Hi Everyone! Time for Witchcraft.The good kind! MUSICA

Love lighting candles in the fall, when it starts getting dark earlier . . . makes the rooms so cozy.

We’re deep in it now . . . Storms are now on most of our windows, I’ve remade the beds with comforters, no one wants to get up in the morning, we are too happy!

Did anyone try the donuts? I wasn’t surprised to learn how many parts of the country had never heard of Cider Donuts since we can’t get them here either, and we ARE New England and we HAVE farmstands!

I forgot to show you the bottom of the donut pans! Very festive . . . and now, it’s time for our drawing . . .

The winner of the two sizes of donut pans, the signed copy of Edible Magazine, and package of Christmas recipe cards is 

L I N D S A Y    S C H . . . . whose “little kids” will love the smell of cider donuts baking in the oven! Congratulations, Lindsay … I’ll email you and you can send me your address!

I wrote about my house for my Autumn Book. Some of you have read this story, but just in cases . . . As a young girl growing up in California, I never imagined I would someday live in an old Captain’s House on an island in New England, much too much of a dream come true, way too Louisa May Alcott, veering on the very edges of Abigail Adams . . . but that just goes to show you, life has a way of surprising us! 🍂🍂🍂

Look who came to visit! Lots of you know these two wonderful women ~ I’ve posted their pictures before, especially when we were in England together, but many of you talk to them when you call the Studio, or you’ve written to say how much you love the caring way they wrap packages they send from our web store. Kellee on the left, has been my right-hand person for twenty years (‼️), and Sheri, on the right, has been making our lives easier for the last ten years. Which means, if any of you have been trying to get hold of them for the last week, you now know why you couldn’t! They’re here!

We had the best time. It was Kellee’s second time on the island, and Sheri’s first. The weather was perfect the entire time, cool, crisp, sweater-weather, very different from the Central Coast of California where they live. We walked every single morning they were here, just like we did when we were in the Lake District for the picnic at Castle Cottage!

We have dear friends living in one of the old fishing shacks out on the water, Joe and I often stop and visit in the morning. This time we took the girls. Wanted to give them the whole wonderful experience!


Pretty as could be . . . wind through the grasses …

They loved our woods filled with magical floaty leaves . . .

Love it when our friends and family come visit and we get to take them on an “Island Tour!” We forget to go! In this pic we’re up-island, in the little fishing village of Menemsha, where Jaws was filmed.

They have some tough rules for their beach!

Very quiet this time of year. In summer it’s crazyland, crowded with summer people who come for the wonderful sunsets from the beach with rules.

Recognize this beautiful old graveyard, shining golden in the afternoon autumn sun?

Yes, we stopped by to say hello to Nancy Luce.

One of my favorite Island Heroes, Nancy Luce, the brave chicken lady. If you don’t know who she is, you’ll love her, click there and read about her.

Afterwards we walked grave-to-grave, reading out loud to each other, names and dates … I think we got back to about 1703, old names, old times, old memories, and all a mystery, except for Nancy.

At home, over breakfast, tea, and coffee, we plotted our business, what kind of calendar to do next year, what kind of new cups, new charms, cross-stitch and Christmas cards, surprises, and free things, my job, their jobs, the new book, and when, keeping up with everyone, making things work! We love this kind of creative talk! So much more fun to do it in person rather than over the phone!

Into the Fine Romance van we went every day, shotgun-person changing with each stop! On back roads overhung with red-and-green-leafed trees, lined with yellow and orange bushes, color shining in the sun.

Sheri’s in the front seat, I’m in the back, but I CAN’T get a picture of the whole lighthouse through that window! I need help!

Voila! Problem solved! Thank you Sheri!

On our way home . . . another beautiful day . . .

And next, a must-stop, the Field Gallery, with the famous dancing sculptures in the yard, many done by Tom Malley who is no longer with us . . .

So much joy and charm . . .

It’s catching!

Nearby, a road perfect for the curious mind . . . wonder where THAT goes . . . ? ? ?

Across the street from the sculptures is Alley’s General Store, a landmark since 1858!

Of course we had to take them to Little House Cafe for delicious strawberry shortcake! Which we ordered with ice cream AND chocolate sauce! And four spoons!

Back to meandering . . . we brake for nurseries!

We’ve been wanting to get some of these late-blooming daisies! They seem to be everywhere this year, except in our garden! Fixing that!

And then, a day in Edgartown . . . charming side streets lined with small and large cottages, and whaling-captain mansions with widow’s walks on roofs overlooking the harbor.

To the wide porch of the Harborview Hotel . . .

We’re laughing because this sign was just too perfect!

Did a little sunglass shopping. Joe made us laugh when he tried on these, so NOT him . . . but perfect for putting on lipstick!

Cute! For lunch at The Atlantic!

Yes, they are ALL wearing Joe’s shorts! Because this motley crew is going clamming!

