.: Woodsmoke spirals out of the chimney on this crisp autumn day :.
Down the road just a wee bit into the woods and down the dirt roads there lives a cozy little sugar shack. Here in the early spring when the trees slowly begin to warm and the sap starts to flow, comes the unforgettable sweet scent of pure maple syrup paired with wood smoke...
.: Beautiful pumpkins, gourds, and squash sit outside the sugar shack adding their beauty to the day! :.
Now the scent of woodsmoke is paired with apples. It fills your nose as you enter the shack and are warmly welcomed in to witness apple cider being pressed.
During the pressing of the cider, our littlest one cozies up on the rocking chair next to the potbelly stove. He enjoys the warmth that it radiates almost as much as the sun that pours across his red sweater.
.: My littlest one found a very cozy spot on the rocking chair next to the potbelly stove! :.
Each little corner holds such treasures. Glass telephone phone insulators and antiquarian farming implements grace every wall.
As the warming autumn light dapples in through the windows and across the room, an artful collection of tractor seats lining the ceiling raftors catches my eyes.
.: Tractor seats line the rafters making for a wonderful display! :.
.: Mini pumpkins and gourds were chosen to grace our kitchen table :.
.: I chose a few gourds of my own as well! :.
The colors and richness of this autumn seaon bring such warmth to these chilly days! We enjoy selecting beautifully textured gourds to join us at our table to remind us of the gifts of this season.
.:A beautiful day for a game of checkers with a gameboard made of burlap and playing pieces are gourds!:.
As the leaves crunch underfoot my heart smiles as I quietly note it is indeed sweater season. The children sit for a while and play a game of checkers on a handmade burlap gamesack with gourds as their playing pieces. At that moment I feel how good and beautiful life truly is.
.: It was beautiful to watch the children navigate their way through the maze :.
.: My husband and I enjoyed this maze just as much as the children did! :.
Three little ones sharing this journey together led the way to find 'The Great Pumpkin' among a field of pumpkins.
.: It was lovely to be surrounded by this corn and to see firsthand how strongly it grows :.
Golden corn lines our paths, reminding us of the sweetness of this summer season spent sampling the very same local fresh flavors of this sweet harvest.
.: The orange leaves on the trees up ahead remind us of a campfire! :.
.: Three shining faces enjoying this autumn day! :.
As we walk away from the corn maze, my husband and I sit together in the pumpkin field and gaze out past the old stone walls to towering corn stalks. The corn field is ringed by trees bursting with autumnal color. At our feet and spread across acres in every direction are hundreds of dots of perfectly orange pumpkins.
.: The field of pumpkins was like a dream-- the children enjoyed running through it and played there for quite some time! :.
I consider it a rich gift to enjoy this time with my family on this incredible piece of land. The energy surrounding us is warm and bright, and the atmosphere feels as though we are visiting with old friends at their farm.