Saturday, November 1, 2014

Glorious Autumn

Hi everyone!  Is it cold where you are?  It's brisk here.  :)  The wind is blowing something fierce, and it was raining earlier today.  I think it rained through the night last night as well.  Those of you who follow Anita at Far Above Rubies and Penny at The Comforts of Home may have already seen that we got snow in the North Carolina mountains today.  Wow!  Snow while the leaves are still on the trees is not something we see a lot of.  The town of Sparta, N.C., which is where we go every year to cut our Christmas tree, had already received two to four inches by 11:00 a.m. this morning.

I'm sharing with you some images from two weekends ago of the mountains of North Carolina and Virgina.

You've probably already picked up on this if you read my blog regularly, but I love my home state of North Carolina.  I never realized how much until I was married, because my husband loves it as much as I do.  That doesn't mean we don't love to visit other places, but it does mean we're always glad to come home.

You may remember my little calf buddy from a few weeks ago,

 and here are more pics of  "the herd."

I love this picture -- Mom is licking her youngster's face.  :)

We stopped at this roadside pumpkin patch to snap some pictures.  We've seen lots of pumpkins growing in the fields over the last few weeks.

This little church was across the road from the pumpkin patch.

Cyclists enjoying the parkway...

This pic was one of mine; I was really pleased with the way it turned out.  If you look at the mountain in the center of the picture off in the distance, you can see a knob-shaped rock on the top.  This is Pilot Mountain, and the knob is Pilot Knob.

The mountain was originally known as Jomeokee, meaning "The Great Guide" or "Pilot."  It guided Native Americans and early European settlers and hunters along a north/south path through the area.  You can see this landmark for miles and miles on a clear day.  My parents live near the base of this mountain, and they're in North Carolina.  We're viewing it from Virginia.

I took this next group of pictures in the little town of Meadows of Dan, Virginia.  It's a pretty area, with a nice winery called Chateau Morrisette, which I wrote about a few years ago.  On this particular day, they had a corn maize set up and looks like some fall produce for sale, as well.

We pulled off the Blue Ridge Parkway onto a side road, where we were able to park and take pictures of these wonderful barn quilts.  I just love these, and I understand they have them in Canada, too?

You can see the quilts better in this picture Hal took.

As we were headed for home, we spotted this wonderful red barn and barn quilt (again in Virginia).

Are the leaves colorful where you are?  If you're north of here, I'm sure they're just gorgeous.  Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 I'm joining the crowd at Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.  Thank you for hosting, Judith!



  1. Beautiful photos!! I love this time of year and just wish I could travel every day and see more of it. :-)

  2. Great fall photos Denise! I love the barn quilts:@)

  3. Good morning Denise. Your photos are all so beautiful and I can see why you love your state! SNOW!!! Oh my. We are at our son's in Eastern Washington and we had frost that we had to scrape off the car windshield this morning. Colder weather is on it's way. Love those barn quilts! Have a great Sunday...

  4. Such pretty photos! Were you in Dan, VA? I didn't understand "Meadows of Dan." You really did capture some gorgeous autumn color. Loving this cool weather, even though I'm not out in it. It's nice to need a blanket as I sit around.

  5. What gorgeous fall scenery! Your pics are beautiful.

    Can't believe snow!!!

    Haven't seen quilts displayed on the barns before. Very pretty.

    Thanks Denise for lovely photos celebrating a glorious autumn.

  6. Wow Denise, your photos are so vivid and colorful!! I love the scenery and the barn quilts. You and Hal have a great time together.

  7. Lovely images, Denise! I love the countryside and pretty fall colors.. The quilt barns are my favorites.. Lovely scenic shots.. Have a happy week!

  8. What beautiful country and color. Your photos are wonderful. I always like to see the barn quilts, something that we don't see here. I saw on the weather that you had snow. Here this morning we have rain. Finally. It has been so dry. Snow in some places here, too. Have a wonderful week.

  9. I've not seen a quilt barn in Ontario but they could be off the beaten path. What a novel idea to dress up the side of a barn and I suppose this could signify that they sell quilts too?
    The history of pilot mountain is interesting, we don't have any landmarks like that but any hills in new towns always housed the church so the steeple could be seen from a distance.
    The trees in the bottom right collage look like they're on fire!
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Denise.

  10. Gorgeous! The scenery so pretty ... the greens so green and the vivid Autumn colors. Love the barn quilts and the cows and little ones -- I think it's because I love their beautiful brown eyes! Fun post.

  11. Autumn is indeed glorious in NC and VA! Thanks for showing us. It's been pretty here too (Iowa) but many trees are bare now. No snow yet, thankfully. I can wait on that! Have a good week! I enjoyed your post!

  12. Your images are full of golden autumn light. I love the ones with the long shadows across the fields and hills, and the flame of autumn color streaking through.
    I've not seen any barn quilts in our corner of Canada - perhaps further east.
    Snow! Wow! Hopefully you'll have some warmer days yet.

  13. Leaves are gone here so I am enjoying yours and those gorgeous pumpkins...



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