Which they did and hit the mother lode of clams . . . very exciting for a first time! Beginner’s luck!

. . . they brought them home so Joe could make us his famous stuffed clams . . .

They are even better than they look, toasty, crisp on top, a wee bit of bacon, slightly spicy, chewy clams, lemon zest, delicious! They brought home the bacon!

And out to the garden I went to get the makings of our salad.

We haven’t had a freeze yet, so we’re still getting fresh leaves and herbs. And a few last roses too.

We ate lunch out every day, but cooked dinner at night, lit the candles and ate at the kitchen table. This night we had salad, lamb chops, broccoli, and spinach.

We went out back to kick up some leaves, while Joe was back there raking . . . see him?

Contemplating leaves as art . . . 

We turned around to see this! He’s getting to be more me than me!

But you know . . . time passes . . . 9:30 am on Saturday, Sheri went off to visit her son at college in New Jersey, and Kellee headed home . . . 

After kisses and hugs goodbye, onto the ferry boat they went . . .

With one last . . .

wave goodbye . . .

And home I went, to change clothes, gather goodies to go to Edgartown to speak at the Carnegie Library (which isn’t really a library now, it’s a charming museum, complete with very nice gift shop!).

Since last weekend was also the famous Edgartown Food and Wine Festival, Edgartown Books and the Martha’s Vineyard Trust, who hosted this signing, suggested I talk about my first cookbook. My baby. Fine with me!

And so I did. I read the parts in my books that made up, for me, the anatomy of my first book: from The Fairy Tale Girl I read the part where I discovered Julia Child and fell into the wonderful art of cooking. And, from Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams, the story of the dark and stormy night in my first little Holly Oak house in the woods when I started trying to figure out how to write a book. And from the same book, I read about my first scary visit to a publisher, getting lost in Boston ~ then later, leaving fifty pages of my unfinished Heart of the Home behind so they could decide if they liked it enough to publish it, standing on their porch looking over the Boston Common,🍂🍁🍂 leaves swirling around my feet, hands clutched to my chest, with eyes-to-sky 🙏, and one-word prayer, “please.” (Made myself cry with this one.) It was a lovely day, I answered questions, signed books, and visited with, as always, the nicest people in the world.📖

Ahhhhhh, yes, deep breath of autumn leaves and salty air . . .

And here we are, thirty years later, another luv-lee November on the doorstep . . .🎃

Girls are gone. Wrist feels a LOT better. Still exercising it every morning. And, there’s my Enchanted diary, fat with memories . . . Back to work I go . . .💖

Finding the right words, the right watercolors to convey the magic and try to take you there . . .🎨

Because if you can’t smell the wildflowers in the Lake District, taste the salty Irish Sea as we cross, or hear the patter of rain on ancient and historical gravestones, I’m just not doing my job!🖌

There are probably tiny cat hairs in every watercolor, but Jack is not charging me for them, they are free!

Dream world, winter is coming to the house of creativity. It’ll be just us . . . I will be boring, because this will be Groundhog Day, not a lot of change except maybe which movie plays in the background while I work ~ We are giving a nice big Christmas Party 🎄 this year, that will be fun! . . . and my heart will be very happy in my quiet world where I never feel alone, because I have YOU!💞

We still have Halloween coming . . . here are some ideas for Pumpkin faces . . . don’t forget to put cinnamon on the inside of the lids . . . smells so good with the candle burning. Watch Practical Magic while you do it! Lots of fun Halloween ideas in my Autumn Book!

Merry Halloween, Dear Ones. Rabbit-Rabbit on Friday. Make donuts! Kick leaves. Be safe. Show love.💘 XOXOXOXOXOXO


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  1. Holly Q. says:

    I am so happy that I signed up for your blog. It is always chockablock full of fun and inspiration and I am grateful that we are able to follow along on the wonderful adventures that you, Joe and your friends embark upon. Your genuine personality shines through in each paragraph and photograph and your unpretentious manner is such a breath of fresh autumnal air 🍂.

    Thank you for being you!

  2. MaryAnn Hasbrouck says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful island in pictures. They are all beautiful. I love the fall and Halloween, Thanksgiving and then on to Christmas. What a wonderful time of year. Merry Halloween to you. Enjoy.

  3. Susan Eyerman says:

    Loved every word and picture. Will reread to savor again. Thank you!

  4. Simone says:

    Dear Susan, Thank you for sharing. I love your blogs. My husband and I just returned to our Florida home from visiting our son on your beautiful island.

  5. Patti says:

    I love the outfit you wore to Carnegie Library!! You look adorable:)
    Happy Harvest and Halloween .


