Tag Archives: autumn

Yearning for Autumn

28 Jul

I can’t wait for fall. These hot, humid days – I’m done with them. I can’t wait to smell and see the leaves changing and falling, coating the ground. It’s one of the true joys of living in Pennsylvania. The foliage, right? I’ll go one further and say that it’s the entire spirit that surrounds the foliage. The whole season is full of good feelings. Everything dying, or going to sleep, but people become more alive. I was reading Ryan Marshall’s blog a couple days ago and he was talking about Kinfolk Magazine, their manifesto being,

Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us. We have come together to create Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love.

Every element of Kinfolk – the features, photography, and general aesthetics – are consistent with the way we feel entertaining should be: simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived. Kinfolk is the marriage of our appreciation for art and design and our love for spending time with family and friends.”

I immediately thought of autumn. Of making boeuf bournignon for my birthday with my mom, of piling into a car to the orchard, of taking refuge with friends over coffee, of hiking in Valley Forge…

There is nothing like entering Valley Forge park with family and friends on a chilly fall day, full of conversation and then losing the need for conversation by the time we reach the top of Mount Joy. Everyone’s faces are cherry red, we’re all breathing a little heavier, and the crunch of leaves fills the void. It’s a beautiful place. We’re all silent, we’re all connected. Like Kinfolk’s manifesto says, these small gatherings are energizing. It’s unlike any other gathering. There are no words.


Audio File: Person L

21 Oct

Today is going to be a good day. It’s the cool days when I walk against the wind with people I like that I remember.

I was going to post a totally different video today, but upon visiting Facebook I discovered that Person L posted a new song online. Huzzah! And you know how much I liiiiiiiike Person L, yes? Video is just a photo ( a good one), but song is goooood.


27 Sep

I love waiting for Halloween. The days leading up to it are as fun as the day itself. I love the anticipation. So, to celebrate all things creepy please enjoy this reading of Poe’s “Ulalume”, as read by Jeff Buckley.

A new beginning

21 Sep

After a very long break I’m finally putting jewelry up in my etsy shop, Marquesa Jen. I’m leaning towards a simpler style using quality materials. I spent way to much time trying to make things that I didn’t feel proud of. While I was thinking about fall and my favorite things about it, it hit me. All of the things I appreciate in the changing seasons are simple, bold, quality experiences. I don’t mean bold as in big, but like something that stands alone and isn’t cluttered by other trappings. I’m going to list items slowly. One or two per day. I used to post my favorite piece first, but this time around I love everything I have made. Everything I make now I would wear myself, and there are some I intend to make a duplicate of for myself. Here is a picture of one of my creations. I feel good :)

P.S. My blog is going to be taking a similar turn. I spent too much time trying to contrive what I write, so I’m going to write about whatever happens to inspire me. Shouldn’t we all?

September 12 Orchard Trip

13 Sep

Yesterday I went to the Orchard (Barnard) with Mike, Greg, and Katie. We got some apples, non-pastuerized apple cider, small white and lavender eggplants, zucchini, soup mixes, and honey sticks. On the way back we stopped at Northbrook Market for meringues and cake. Usually we get apple cider doughnuts, but they were mysteriously out of them. My family goes to the orchard almost every weekend in the fall for apples and cider. We get our pumpkins, mums, and gourds there. The Barnard family owns and runs it. We’ve been going there since I was four years old, which means we’ve been making the 40 minute drive for 20 years come October. Incredible. The drive there is inspiring. Homes on hills, tucked in groves of trees, the Brandywine river, breathtaking colors in the foliage, horses roaming on farms; it all has me longing to move out there and start my homestead.

This past year was particularly rough for Barnard Orchard. They were closed often in the warmer months. For a long time this treasure was like a secret to us, but like so much of my childhood destinations I’m afraid, terrified, of it disappearing. It wasn’t a place we kept secret, but we didn’t exactly tell people they should go there. Another problem is that people that did go would see Northbrook Market and then stop driving. They stopped there and didn’t go the extra half mile to Barnard. I want the world to know about places like these. I want people to go there and buy produce, pick apples and pumpkins with their kids, drink nonpasteurized cider (the best), and make memories. In the heart of autumn this place isn’t just something to do on the weekend, it is like a pilgrimage. I feel better, stronger, happier when I’m there. This weekend was Katie’s first time there, but she’ll be back with us. We’ll be picking apples for sure and gulping cider on the drive home. Mike has taken to the experience like he’s been doing it all his life.

So, if you hear the call of an autumn journey head over to Kennett Square and check out Barnard Orchards. Be sure to pick your own apples, grab a pumpkin, and remember the cider- nonpasteurized is the best.

Barnard’s Orchard: 1079 Wawaset Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348-1018 (610) 347-2151