Great Expectations

 We’re all looking forward to Fall at my house~ anticipating its arrival with great expectations. . .

Eager for cooler weather & less humidity. . .


Anxious for the smell of Fall in the air~ apple cider, pumpkin pie & fires burning. . .

Longing for cooler nights~ sleeping under blankets with windows open. . .

Under clear skies~ watching the moon rise. . .

 Anticipating fewer boats on the lake~  enjoying the peace & scenery. . .

Hoping to glimpse golden sunsets. . .

Longing for more outdoor chair & reading time. . .

Yearning the arrival of pumpkins & Fall color. . .

Now if only the weather will follow the calendar’s lead :)

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  43 comments for “Great Expectations

  1. September 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Beautiful colors………your photos are absolutely gorgeous….Love how your ‘children’ pose for you!

  2. September 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Beautiful photos! I love the orange reflection in the lake. Joining you from Seasonal Sunday. Have a great afternoon!

  3. September 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Mary, these photos are beautiful. Your two dogs have got to be the cutest little balls of fluff I have ever seen! xo,

  4. September 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    oh your live in a glorious place… and take such exceptional pics you can’t help but envy you :)

    the girls are so cute…so mannerly and demur looking.

    paddle wheels to egyptian pyramids, you got it all!

    and i have coveted your fall lake colors…

    tell me, is she howling at the moon ;)

  5. September 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Oh, those precious little poochies are Soooo darn cute! That first shot is exquisite but I love the one sitting beside your DH in the chair, too. They must be such wonderful company for you, Mary.
    You’ve got some lovely views of the lake & all your autumn flowers & gourds looks great…now for some cooler weather. Its HERE for sure! We woke up to 40º. Brrrrrrr!

  6. September 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Beautiful post, Mary. We are longing for the same things here in

  7. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    September 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Beautiful pics Mary, love the sunset! Hope it cools off soon for you, it’s been amazing in Philly the last few days:@)

  8. September 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful puppy dogs, and the reflections are gorgeous. Lovely shots of the lake. A lovely post and mosiac. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  9. Pondside
    September 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    What a pretty change-of-season you portray!

  10. September 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Stunning beautiful images …they remind me of a very happy lake that we visit annually. Those puppy faces could not be cuter!

  11. September 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Cute doggies! You captured beautiful colors of the sky! The orange glow well reflected on the waters!

    Happy week ahead!

  12. September 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    What beautiful pictures and the order in which you showed them is perfect. Love the dogs. They add that perfect touch. A wonderful series and mosaic for all of us to enjoy. genie

  13. September 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Oh what lovely, peaceful and beautiful images! I hope you see some cooler weather soon! xoxo

  14. September 19, 2011 at 12:23 am

    What a BEAUTIFUL post! I adore Fall, and we are having a TASTE of Fall weather. It is glorious! Your pictures are gorgeous! Love all the pumpkins on the stone wall, beautiful! XO, Pinky

  15. September 19, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Beautiful photos. Love the fall ones of the adirondack chairs and pumpkins. It’s already feeling that way here and the trees are just starting to turn. Have a lovely day. Pamela

  16. September 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    What a great mosaic you did for us today! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice week,

  17. Ellen
    September 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Oh my it was nice to come along with you on your fall thoughts and photos!!

  18. September 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Your photos are stunning. I love the ones of “the girls” looking out & enjoying the wind in their hair. We are hoping to be on the lake this weekend as we got the boat back from the shop (always something isn’tit?) It is finally cooling off here so MAYBE you will nudge me to get my fall things out

  19. September 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Oh what lovely and beautiful images! It seems that you have lovelyh weather, perfect for an outing! The dogs are so sweet. Have a fine week.

  20. September 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    What a lovely location. ….the girls seem to be enjoying themselves! I love the pictures of the sky. ….absolutely beautiful!

  21. September 20, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Your dogs are “adorable.”
    Joyce M

  22. Pat
    September 21, 2011 at 12:53 am

    It has definitely become cooler here as the days shorten. I am always naxious for autumn to begin, as I love that season the best, but then as it approaches I begin to feel sad about the end of fresh vegetables and flowers and long hours of daylight. One thing I won’t miss is the humidity!

  23. September 21, 2011 at 4:03 am

    These are truly amazing shots and I can not even pick a favourite! the pooches are too adorable for words!

  24. September 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Those are amazing pictures…I just adore the first one! The sunset is so pretty too…they are all wonderful…we are looking forward to Autumn here as well!

  25. September 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Fall is such a wonderful time of year. The dogs are too cute! I too can’t wait to sprinkle the garden with pumpkins. Still a bit warm so for now overgrown squash will do. Enjoy!

  26. September 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Awesome series the reflection on the lake is beautiful. Your dogs are the cutest :)

  27. September 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Love how your babies lend to your post. Fall is coming, slower in some parts than others. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescapers

  28. September 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Sleeping under blankets with the windows open indeed! And could those pups get any cuter??

  29. Riet
    September 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Beautiful photo’s . Love the expectations.
    Great x word

  30. Lisa H.
    September 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love crisp mornings and your photos took me to the perfect place to enjoy a fall day. I’m envious.

  31. September 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I love fall too/:)

  32. September 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Your dog children are definitely waiting for something exciting to happen. Great photos!!

  33. September 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I love your pictures! What wonderful views both you and the dogs have.

  34. September 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Now you have me longing for more fall-like weather. Beautiful pictures!

  35. September 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    outstanding photos, wow.

    the first one makes me smile.

  36. September 28, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    This is X-ceedingly beautiful! The photos are X-ceptional! I think you outdid yourself here! Thanks for sharing! Love the photos!

  37. September 29, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I must need new glasses, I’m seeing double.

  38. September 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I could curl up right now with a book and that blanket…

  39. September 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    This post is nothing short of enchanting.

    I loved it.


  40. Karen S.
    September 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Not sure which I should comment on first the darling doggies or the most stunning of all photos of what a dream life that is! It so reminds me of the St. Croix we just spent some time on this Tuesday….what a great post!

  41. Pondside
    September 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Those little ones looking out at the water – precious! Your images of the last of summer are lovely.

  42. September 30, 2011 at 12:16 am

    These are amazing shots! I love the ones of the reflections in the water. Oh and the shots of your doggies are just so adorable :)

  43. October 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Wow. I can’t believe you captured that single orange cloud like that.

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    And your little friends are totally charming and photogenic!

    I yearn for fall, too.

    And I yearn to sit on that water and look at that amazing sunset!

    Absolutely Xcellent X link.


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