  6. Sandi from the Cape says:

    What a fabulous post! I will try those donuts soon! I love your home, especially in Autumn! Gotta visit that graveyard someday. Happy trip Kellee and Sheri, must be so different than CA for you! Will Joe share his clam recipe? That’s one fabulous garden haul, this late in the year! I need Joe in my yard! Not to make hearts but to rake! Ha ha! Love your black and white outfit, stunning! Beautiful Autumn garden pic. So glad you’re on the mend and everything is returning to normal! LOVE Practical Magic! Will try the cinnamon in the pumpkin lid, great idea! Rabbit Rabbit on Friday to you dear Susan xoxoxoxo

  7. Stephanie says:

    Dear Susan,
    So enjoyed this blog post, and your island tour with Kellee and Sheri! I recently received my “Red Letter Day” mug, which I bought for myself for my birthday. So fun to see Sheri holding that mug in a photo! I love love love my mug….so beautiful, and delightfully optimistic, and elegant in china! Many thanks for such an inspired design, just the thing for a hot cup of tea. You bring lots of much needed joy to this world….thank you for sharing your talents with us! Much gratitude!
    Stephanie =^..^=

  8. Judy in Oregon says:

    As always a great post. It is so nice to see your beautiful pictures and I think you have two very lucky employees to be able to visit in the fall. It is such a great time of year being the start of all the best holidays. Hope you and Joe have a great Halloween. I will be spending it at my daughters house carving pumpkins and passing out candy.

  9. paula says:

    Thank you for sharing !!
    Oh what a lovely visit with your girlfriends, I was like wooohaaa I MUST get back to Martha’s Vineyard soon, and this time I am planning on staying a few days, not just coming for a day visit. Do you have a book on touring the island? I know we missed so much since we where only there a day.
    When Joe was cleaning the clams in the sink , I was wondering if they smell fishy?!?!
    The star pumpkin was so cute, I must do one !!
    I love the thought of a “Big” Christmas party , I truly miss those days !

    Blessings in November ! oxox

  10. Margaret Matlock says:

    It’s always a good day when a new blog pops up from you. Looking forward to your new book! I just bought the Book “Gratuide” Love the quotes andd and drawings.

  11. Claudia says:

    What a treat to “meet” Kellee and Sheri! I recently talked with Sheri regarding one of your “angels.” I think you are surrounded by many angels! It’s wonderful when kindred hearts find their sisters💕

  12. Debbie Bartnicki says:

    I LOVE absolutly every single thing about this post!!! I could comment on every picture, but I won’t 🙂 … just know it was all perfect!!!
    Love from Debbie in Southern California xoxoxo

  13. Susan Edwards says:

    Susan … i love reading your journaling, pictures, and artwork. Your journals are an inspiration for me to keep a journal. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Anne in Maine says:

    I so enjoy EVERY blog!! Always makes me happy when I see your name in my inbox. Glad your wrist is better. Happy Halloween! 👻🎃

  15. Shelley says:

    Oh I loved this! I felt like I was with you all. You have a way with words and pictures!

    Have to tell you about visiting my friend Judy weeks ago. I was driving her car trying to find a yarn store. I kept ending up in front of your sweet home with the ghost in the window! What a surprise when Judy brought us to your home that night! Crashing your dinner to say hello. Kismet! You are lovely, can’t wait to read more of your adventures!

    Love from Snowy Colorado…..Shelley

    • sbranch says:

      Ha ha ha! That was so funny Shelley! I loved it. I just knew you girls were having a wonderful time in that car, music up, just like high school. Almost wanted to go with you! Happy Halloween!

  16. Anne In Maine says:

    Always a happy day when I see your name in my inbox! So happy to hear your wrist is feeling better. Hope to make it to the Vineyard to hear you speak some day.🤞Love your skirt! Have a Happy Halloween!👻🎃

  17. Debbie Sisk says:

    You are looking good in those pants!! Weigh to go😁

  18. Patti Lyon says:

    Oh Susan, thank you once again for sharing your charmed life with us. Someday I’m going to be lucky enough to visit your area. Until then, keep the posts coming!

  19. Dewena Greiner says:

    Hello Susan, Great autumn pictures and post. Joe’s Heart very sweet❤️ I kept hearing about Apple cider donuts. On your posts and in the Hallmark movies I have been watching. I wanted to try some. So I discovered they had them at Trader Joe’s. Needless to say but had to go buy some and try. Very good!! Your post was a welcomed relief to the terrible winds and fires here in California. We are all praying for the brave firemen and people and animals evacuating. I just thought in the midst of all these terrible times your blog was like a little hug of love ❤️ You always seem to help and keep our feet on the ground!! 🎃🌻🌸🌼🌺

    • sbranch says:

      I’m glad you felt that little hug of love. I’m so worried about our California friends and their families and pets. Just horrendous. Sending love and blessings. xoxoxoxo

  20. Barb says:

    Once again, thank you, Susan and Joe and especially, Jack for making me smile. Lovely post. Happy Hallowe’en!

