Saturday, October 12, 2013

October redux

It’s Saturday night at the manor house on the hill and I don’t know what you’re up to but I’m enjoying my evening. It’s quiet here, but more often than not, a big gust of mild October wind blasts through the window I have open in the living room. I’m listening to music on a cloud player on my laptop and watching old episodes of The Big Bang Theory while I sip a glass of Kris pinot grigio.

All of the photos in this post were taken in October during the years we’ve lived at the manor house.


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Currently, the trees aren’t quite to this stage yet but I can see it coming.


My {young, cute, hip} hairdresser turned me on to this cool tune. It’s really appropriate for the season and I love the catchy tune.


I love this!


If I sound happy, I must admit that at this moment, I actually am. But the truth is that it comes and goes and frankly, it’s a huge curve. When I see beautiful things, I want to cry because my husband isn’t alive anymore to see them. And when I see beautiful things, I want to cry because they make me happy.

What the what.



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I live in a beautiful place.

And I’m so glad I captured these images throughout the years.



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The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed. — Anne Geddes



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What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. ― Karl Lagerfeld



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This was left at the table for me one day when I came home from work. I took a picture of it for posterity’s sake.


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I went out to dinner with dear old friends one evening this week. I was surprised to find out that I am, apparently, a kick-ass apple pie maker. And my pumpkin/apple pie is a close second. I was actually blushing.

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{That’s me, second from the right}

But seriously, if you want to make an excellent couple of pies that will astound your friends, and gain the respect of your enemies while you’re at it, here are the recipes, straight from Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook, 1972.


Favorite Apple Pie

Pumpkin/Carmelized Apple Pie



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This old cookbook has some awesome old-fashioned recipes.



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I usually put a heart in my pies, but I also like using cut leaves. Got the leaf cutters at Williams-Sonoma years ago. The metal ones are better than the plastic ones.



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A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart. – Arnold Newman



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There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. – Ansel Adams


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If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff. – Jim Richardson



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I honestly think that a huge part of being a good photographer is simply showing up with your camera.  ― Kate Young



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And with that, I bid you adieu for now.


Until next time,

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Nellie said...

Beautiful post, Kate. Your photos are really good because you know how to make them interesting!


Deb said...

Your photos are beautiful, Kate. Some catchy lines there, too. You do live in a beautiful place. I have always thought that. It's good to read that you are keeping busy. You sound good. I hope George is doing ok, too. I know that animals do miss their people. Take care. Deb

Anonymous said...

You do sound happy at this moment. Our leaves have a ways to go yet...not sure they will be dramatic this year and we seem to be getting our September rain on October. I need to teach myself to make pie.

JaneK said...

Thank you, Kate. I am glad that you are finding happy moments that can carry you through your grief and sadness. The fact you feel sad that he can't see the beautiful things with you tells me you had a beautiful life together.
And I love your quote about photography and I love that you included your quote with the likes of Ansel Adams. You rock.
Thanks for sharing your fall images with us :)

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Donna S. said...

Kate, I am so glad you are having some happy moments. That is exactly as it should be. It is natural to feel the entire variety of emotions, sadness, happiness, loneliness, relief and many more.
Sounds like an awesome cookbook. Thanks for the recipes.

Tammy said...

Love all your photos Kate, esp. the leaves. I love fall and leaves and apples and crisp weather. The song you shared is awesome. I know it's a tough time emotionally, sounds like you're doing the best you can and I bet George is taking good care of you. Hugs my friend and thanks for the link to the pie recipes, I love to make pies, in fact today I made an Amish Vanilla Pie. Hugs!!

Low Tide High Style said...

So glad you have these images, that's why I love photography, it allows you to collect memories outside your head. Since we are gluten free, I haven't made a pie in ages, but I may have to change that and attempt a gluten free crust. Enjoy the rest of your evening!

xo Kat

Linda said...

Big Bang Theory and Kris Pino? Pretty good evening in my book. Fall is probably my favorite season. So much color; leaves changing, sunrises & sunsets seem to be so much more vivid. enjoy your evening on the hill Kate.

beth said...

these quotes are just perfect for me tonight.
as always your photos speak to me, but tonight the quotes....oh the quotes !!!

