Autumn at the Manor

The autumn is my favorite time of year. And although I spent most of it traveling for work this year, I did manage to capture a few fall photos of goings-on at The Manor. 

Probably the most impressive change was the construction of a new swingset/playhouse for the kids--all eleven of them in our 4-house communal backyard. It took about a bazillion man-hours to assemble, but it is now an awesome place for the kids to congregate. 

We also enjoyed some time at the nearby park, which had all of its foliage on full display. A weekend visit from my grad school roommate made for excellent plastic-drum music.

The Manor was gorgeous for five solid weeks as the leaves changed. Sadly, what remains are some droopy, bare branches and about six thousand magnolia pine cones on the front lawn. Onward, winter!