Thursday, April 30, 2009

Entertaining in Autumn - Beautiful golds and greens

I'm hooked on table settings outside in Autumn

Where have all the colours gone this week? I have been dashing around for the last couple of weeks and only a couple of days ago noticed that most of the leaves in my garden are gone. Living in the Southern Highlands is amazing in Autumn, most of the homes and gardens have a been beautifully decorated with trees that match the colours of the homes. Long country driveways full of the same coloured autumn tree, sandstone homes with dark burnt coloured leaves and yellow homes with yellow trees and red trees with red tiles on the roof. Most of the properties are very old and the trees enormous. I can only imagine that years ago the owners lived through the seasons and then planned their gardens.

Here are some of my autumn gardens and homes around the highlands and my autumn table setting. It's still a great time to have salads with some warm vegetables, plus I love the colours of the different lettuce leaves. They match the autumn colours perfectly (don't forget I'm one of those silly stylists and everything has to mix and match together, ha ha).

Above are some of my favourite images at my parent's home, my father above looks out over the cows. A lovely spot for their retirement and for having an enormous family (I'm one of six children) they get many visitors on holidays. We have had some fabulous lunches and barbeque's here and it is such a wonderful place for relaxing and forgetting about our busy lives for a little while.

I decided to mix both my table settings (Tablescape Thursdays) and my outdoor stories (Outdoor Wednesday) together this week as I'm about to dash of to The Wizard Workshop.
You must pop over to the gorgeous two Susan's in the States and see their amazing posts this week and everyone else who have joined their parties.

and .................................... I'm totally hooked on Autumn colours this week and the last month. Everywhere I look the colours are amazing, even in our local schools, it takes my breath away. I am so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful colours.

I have also joined Julia at her HOOKED on FRIDAYS PARTY, here's a link to Julia's blog, it is quite an amazing blog showcasing wonderful homes.

Have a great day and thank you for visiting me and my blog in Australia xx Coty


  1. Your photos are just absolutely stunning! I get all dizzy headed looking at them - they're so beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  2. Oh, your photographs are always so beautiful! I have you in my feed list and the other day I was reading through your blog and about your career and that night I had a dream. I dreamed I was somewhere and picked up a small bottle of lotion of some kind and on the front it said, "Styling by Coty Farquhar" in your blog font. I had to laugh. Now you are moving into cosmetics!

    My favorite photos of yours has to be the child's hands that you posted not too long ago. Ever since my son was born, he had these chunky hands (for most of his life he was a skinny string bean but now he's all grown up!) that were beautiful. Here he was this little baby with these gorgeous fingers. I always loved his hands and wanted a picture of them however he is disabled and his arms are always a bit twisted in photos and the hands never really show much. A few months back they sent me a photo from school that included his hands (my son is severely disabled and his arms/hands have never been functional). It was such a treasure. It wasn't as beautiful as your photographs but it was beautiful to me because he was happy doing something he loved, making these dog biscuits at school (his hands were just sitting in the flour). As I looked at your photographof the children's hands, I thought, I wonder what kind of pretty photo Coty could have taken of his hands.

    Congrats on the costume making. I can't wait to see the luscious photos of that.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous photos. Your blog is stunning...really stunning!

  4. Always a feast for the eyes here!!!

  5. I agree with Mary truly a feast for my eyes this morning.
    Your parents retirement haven looks perfect for your large family to come together. I too am from a family of 6 and now mom and dads posterity is almost 100 with 56 great grandchildren! Mom is still alive at age 82 to enjoy her family.
    I really loved all your photos and it looks like you are very successful in everything you do!


  6. Coty,
    The photography in your posts is exquisite. It is so odd to mean the difference in seasons; we are in the midst of spring time here. Autumn is my favorite season and I can tell by your pictures it is lovely there as well.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Nola @ The Bloom Girls

  7. You always have such stunning photographs. You make me want to come to Australia. Maybe someday.

  8. It is always a JOY to visit you with your beauty!!! STUNNING!!!

  9. These are beautiful photos Coty and really capture the season in the country. Loved this post!


  10. Gorgeous! I always think your blog looks like pages from a beautiful magazine. After reading more about your life on your "About" page today, now I know why! :-)

  11. robinson_pamela@msn.comSaturday, May 02, 2009

    wow... what an amazing blog... i am sooo happy to have found you.. have a lovely weekend...

  12. Coty, these photographs are lovely. My father raised cattle when I was small, so seeing your dad gazing out over his pastures brought back fond memories for me. My dad loved Australia and once told me that if he were a younger man, he would have sold out and moved there. Seeing these photographs, I understand exactly why he would have wanted to do just that.



  13. I was in need of some beauty today, Coty, and you didn't disappoint me!
    Autumn certainly is beautiful in Australia, especially seen through your eyes.


  14. Beautiful, beautiful pictures.
    Have a fabulous day!

  15. WOW, what a blessing to live somewhere so amazing. It makes my parents homes look lame ;-P I love how you draped the striped fabric off the back of the chairs. Clarice

  16. Oh my! What a surprise lay in store for me when I clicked on your blog to see your tablescape! I am utterly enchanted with your photography. I have both a decorating blog and a gardening blog. So I very much appreciate the beauty of flowers and landscape and angles. I shall bookmark you and be back very soon!

  17. What a wonderful discovery, your photo's are beautiful! I noticed your husband's name is Farquhar. This is also one of my family names on my mother's side from Scotland. ~Cathy~

  18. Fabulous.....

    Hope your weekend has been beautiful

  19. Sorry I am late getting around to visit... I hope you had a Happy Outdoor Wednesday....and that you will participate again soon! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan


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