  21. gwen graham says:

    Hi Susan,
    Thank YOU for celebrating FALL, and all it’s glory. Fall is my favorite season. Lately so many people are skipping Fall and decorating for Christmas now! December is a whole month to celebrate Christmas, I just don’t get it! Can’t they watch those Hallmark movies without decorating? Anyway, Thank You. Happy Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

  22. Lynn says:

    🍁Happy Halloween!🍁 I love your blog!🍁

  23. Hannah Wend says:

    Wow, you look terrific! Your healthy diet has really worked for you. Love my new Susan Branch calendars for next year! I had to buy both wall calendars so I could have the English countryside and your painted calendar too. And I always get the purse calendar as well. Hope you and Joe have a happy Halloween!

  24. Rosemary, just Northwest of Boston says:

    Dear Sue,
    Happy Halloween! And Happy Fall! And aren’t the leaves this year glorious?! Started to re-read your lovely books, just finished Fairy Tale Girl and will open Isle of Dreams tonight. A Fine Romance will be next. I read those wonderful books, usually yearly, when I need a good dose of beauty and love of life. Loved this post too, love all the photos and art, and so glad your California friends could come out to spend time with you. Thank you for your efforts and art, please keep doing what you do, Sue; your work and life make the world a better place.

  25. Kelly Field says:

    ALL of it…just.so.charming❣️ And Joe really must get those sunglasses. They look super cool on him…even if they’re ‘not him’…

  26. Rosemary, just north of Boston says:

    Dear Sue,
    Happy Fall and Happy Halloween! And aren’t the fall leaves this year gorgeous?! Have started re-reading your lovely stories; finished Fairy Tale Girl today, will start Enchanted Isle tonight, and read Fine Romance next. I open these books probably yearly, when I need a dose of beauty and good thoughts. Loved your post too! Wonderful pictures, fun reading, lovely artwork. So glad your California friends could come for a visit, the Vineyard is truly a magical place, someday I’ll get back there. In the meantime, thank you for all you do for the world, with your art and your view of life. Please keep doing what you do, you truly make a difference.

    • Rosemary, just North of Boston says:

      Oops, that’s what happens with fumbling arthritic fingers, I hit post twice by accident. Sorry! Anyway, I had to write again and tell you that I’m deep into “Isle of Dreams” and just read a quote that hit home: “Every night I turn my fears over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.” That is So what I do! How great to know I’m not the only one yakking at Him–Um, I mean, giving my prayers to him. Thank you again, for writing wonderful books. And this time, I won’t hit Post twice.
      Fondly, Rosemary

      • sbranch says:

        Oh you are NOT the only one. I usually do two main prayers, eyes to heaven, either “Please” or, the other one, “Thank you!” xoxo

  27. Linda Wilson says:

    I especially love the idea of sprinkling cinnamon on the top of the jack-o-lantern – brilliant! Thank you and always love your posts.

  28. Bridget B. in Tn. says:

    Susan, Thanks for the wonderful post ! Such a nice surprise.
    Time to get cozy here as we will have our first freeze in a couple of nights. Getting out my flannel and my boots. Happy Halloween to you, Joe and Jack. Thanks for the sweetness and inspiration you send our way. Bridget

  29. Michelle K. says:

    Thank you, Susan, for the beautiful, cozy blog! I enjoy your pictures and stories so very much. Your creative spirit inspires and puts a smile on my face. I am looking forward to Halloween and doing some pumpkin carving with my family. I have been making your corn pudding recipe for the last couple years and bringing it to church dinners and everyone loves it and begs me to bring it everywhere. Thanks for that. I am dreaming of New England in fall–I hope to get there and see it in person someday. Happy Fall Y’all from Georgia!

  30. Lee Gordon says:

    You’re heart was definitely waxing poetic with this post and it was lovely to read. I am just about to turn the page of this year’s calendar to “my” page (sooo excited to know so many will be seeing my little story!). I am trying to remember to cherish the moments right now. We are about to make a BIG life decision about moving to Arizona and my mind is racing here, there and everywhere about if it is the right thing to do. I really don’t want to go (especially away from family and grandson), but circumstances and finances seem to require it. I know my life is in God’s capable hands and that makes it easier. I was so grateful to take our grandson to the pumpkin patch last night and I treasure every moment of our time together here on this spinning orb. This season is, for me a time to remember to be grateful! Happy harvest…of friends, of seasons, of earth’s heartbeat and of life and love!

    • sbranch says:

      I WOB your “little story,” Lee ~ it says it all! Thank you for letting me put it on the calendar! I think you might start something! I’ll throw in my 2 cents on your Arizona move. It’s WAY more expensive to move twice. Don’t know if you have friends there, but it’s really hard to move to a place unless you do. Pretty soon you get so homesick you run home. A grandson is BIG! So there, you go. I know you know, and it will all turn out to be just right. Just oldest of 8, sticking big nose into not-my-business! Sending love!

