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.
I’m not slacking! I was going to post days 15 and 16 yesterday, but I got home at 10.15pm, so I didn’t much feel like it. Posting on day 15 seemed silly, as I was sure everyone was glued to their televisions. As was I, except I was watching Sense and Sensibility.
Dad on our hike at Valley Forge. We’d just gotten to a flat spot on Mt. Joy so we gulped some water and ate some cheese.
Looking down the trail. The snow was packed down and became very slippery at points. Going downhill was a cross between running and skiing. Slightly awkward and my ankles hurt a bit by the end. It was worth it though!
Mike enjoying a break on Mt. Joy. He looks quite the mountain man!
The rest of photos from the hike are here.
Silly photo party go!
Mike’s really old 2 dollar bill. I think it’s from the 1920’s but I’m not sure.
My Person L shirt, which I never wear because it’s white and I’m afraid it’ll get stained. I might try to dye it or something, because it is very cool and I love Person L.
It was absolutely freezing and windy today. I had a few locations in mind to photograph, but didn’t make it to them because of how cold it was. I stopped at the train station to gain some shelter from the wind.
Another train station shot. After this I wrapped my scarf tighter around my neck and shuffled off across the ice and snow. Mostly ice though. All I could do was think of defiantly thick hot chocolate, riding in the back of a pick up truck in the cold under a wool blanket, and warm bread…sigh…
Hipster Cat does not approve of your social prejudices or your baggy pants.
Let’s take a walk shall we? 2010. Been there, done that. Events occurred, experiences were had, and new people were met. Instead of talking about it I’ll just show you this year. 2010: now in color!
We saw our friends Jen and Jesus get married back in the spring.
Started playing with photoshoots…
I graduated from good ole Villanova.
Oh, and hey! I got married in 2010! Harry Potter and marriage? Win!
We picked so many peaches and blackberries at the farm this summer.
My cousin Rebecca got married!
Mike’s band played and reunited with their Tennessee brothers
Explored St. Peter’s Village for the first time. Well, we explored the stream and rocks.
Further exploration of Chester County. That’s right. We have longhorns.
Getting to know Valley Forge Park better.
Happy New Year to everyone! Let this year be full of adventures, happiness, and new experiences!