I was in NY recently for a good friend's wedding. She chose Lake George as her location and it could not have been more perfect - in every way. The changing leaves and ice blue water of the lake were the most spectacular back drop for the newlyweds, and I got to experience what we don't get much of in Ireland:
...the leaves. Oh, the leaves. We had the most colourful Autumn that I can remember in Ireland this year, but nothing compares to the North Eastern US for colourful Autumns. Look how beautiful my friend and her new hubby looked:
(photo courtesy of their amazing photographer, Joe Elario)
I also got to have this:
Ahhh, the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. How I missed you! Listen up, Starbucks Ireland - add this to your menu, please. You won't regret it.
This Autumn, as a new Mother, I, of course, wanted to give C all the Autumn experiences that other children have (never mind that she isn't even a year old yet!). One American tradition that I love, but never experienced myself, is going to the pumpkin patch. Now, Ireland is only really getting the hang of pumpkins. They've always made an appearance at Halloween but other than that they're hard to come across (particularly in food and drinks - sob!). So my sister and I searched high and low and she found the one and only pumpkin patch in Ireland just outside Drogheda in Laytown. That was the extent of the information we found so one Saturday morning the hubby, C and I ventured out to find this pumpkin patch. We found it - on a farm. Compared to its US counterparts, this pumpkin patch was definitely on the small side but we picked a perfect pumpkin and C got to see young turkeys, chickens and her favourite, dogs.
She had so much fun, as did we! My sister came over and we spent a day making all kinds of delicious Autumn foods and carved our little punky. It was the perfect way to kick off the Autumn.
Here are some more things that make my Autumn merry and bright:
J.Crew - in Sea Salt, Warm Taupe, or even Dark Cypress. I love the '50s lines of this coat.
Given the forecast for Dublin, a pair of these wedge wellies might be a wise investment!
I've been after a leather jacket for quite some time.
My parents had a Globetrotter and it reminds me of holidays from my childhood. This lemon one would be perfect for our Thanksgiving holiday, and we definitely wouldn't lose it on the baggage claim belt.
Martha Stewart's Ginger Pumpkin Bread recipe. Delish!
Butternut Squash Soup? Yes, please!
What are your Autumn faves and must-haves?