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A room with a view (of the Sassafras tree). 🍁🍂🍁
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#autumnatmaplehurst #throughtheseoldwindows
In some ways, paying attention is easier in Autumn. There’s nothing quiet about the song of a sugar maple in October. But though the earth shouts, the world howls and it seems we have good reasons for worry—possibly even despair. News is heavy and hard in all directions.
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And so paying attention—no matter how loud the trees—is never easy. It is always a discipline. Always something to practice.
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This weekend, I spent more than a little time tuning it ALL out with the help of Netflix. 😉 No shame in that. But it might take more than coffee to wake up again today.
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#autumnatmaplehurst
When we replaced the exterior siding on our kitchen and moved a door, we also took down some upper cabinets in order to install taller windows. Less stuff in storage and more sunlight? I do not regret that choice. ✨💛✨
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#maplehurstkitchen #weareplacemakers
Right here. Right now. 🍂🍂🍂
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#throughtheatticwindow #autumnatmaplehurst
A rare teen sighting.
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Related/unrelated: life is weird and hard, but Friday nights are ✨✨✨
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Deep breaths, friends. Rest well. 💛
Those glorious few days when the potted plants I brought in from the cold are still happy and green and unaware that the sunroom is not so sunny as the back porch despite its name. 😉 It’s all downhill from here folks.
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TWO THINGS!
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First, new Table gatherings are forming in the Black Barn Online. Join us to explore the Enneagram, or Holy Yoga, or play with graphic design?? It’s so hard to choose! (See my Stories!)
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Second, my online garden club is open!! But just for two weeks. I’d love to help you plan your garden this winter.
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#blackbarncollective #weareplacemakers #blackbarngardenclub #wearegardenmakers
Are #fridayintroductions still a thing? I’ve been desperate for a new photo because every time I pull up social media I’m confronted with the pixie-cut image of my pre-quarantine self. And it’s been driving me nuts, as if I’m putting up a false front with every online post. ☺️
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I feel as if I’ve aged years in these months, as if the gray hairs growing longer and longer on my head have mirrored some internal process. But I don’t resent the aging, nor my sense that it has recently accelerated. Somehow it feels right and good to know that hard months HAVE changed me—inside and out.
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My name is Christie Purifoy. I’m an author and gardener and placemaker here at an old Quaker-built farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania.
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I’m working on a book of essays about flower gardening, with photographs. I co-host the #outoftheordinarypodcast with my long-time friend @lisajobaker And I’m one of the founding members of the #blackbarncollective where faith and art cultivated in community take root, flourish, and grow. In my spare time (ha ha ha!) I host an online garden club and help my youngest navigate virtual second grade.
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I am proudly earning my gray hairs these days.
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Has the year of our Lord 2020 changed you, too?
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#weareplacemakers

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