1 I filled a large cornucopia with lots of pumpkins, squash and gourds, and placed it in the center of the courtyard outside my stable to welcome my guests.
2 A variety of cucurbits in different sizes, shapes and colors - all picked from my pumpkin patch last week.
3 Next to my stable is my Carriage House, where I store my horse-drawn carriages and sleighs. During the stable tour, I offered refreshments from this building as well.
4 My longtime housekeeper, Laura Acuna, served refreshments to the guests - homemade applesauce, eggs, apples and warm apple cider.
5 The eggs - freshly picked from my chickens - were hard boiled and left for guests to eat with some salt and pepper..
7 Beautiful red apples from my dwarf apple orchard - delicious eaten on their own, or used to make my pink applesauce.
8 On the window sills of my Carriage House, I decorated with more cucurbits. I love all the many sizes and colors.
9 More cucurbits sat on another window sill. Leaving long stems on them increases their keeping time.
10 Various gourds were used to decorate my canary cages, which get stored in the Carriage House when not in use. These black ones are used when I entertain. For everyday use, my beautiful canaries are in a cage painted Bedford gray.
11 The vibrant colors of the gourds and squash look so nice against the black of the cages.
12 On the other side of my Carriage House were two beautiful horse-drawn carriages and one gig. This first carriage is a Brewster Wicker Phaeton.
13 Also known as a Lady's Wicker Phaeton, the low-slung body allowed easy access for women wearing long skirts.
14 These "sporty" open carriages were popular in the late 18th - early 19th centuries. They typically minimal bodies and four extravagant wheels over open seating.
15 This is a Brewster Bronson Wagon, from 1900, which was the popular sporting wagon for country gentlemen during the time. It's framed and paneled sides were the inspiration for the early "Woody" station wagons.
16 I try to take very good care of these beautiful carriages.
17 A cornucopia, from the Latin cornu copiae or horn of plenty, is a symbol of abundance and nourishment. It is commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce.
18 The morning brought many wonderful guests to my stable.
19 Betsy Perreten is my longtime stable manager - she oversees the care of all my stable residents: five horses, two ponies and three donkeys. Betsy greeted guests and answered any questions they had about the stable during the walking tour.
20 Here was my dear friend, Muffin Dowdle, behind the large cornucopia.
21 Debbie Costa, and Betsy.
22 All my horses, ponies and donkeys are very social. They loved meeting all the guests as much as my guests love meeting them. Ban Chunch is especially fond of the attention.
23 Ban Chunch is a young Fell pony I acquired for my grandchildren, Jude and Truman, nearly a year ago.
24 One of my three Sicilian donkeys, Clive, wanted some attention too.
25 And don't forget Rufus.
26 Billie is the only female equid in the stable - a very sweet, and affectionate donkey.
27 Here were Betsy and Frank Bua. Frank is a neighbor who introduced me to my song bird Timbrado canaries. Timbrados originated from Spain and are famous for their continuous singing.
28 Jennie Eckerson and Ban Chunch, who is also smiling for the camera.
29 This is my beautiful Friesian, Ramon, who just returned from a nice walk around the farm.
30 It was hard not to say hello to such a beautiful and majestic animal - and all my Friesians are so gentle with visitors.
31 The tour was held for several hours during the day, during which groups of people visit one of several barns scheduled on the tour.
32 Betsy, Jennie, and Lara Ward.
33 It was a bit chilly, but a clear, crisp day with no wind - a perfect day to tour the barns in the area.
34 I paved the courtyard with gorgeous old cobblestone.
35 In this planter in front of one of the three buildings on the courtyard, is a variety of different shaped succulents, such as echeveria, crassula, agave, and aeonimum. They looked very nice with all the varying heights and colors.
36 Here was the second of the two stone planters filled with beautiful succulents.
37 Everyone loved taking photos of the cornucopia.
38 In other parts of the farm - signs of the changing seasons.
39 This is a view of the autumnal changes along the north paddock on the way to my chicken coops.
40 On the opposite side, lots of different colors were emerging as well.
41 The fall collage is looking so gorgeous behind the great white pines.
42 Here is a view of the northeast paddock and my grove of American Beech trees.
43 This carriage road leads to my woods and back fields - the foliage is so pretty.
44 It was an excellent fall day for a stable tour through Cantitoe Corners and other Barns through the Bedford area.