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

I too am sitting in the quiet, catching up on blogs, my wine glass is empty which tells me it's time to shut it down...I really enjoyed your beautiful have a wonderful gift, I'm grateful for your time and talent. Be at peace and give yourself a hug!

Chrissykat said...

And you saved the best for last...Blackie in all her glory. I love all cats (as you know) but she truly is such a gorgeous gal. Happy to see autumn photos. My favorite season.

GailO said...

It is always nice to see a picture of Blackie:) Can you tell that I am a cat lover?

Gorgeous photos Kate they all express the essence of autumn from apple pie to golden leaves.

Tonight I was sitting here drinking a zinfandel and watching the Red Sox lose...boohoo:(

Hang in there...there is nothing wrong with crying

Cloudia said...

Feels good seeing you like this. Of course, your photos, Especially George always make me feel that life is good.
Yes, up and down. But you are banishing my fears by remaining the Kate we love. Appreciate the breathing lesson, Honey

ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
=^..^= <3

The Weaver of Grass said...

Ups and downs Kate - that's what it will be for some time to come yet - but I am so glad to hear you are getting out there and plunging in at the deep end.

Snap said...

gorgeous post, Kate. loved the quotes, too. it's been almost 3 years since mr. dragon went on to the stars and i still have those *what the what* moments ... perhaps that's him saying to me *what the what* ... look and listen, something beautiful is just around the corner.


Connie in Hartwood said...

October in our part of the country is such a beautiful month ... my favorite, I think. Your piece of the world is especially beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us through your imagination and your lens. (If I don't get a chance to tell you, remember that there are a whole lot of us who will be thinking of you when you go back to work this week.)

Daryl said...

couldnt agree more ... to all of it xox

thecrazysheeplady said...

Love the Ansel Adams quote!

Carolynn Anctil said...

These are all lovely images and I'm loving the collection of quotes. I also love that you snuck one of your own profound musings in there.

I'm so glad to hear that you're beginning to find your centre again and that you're being gentle with yourself and honouring the feelings you're experiencing and that you're getting out and enjoying life with friends.

I can also vouch for your apple pie recipe. Yummy!

Blessings, Kate.

Hilary said...

What the what, indeed.

Be happy, Kate. Life is too damn short to be otherwise.
And there's Maine.

Jill of All Trades said...

Yes, just beautiful Kate. I have to apologize as I've been missing as of late to the blog world and I just read about your love. Oh my gosh, my heart and love goes out to you.

The apple pies...I'm making some this weekend and the recipes are just in time. Carla

Em Parkinson said...

I'm a great believer in crying Kate, and do so on a regular basis! So pleased you are finding happiness alongside your grief. That shows huge hope for the future. x

Candace said...

Gorgeous, as always, Kate! I like your quote as well as Jim Richardson's. I'm glad you are enjoying some happy times.

Gayle said...

Everything about this column is love. What wonderful truths you share with us. Continued blessings. Is this the week you return to school?

Unknown said...

That first photo just took my breath away. I lived in Maryland for five years, and I grew to cherish my Maryland autumns. Thanks for bringing back some lovely memories.

alphabet soup said...

I'm with Arnold Newman and Jim Richardson when it comes to photography and that Kate Young -- who ever she is??!!

As far as subject matter, for me the brilliant red leaf wins hands down and as it should be, Miss Blackie secures second place.

Ms Soup

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Devon said...

If there is anything better than enjoying this post it is enjoying this post while listening to the Autumn soundtrack by George Winston. Lovey!

Seriously, wonderful words and wonderful photos.. Healing for us all!

Kelly said...

You bless me every time you post your pictures and share your heart...
Thank you and may God continue to bless you with happiness and beautiful things.

JC said...

Love that you are loving life.

It's Sunday night and I just saw that you posted. Yeah for you.

A little something is coming your way.

Watch for it ...

Like always, thinking of you and proud as hell of you.

JC and the girls

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Glad you are having some happy moments---Autumn is such a beautiful season and I love your photos! I use pie crust mix too because it never fails. I just bought a bag of beautiful tart MacIntosh apples which I will use to make that pie. (I collect vintage cookbooks because they really knew how to cook by scratch)! I just ate one of those apples--it was good!

Karen said...