    • ~Del Gato... El Grande size Gordo Y Descarado~ says:

      Dear Lee,
      AZ people may be standoffish, when in Rome do as the Romans do (for darn GOOD reasons)
      find out when AZ goes nocturnal/the whys, research your flood plain, understand yearly sand storms AND monsoon season- prep home/car. Valuable education of being aware of your surroundings-like anywhere. Life is amazing; twists and turns, many fresh changes, better unknowns – maybe family will follow later, overflowing abundance of goodness/friends to come, learning Skype on computer for back home visits family functions, more local postcards/holiday cards/rambling letters in snail mail- something handheld for the front of fridge.
      Were rootin’ for you-
      A dropped kicked transplant from MA to The White shifting Sands

  31. Loved your wonderful blog on fall and how much you enjoyed your good friends. I try to save all of your posts but have a problem in that I have so many other emails that I would like to get rid of without losing your blogs. I think Ineed to make a trip to the Apple Store for help!! Keep posting all your beautiful thoughts for us and keep cozy.🎃🎃🎃🌻

  32. Joanna in TN says:

    I love your blue boots!

  33. Cindy says:

    Love this post! So full of autumn! I have been reading Autumn Book every night before bed and finished it last night. Kind of sad, then I found this while cleaning out my email!
    The girls had such an adventure with you for a tour guide. For me it would be a dream.
    The food looked wonderful.
    As always, thank you for sharing!

  34. Jane Alexander says:

    We so appreciate you, dear Susan Branch. Your fall post is beautiful. Not much of fall in Houston TX. But it is cooler.

  35. Linda says:

    Susan, honestly! This is pure medicine for the soul. So glad i can live fall through your beautiful perceptions, and pictures! Thank you, thank you, thank you. You inspire so many good feelings and thoughts to so many.

    Linda 😻

  36. Jo'L says:

    Loved it all as usual.

    So Joe can find something else to do instead of raking, check out the Xerces Society website for Leave the Leaves, an article on behalf of the creatures we can help by NOT raking.

    • sbranch says:

      Oh this is such good news, because we actually DON’T rake. We mow, then we leave the leaves to fend with the wind, and in the spring, when the world wakes up again, we mow again, which grinds them up and makes mulch out of them!

  37. Kathi S says:

    I’m not a stalker, but I just want to say I’ve been in luv with you and your “world” since your original Heart of the Home came out. It brings me peace and warmth and a visual connection to the things in life and the ways of life that I”m drawn to. Thank you so much for sharing your world with the rest of us!

  38. Val B. says:

    Thank you for making our days lighter. We need you 💖🙏. Take a small adventure west to visit Amherst, where you’ll find the best cider donuts @ Atkins Farms. It’s a magical place year round.

  39. Sally Jenks Roth says:

    Congrats to the winners of the recipe cards. I’ve been out of the country for a month, ready to come home to Vermont now. Even more so after this post. Autumn delights! I love the idea of cinnamon on the pumpkin lids, mmmmmm.
    Having spent a week on the Vineyard this year, I recognize all the places in your photos. I must have a very big heart because I leave bits of it in special places…
    Thank you , Susan, for the magic as always.

  40. Happy Halloween Susan! You make me want to go out today and buy a pumpkin so that I can carve it and draw trick or treaters to our door tomorrow night! Loved seeing all of the photos of your lovely visit with your wee California gals. What a lovely time you have had. Thank you for taking us along with you! Love that Joe is becoming more and more like you. Isn’t that what true love is all about! Becoming so much more like each other that you can no longer see where one begins and the other ends? I like to think so anyways. Not boring to me at all. I will be baking some soul cakes for us to enjoy this Halloween. These are old traditional English cakes. On All Hallow’s Eve, All Saint’s Day and All Souls Day, children in the British Isles traditionally went “Souling,” singing for soul cakes from house to house. They don’t do this anymore, needless to say, but we can still enjoy a few of these delicious cakes at home. The Canadian in me is so in love with these “new to me” British traditions! Hope November is just as wonderful for you as October was! xoxo

    • sbranch says:

      I had soul cakes when we were in England in the fall. Ours was like a cookie with currants in it. Is that what your recipe is? Lovely tradition. I think I might know the song too … something from my childhood.

      • Those would be the ones. Very yummy! And yes there is a song that goes with them!

        Soul! Soul! Soul-cake!
        Please good Missis, a soul-cake!
        Apple, pear, plum or cherry,
        Any good thing to make us all merry.
        One for Peter, two for Paul
        Three for Him who made us all.

        God bless the master of this house,
        The mistress also,
        And all the little children
        That round your table grow.
        Likewise young men and maidens,
        Your cattle and your store ;
        And all that dwells within your gates,
        We wish you ten times more.


        Down into the cellar,
        And see what you can find,
        If the barrels are not empty,
        We hope you will prove kind.
        We hope you will prove kind,
        With your apples and strong beer,
        And we’ll come no more a-souling
        Till this time next year.


