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Choosing to see beauty.

Hello. I am still here. Here´s the thing, I have a hard time taking out my big camera these days. I feel like my pictures are terribly repetitive and that there isn´t much to show and tell you right now. The garden is a bit of a mess (as it should be at this time of the year, but still...) and whenever it occured to me to take pictures for the blog I thought "nah, I need to fix this first". But let´s be honest, it won´t get any prettier from here on. And then again, isn´t photography all about choosing to see beauty? This is what I thought when I took these pictures today in the evening. Maybe there are a thousand not-so-nice-things out of the frame, but here you are, focusing on the good part. (It´s also maybe a good way to go through life in times like these.) 

It´s the time of year when I am suddently desperately in love with the walled garden again, because asters. It´s a love-hate-relationship for sure. They annoy the heck out of me all year long and then in September I´m all like ooooh, how pretty. Maybe I should just accept that this part of the garden is very pretty in spring and then in autumn again and not-so-great in between? 

Chickens. Not in their run. They have for some reason become master escapers. It´s not like they don´t have a massive run. But the grass is always greener on the other side, yes? I´d planned to let them free range in the garden over the winter anyway so I´m not terribly motivated to do something about the escaping. Chickens. Hysterical creatures. What can I say except that I love them so.

These hydrangeas along the wall are just perfect this year.

Quinces! Not as may as last year, but enough. Soon.

I still haven´t killed the zinnias, my cosmos decided to bloom after all, and please come and help me eat all this chard and kale and cabbage.

I like to think these dahlias were one of my better ideas.

That´s all for today. Talk soon. 

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Reader Comments (9)

Beautiful, as always, no matter the season.
I feel the same about aster. And I love your chickens running around the garden :)

September 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEva

Ein Traum-Garten! (Die Arbeit ausblendend...)
Danke für diese wunderschönen Einblicke, die mir immer wieder den Tag verschönern.
Und die Hühnerschar - welch' großes, ihnen anzusehendes Glück für sie, so ein Zuhause zu haben!
(Die Samtpfoten und Herr Ludwig ja auch.)
Herzliche Grüße!

September 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMartina

I like your pictures so much. Again and again!

September 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJutta von siebenVORsieben

Focus on beauty. Not forgetting about the nasty and the work, of course. Thank you for a good dose of such light in your images.

September 25, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterannton

I noticed how the vine on the back of the house is turning such a gorgeous fall color. And the hydrangeas turn that rosy pink, and the Japanese anemone! Great to get to come here and "focus on the beauty"!

September 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Your photos inspire. Not to take photos, but to think about asters and zinnias and dahlias and hens and that beautiful shade of blue on the door. Ok I definitely won't be getting hens but your photos allow me to spend time imagining the possibility. And in reality they actually inspire me to go and buy zinnia seeds. This is a real benefit of seeing your beautiful Autumn photos when I am in the planning stages of spring. Thank you. And now I'm looking forward to your winter even if you aren't.

October 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Lovely series of photos. Never think they are repetitious, we love them all. I particularly like the one of the quinces: I could almost smell them!

October 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRhody

The chickens are beautiful and look so healthy! Have you made quince paste with your quinces? It' delicious served with salty cheese. All the flowers and vegetables are lovely! Beautiful photos!

October 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Kale, just leave it, it survives winters really well, actually gets sweeter after a frost. The Cavolo Nero, you write in your newer post that you maybe don't like so much. We make kale chips with them, or pick them and massage them with olive oil, add a bit of lemon juice and diced apple plus honey-roasted almonds, tastes great with an olive oil, honey vinaigrette. If you have good pomegranate seeds, add that as well. I'm a bit jealous of your asters, I always forget to plant them and the garden could really use them now.

October 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHelle

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