I made your pie last night.. and OMG it is truly the best ever, and not hard to make!... it's all gone today, a big hit with my family and it shall grace our Thanksgiving table.

As for photography... so true, it's not the camera.. it's the eye of the beholder.

thotlady said...

I especially like the Ansel Adams quote.

Good to hear from you.

The JR said...

I copied your apple pie recipe recently and want to make it.

Love all the photos.

George is awesome as usual. Love Blackie Kittie too!

Lee Owenby said...

You've taken some really beautiful photos over the years. You have a great eye for composition and your photos are always creative and romantic - just beautiful! Glad to see you trying to get back into the swing of things. Good luck on your first few days back at work (I think you said you go back tomorrow?).

Thinking of you.


Show-Me Sooz said...

That's a gorgeous vivid red leaf. The colorful branch above your quote might be my next desktop. At the moment, though, I'm loving Cadillac Mountain. How serene! It's so good to hear your activities and how you're caring for yourself. I think we all savor the manor house pictures.

sharon said...

mmmm hot apple pie with one scoop of ice cream. Delish! Love the autumn pics, it's getting to be sweater weather. I love the expression on your cat. can't help it, I'm a cat lover. Enjoy your week, your friends and your surroundings.

Kerri Farley said...

Absolutely Magnificent images Kate!! and so glad you were able to get out with friends!!

Bluebird49 said...

Kate-- I have no doubt your pies taste just as good as they look; those extra touches take time, and you're always doing your extra best. Your beloved was so very've made so many beautiful memories together.

Now, you are making new ones and I know, without a doubt in my mind, that you will continue to bless and be blessed, Kate. You are a special woman---a woman of substance!

Jan's camera said...

Hi, Thanks for the wonderful autumn photos. And I love the quotes. Good to see a photo of Miss Blackie, too. Usually the only time of year I bake is now. I need to try that apple pie. That feather is so beautiful. What type of bird would that be?

Lisa Gordon said...

It looks like you are having a wonderfully colorful autumn, Kate. I hope you are having the same gorgeously mild weather we have been having. Very unusual, but I'll take it!

It is very good to see you back here!

Caroline said...

Beautiful photos, Kate. Your posts warm my coming home to a warm and happy home that smells like fresh baked pie. Seriously!

A New England Life said...

What an awesome post, Kate. Love the song!!! The pictures and quotes are perfect. You really made me smile : )

I'm glad to hear you are in a good place. Best of luck at work tomorrow!

A New England Life said...

What an awesome post, Kate. Love the song!!! The pictures and quotes are perfect. You really made me smile : )

I'm glad to hear you are in a good place. Best of luck at work tomorrow!

A New England Life said...

What an awesome post, Kate. Love the song!!! The pictures and quotes are perfect. You really made me smile : )

I'm glad to hear you are in a good place. Best of luck at work tomorrow!

A New England Life said...

What an awesome post, Kate. Love the song!!! The pictures and quotes are perfect. You really made me smile : )

I'm glad to hear you are in a good place. Best of luck at work tomorrow!

mrs mediocrity said...

So many beautiful Octobers to remember... what you said about seeing beautiful things really touched my heart.

And I agree with your photography quote, showing up with your camera is the best place to start.


Hedy King said...

Kate, your photos are great, your world is similar to mine in Indiana. Fall is so heartbreakingly lovely. Thank you for reminding me that it is ok to be happy after such a loss as we have had. Being torn as to what I should be feeling. Good to know delight in nature is still a part of me. I'm hoping you can respond by email now. I attempted to make corrections. Hedy

Donna S. said...

Thinking of you!! Hope your week goes smoothly!!

Gail said...

Beautiful photographs.

Take care.

Meg McCormick said...

I like that song, too, but... I don't GET it. Is it really just about how it's cold and "stick your hands in the holes of my sweater", or is it something more? Hmm. I don't know.

I'm glad you're finding glimpses of happiness around you.

spindrift,maine said...

You sound good, Kate. I'm happy about that. xo

Cindy said...

Just wanted to say hi and see how you were doing. Love your post. The photos are beautiful.

Lili said...

Honestly Kate, you can weave so much loveliness into one post with your words and your images and NOW your awesome pies are taking their place right there too! xo

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