        The lanes are very dirty,
        My shoes are very thin,
        I’ve got a little pocket
        To put a penny in.
        If you haven’t got a penny,
        A ha’penny will do ;
        If you haven’t get a ha’penny,
        Then God bless you.


        • sbranch says:

          That’s it! Although I didn’t know all the words… isn’t that a wonderful old tradition? Thank you Marie!

  41. Naomi A Jones says:

    I savor your blog posts! They always fill my heart up and make me ready to conquer another day! My babies are very excited about Halloween. I’ll be cracking open the autumn cookbook to make something that smells lovely while they are out in the cold.

    • sbranch says:

      Good mommy, making heavenly memories. Coming home after a romp in the neighborhood to good smells, warm mom, safety from all the scary goings-on in the street! xoxo

  42. JUDY WATKINS says:

    Oh my….This post brings back so many wonderful memories of when Kellee and I visited. I especially remember our walks every morning. Miss you my dear friend!


    • sbranch says:

      Oh My Judy, were your ears burning, because we were talking about you! I was wondering how you are! Miss you. Yes, we had a wonderful time when you were here. Must get together next time we’re out! 💞

  43. Kitty DeMento says:

    Dear Susan:
    I love hearing about the island and all of the beautiful places Margie and I visited when we found your house. I remember as if it was yesterday seeing the house with the pumpkins on the lintel and being so enchanted!
    Hopefully we will return next fall!
    Love your island, and your wonderful posts!!!
    Kitty D.

  44. Carolyn says:

    Another beautiful, heartfelt post, Susan—like a wonderful letter in the mail. Thanks.

  45. Bobbie Calgaro says:

    Lovely post about the absolute marvelous autumn. It’s my favorite time of year and to share it with you here as you describe it on the blog is just delicious. Thanks for the lovely posts.

  46. Nettie says:

    Thanks for sharing! You look adorable in your black jacket and long skirt! Happy 🎃 Halloween!

  47. Alice Fornuto says:

    Last night three of my best friends and I gathered for a soup supper as we do fairly often. Oh, the joy of a delicious pot luck meal and extended conversations!!

  48. Cindi Yonts says:

    I so love your blog/emails that you send out….the words, the pictures, the drawings, the fonts…..all so comforting….Thank you for sharing all your pics and ideas and recipes….and everything.
    I have your very first cookbook, which I love and still use…probably ought to replace cause it has been used so much….
    Thank you for your beauty….

    • sbranch says:

      I updated it to celebrate its 30th anniversary, and added 16 pages and some really wonderful recipes. If you do replace it, get the new one!

  49. Nora Cavic says:

    your posts feed me in ways I didn’t know I needed…………until I come to the end and I feel……………peaceful. And thankful. Very very grateful for you.


  50. JoLynnH says:

    Happy Halloween to you too! Praying for a dry evening here in SE PA as they say we’re to expect rain. My kiddos will be fine running around wet with umbrellas but not Momma!

  51. C says:

    Good Morning, Susan,
    You are adorable. This was my all-time favorite newsletter. I especially love reading about your antique house, Martha’s Vineyard photos and anything Autumn related! Thank you for the joy you bring.
    “Have a wonderful Halloween!”
    Hugs & best wishes,
    ~~Charl (Cape)


    I so look forward to your blog each month. It gives me a very warm and cozy feeling as I read it.

  53. Laura says:

    Fall in New England looks sooo dreamy! 🍁 🍂 Kellee and Sheri take such good care of our packages filled with treasures and treats. 🧡🧡 Grateful your wrist feels better! Just made your yummy Harvest Stew, comfort food. Did anyone besides me not receive the Oct. 18 blog? Checked all my boxes??

  54. jeanie says:

    What a wonderful idea to put the cinnamon inside the pumpkin to make it smell good! And oh, how I loved reading about your house. The tour with your tribe brought back such glorious memories of my one and only MV visit — and made me think that perhaps in a year or two I should visit — and make it in the fall, with all those crunchy leaves! Biggest sigh!

    • sbranch says:

      We have a lovely, mostly quiet fall here . . . where most of the restaurants and stores are still open!👏

  55. Autumn says:

    Your posts always fill my heart up with joy! I’ve really been “going through it” lately and your brightness gives me faith that better days are coming! I’m looking forward to this November… and your post put me in the mood for a new beginning!

    • sbranch says:

      Love to hear that! This too shall pass, as it always does, for better or for worse. Blessings on you and yours. xoxo

  56. Judy in Solvang, CA says:

    AHHHH. It is always so wonderful to read your blogs and imagine I am right there walking the forest, smelling the falltime earth, seeing the sunset, and being welcomed by friends and eating by candlelight. Your descriptive sweet words are such a huge relief from the news of every day now. SO thank you once again for the ways in which you lighten our load and help us to remember to stop and smell the roses. And congrats to the donut pan winner. How fun to know we all enjoy the others’ successes in this circle of friendship.

