Hello November! Although the calendar still says it’s fall, Mother Nature decided to dump a few inches of snow on us in time for Halloween. Not fun! But on a positive note, I had the pleasure of visiting my sister and enjoying fall on her farm in southwest Michigan with both my daughters and their families.
Today is cozy living Saturday with my blogging friends and I want to share the wonderful weekend with you all. Because to me, being outdoors in the fall, picking apples, enjoying a corn maze, cozying up on the couch with loved ones – are all things that give me warm fuzzies this time of year.
The photo above is the front porch of the Airbnb cabin we rented just north of Kalamazoo. My sister’s place is in Hastings, about 30 miles west of Grand Rapids. The area is slightly hilly with tons of trees. We were lucky to visit just as most of the trees were reaching peak color. The following pics show the pretty views from the back deck of the house where we stayed. (I’ll apologize now for the number of photos ahead.)
And just down the road were these fun longhorn cows grazing in the field. I had to pull over to get some photos.
Our cabin was about 5 miles from my sister’s place, which is Cotant’s Farm Market. In October they offer the typical farm fall activities like a gigantic corn maze, bounce houses and obstacle courses for kids, fresh donuts and caramel corn – you get the idea. My favorite activity was the apple picking in their expansive orchard. The “pink ladies” were ripe and ready for us.
We also picked Jonagolds, Red Empress, and Golden Delicious. Needless to say, I’ll be doing some type of apple baking or preserving this weekend. Here’s my daughter picking I don’t remember which type of apple.
And Little Foo (Forrest) enjoying a Jonagold.
The kids had a blast riding the John Deere tractor course and all the other fun stuff. Zoe is trying to stay in front of two of the local boys.
Aiden is helping Bear despite his walking boot (he’s okay now). You can see the zip line in the back – even Bear enjoyed it and hung on the whole way. I just love when the entire family is together like this and am so glad everyone gets along well enough to stay in one house together.
And I have to introduce you to Buffy the farm kitty!
Here’s a few more images taken along country roads in southwest Michigan. I love the rolling hills and abundance of trees.
Our family returns to southwest Michigan this coming summer but this time we’re staying just steps away from Lake Michigan in a different Airbnb rental home. I’ll leave you with one last shot of fall color from the mitten state.
And yes, I did take photos of historic homes throughout the town and will share those in a couple of weeks. For now, enjoy visiting my blogging friends who are also sharing some of their cozy living goodness!