooms to make this wee posy of Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia rotundiflora) and it ended up looking very seasonally appropriate when I plunked it down in the kitchen.  🙂

Halloween Pug

Abe makes for an awfully cute demon-pug, no?

I know one cranky-pants person who openly scoffed at the idea that we have costumes for our dogs.  Which was pretty rude, frankly, but also?  Miss Cranky-pants is missing out, big time.  We got our costume collection on mad clearance a few years back and I think it was money well-spent.  Abraham Stinkin (above) looks pretty stinking sweet in his $.99 demon cap, I’d say.  Every now and then my husband will randomly, to my surprise and delight, put one of the dogs into a costume.  Happiness pie!

Beautyberry

Beautyberry shrubs are another autumnal delight.  Look at the gorgeous color on this Japanese Beautyberry (Callicarpa japonica).  We added it last year, and I think it is just great.  Those berries are amazing!  Bright and almost porcelain looking.  Even from a distance it is quite eye-catching.  We’ve also got some native beautyberries (Callicarpa americana) planted nearby.  We’ve had them for several years.  Their berries exhibit a more subtle beauty in comparison to the Japanese variety, but they are still something special.   Isn’t the name “beautyberry” just perfect? 🙂

 

Japanese Beautyberry shrub doing its thing.

 

 

The more subtle purple of the American beautyberry's berries

 

 

 

Amber Glass

This super easy centerpiece is just 3 pieces of vintage glass in similar colors on a Missoni for Target tray.  I love how the amber glass catches the light and how autumnal and sort of ’70s this feels.  The glass is more kitschy than arty and none of it cost over $6, if memory serves.  I don’t generally pay very much for vintage glass,  since breakage is practically destined to happen!

Seven Sons in Autumn

When they first bloom, the Seven Sons trees  (Heptacodium miconioides) have white, fragrant flowers.  After the flowers finish blooming in late summer/early fall, the second act begins: the sepals turn a lovely fuschia/reddish color that persists for weeks.  My husband and I just love this plant, we have 2 in our yard.  When more mature than the pair we’ve got , the trees/shrubs have interesting exofoliating bark.  Seeing the flowers and then the “second bloom” of the sepals is fast becoming a favorite sign of fall for me.

Vintage Dress Love

A neighbor of mine had the most amazing collection of vintage clothing when I was growing up.  (Also an intensely creepy antique doll collection,but that’s another story!)  Some of the highlights included a mouth-wateringly lovely Gibson Girl era garnet colored silk  velvet dress, and several unreal flapper dresses.  Getting to touch (and even wear) some of those pieces planted a seed in my 12 year old self that lives on to this day.  The details, the craftsmanship, and even the fabrics can be so delicious.

Over the years, I have assembled a very modest collection of my own.  This dress isn’t in mint condition and has never fit me, but I adore it.  The color, the filmy-ness, and the drape of the fabric are all things I find totally dreamy.  Look at the wee pleating and detail to the bodice.  Even the fact that the shaping innards of the dress are sort of crushed doesn’t kill how pretty I find this.  Swoon!