    • sbranch says:

      I find I need a bit more centering these days myself. We forget that we do have a wonderful everything to be grateful for! Too much chaos in the air for me. Worried about the world. Fires and floods, friends and family. But luv-lee cup of tea in the afternoon, smooths things out for a bit. xoxoxo

  57. Lynette Strohbach says:

    Another lovely post with a tour of the island. Back in the nineties I went to Nantucket as a sort of vacation from my first divorce. I went alone and spent a week there. I so wish I would have popped over to MV while I was there, but all I wanted to do was walk the beaches. It was very therapeutic, in fact it’s mesmerizing. Since then I have been on many different beaches around the country and others. Someday maybe I can live by the sea. Thanks again for bringing us there! Happy Fall! XOXOXO!!

    • sbranch says:

      I did the same thing, as a sort of vacation from a miserable divorce, I came here, but in that first week, I accidentally bought a tiny house in the woods! And that was the way I found out I was moving 3,000 miles from home to an island off the coast of MA where they have this thing called winter! You would have found me here! Happy fall Lynette!

      • Lynette Strohbach says:

        I have read your trilogy many times over and in many ways we are like kindred spirits. Our lives have been very similar and parallel even though I’m eleven years younger than you, and that is why I relate to you so much.
        I am an artist too, though I just sell my pieces here and there, and I’ve had some poetry published, etc and may illustrate a book some day when it’s the right time. In the meantime, I enjoy reading yours, and maybe your magic will rub off on me!

  58. Bev says:

    How lucky to be one of your friends….I love a good girlfriends trip! Thanks for sharing the fun….

  59. Linda I says:

    Dear Susan,

    I just love your blog, photos and heartfelt words. They always make me smile xo Thank you!

  60. Deb in Wales says:

    Good Afternoon from Wales! What a cute and cosy post to bring some warmth into the heart of a cold Autumn day across The Pond. So happy that Kellee and Sheri had such a wonderful time with you, and I know it brought you all so much joy and happiness, chasing rainbows and having fun times memory making.

    Sitting here sipping hot Orange Gingerbread tea that was a birthday gift and which has quickly become my new favourite for Autumn, eating Malteesers, and tagging along on Martha’s Vineyard, what better way to spend an afternoon when it’s wild and windy outside?

    ~~~Waving~~~From Across the Pond~~~Deb in Wales

    oooops, typed this yesterday evening, came on for another read today and I hadn’t hit enter! Giggles. And it’s still wild, wet, windy etc today!

    • sbranch says:

      Here too, wild, wet, windy. I’m wrapped in a shawl, drinking Gingerbread Cake Tea (my own concoction) with almond cream in it (YUM) ~ don’t we love our cozy days, wet leaves stuck to the windows and lawns blanketed in orange and red. So fun! Stay warm Deb! xoxo

  61. Cindy Huk says:

    Always a gift when I see your Blog notice in my Inbox. Sometimes I wait till nighttime to read it, savoring every word and photograph. Other times I simply cannot wait and devour it all hungrily. But always, I come back to re-read several times! I moved my daughter back to New England from Florida recently. Now Florida is a very beautiful place, and visits were exactly what they were supposed to be…but home IS where the heart is, no matter where you call home. And my daughter admitted she was sad every Fall away, knowing she was missing the trees, leaves, geese, and the whole New England fall time. With stage 4 cancer, the beautiful colors, warm homey smells, and many family close by, let the healing begin!! So thank you for being part of this amazing place we call home. Much joy and love to you, Joe, & Jack❤️

    • sbranch says:

      She’s in the perfect place. All my love and blessings to you, your daughter and your family. Let the healing begin, Cindy! xoxo

  62. Barb from Northeast Ohio says:

    Hi Susan! I left a message yesterday, or tried to. I was on the laptop and typed it out and pushed send but I think it just disappeared. Anyway, not to give up easily, I loved this last post. Fall is my favorite time of year and I love seeing pictures from the Vineyard and see what you’ve been up to. Glad you had a nice visit with your California girls, what horrible fires they have out there now, worse than ever it seems. But I can see they enjoyed their visit with you and Joe. Tomorrow is Halloween already, can you believe it? Bet you get a lot of trick or treaters. I’m trying to get into baking mode today as it is dreary here, no rain but dreary and cool, typical fall weather. I saw you bought some late blooming daisies…are they Montauk daisies? If they are they will get big and bushlike! I bought some a couple years ago and thought they were Shasta daisies, they weren’t marked, and I had to look them up to discover what they really were. They do bloom late every year but are pretty and nice to have something that blooms that late in the garden. Just give them plenty of room, mine got droopy and top heavy this year and I never managed to stake them before they plopped over. The branches will be sturdy and woody at the bottom. Well, hope you have a fun and spooky Halloween. Already watched Practical Magic, must see Hocus Pocus yet for my Halloween fix while I carve out some pumpkins!

