Cooler summer and fall nights are marked by evenings spent lounging around the fire with friends and family. In outdoor landscapes there are two solutions for fires, fireplaces and fit pits. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. Fireplaces are permanent structures requiring stricter regulations for installation, but can transform a patio to an outdoor living room. While fire pits allow you flexibly with placement and often are cheaper. Both can make a huge impact in a landscape and allow you to enjoy the outdoors further into the evening and season.
At home we have a large round cooper Smith & Hawken fire pit that is surrounded by 4 vintage butterfly chairs. I love both the look and how we can pull up more chairs as company expands, however I can go without having rainwater catching in the bowl and having to worry about my son around the low fire. What would you choose for your own home?
We are lucky that one street over from our house is a winding, tree lined road that takes you past horse pastures, a polo field and along a stream. It is my favorite route to work to see all the seasonal color, no matter what time of year. Here are some photos from my drive today.
After dinner tonight we took our nightly walk through our neighborhood with James. Along the walk James collected different colored leaves that we saw and then completed the search around our own yard. Here is the the collection of leaves James found (with some help from Dad and Mom).
We have few more days of nice weather forecasted this week and then comes the rain. With the rain the majority of the leaves will fall, so I am going to enjoy ever last minute we have with this beautiful color!
So on Sunday I headed out for dinner and a stroll around Granville, Ohio. It is a small college town about 20 minutes outside of Columbus. As you reach Grandville the land transforms from the flat suburbs into rolling farm fields and large forests. We had a great time strolling the historic streets, hiking up to Denison’s Campus and eating at a local Mexican restaurant. On the drive home, we realized the best fall color is just 5 minutes from our house, so expect more photos tomorrow.