    • sbranch says:

      I’m glad you never give up Barb! Yes, they’re Montauk daisies. We planted them in front of our pink fairy roses, I think they’re far enough away, I hope! I read about cutting them back … hoping maybe that will help the stems stay strong and not fall over? What do you think? Have fun, happy Halloween!

  63. Melissa Spencer says:

    Your blog posts are a gift! I’m reminded of the quote (from Anne of Green Gables) “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Similarly, I’m so glad I live in a world where there is content from Susan Branch!

  64. Judy from KC says:

    Joe’e heart in the leaves and your statement he is becoming more you than you! Sooo sweet !
    I had to pause and smile at that ! I just love that!

  65. Linda L Nieman says:

    So enjoyable to sit in my peaceful part of the world and read about your peaceful part of the world. Cup of tea and cardamon toast. Thank you.

    • sbranch says:

      Here’s to peace on earth, good will towards men, women, children, and petty pets, and wild petty pets too, grass, flowers, clouds and the sea.xoxo

  66. Rose Ann Bacher - Giallombardo says:

    Hello Susan, Since your “Autumn” book has your story of “My House” in it, I was hoping that the darling story would also be in my copy of your lovely book: “Vineyard Seasons”, but it’s not 🙁 Looks like the book that I have dates back to 1988 w/ all it’s glorious recipes! Is this book still in print? I’m sure that all your loyal readers/friends would LOVE it as much as I do 🙂
    “Happy Halloween” to you, Joe & Jack . . . BOO!

    • sbranch says:

      When I wrote Vineyard Seasons, I lived at Holly Oak, not the house in “My House.” That book isn’t in print right now, maybe someday we can do something about that. I does have wonderful recipes in it! Thank you Rose Ann!

  67. Cathy from Golden, CO says:

    LOVE YOU, love this post, and especially love your skirt!!! 😉

  68. Cathy from Golden CO says:

    LOVE YOU, love the post, and, especially, LOVE your skirt!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  69. Debby Rickett says:

    I’ve probably read ” Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams” 7 or 8 times. I’m inspired everytime I read it and just like your favorite part of an old movie, I cry when I read your one word prayer about your book!! It’s one of the many favorite parts of the book for me. I know how it all turned out, but none the less, I cry everytime.
    I’m so glad you stayed true to you and God blessed you, so you could bless us! It’s a wonderful life.
    Love you darling, dear Susan!!

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you Debby! That always puts a tear in my eye when I read it too. Could have all gone another way. SO happy it went like this, we would have never met! xoxo

  70. Maureen from So. California says:

    Hi Susan,

    It’s always so enjoyable to sit with a cuppa and read your new blog posting, and for that matter, the older ones too! Sometimes when I need a bit of an escape, I will read an older post that isn’t fresh in my mind so it’s like reading it for the first time. You write with such honesty and warmth and welcome us into your home and life, which is refreshing to the soul. I think of your blogs as a letter from a friend, like people used to write years ago. Thank you sending them our way each month.

    I’m so happy to see your Enchanted diary. 🙂 I am very much looking forward to its completion. I have spent a great deal of time in Ireland but not so much in England. We took my parents home to Ireland in 2000 for their 50th wedding anniversary, to renew their wedding vows in the same church they were married in. I’ve been to Ireland many times, but that was an amazing trip. And I remember telling my dad on that trip that I thought Ireland was an enchanted isle. So I am very much looking forward to your book, as I believe I may understand the feeling of it already. Although my heart is in Ireland, I do pray one day I will be blessed to visit England properly and go to some of the wonderful places you have written of.

    It was nice to see you visited Nancy Luce’s grave. I bought Consider Poor because of one of your older posts.

    I know a piece of your heart is here in California, and you are probably already doing this, but please keep California in your prayers or good thoughts. There are so many raging fires here with several homes lost and the fires actually came within 30 yards of the Reagan library this morning.

    Merry Halloween to you, Joe, Jack and of course, Casper, the friendly, resident ghost. 🙂 BOO!

    P.S. I love the picture of you in front of the library-darling skirt too!

    • sbranch says:

      I’m always thinking of California, watching the spread of the disaster fires, praying for everyone… I hope it all goes away soon! xoxoxo Thank you Maureen! 😘

  71. Mary Ann in Mid-Missouri says:

    Thank you for another lovely post. Soon after reading your last post about the apple cider donuts I was watching a Hallmark Christmas movie and they made the same. They looked exactly like yours. I’d never heard of them before you shared the blog post. What a coincidence. Now, I want to make them, so I shall. 🙂

  72. Judiann King says:

    Oh my dear Susan, such a delight you are with all your talents!
    Thank you beyond thank you for being welling to share who you truly are, and that Joe too, such a good guy!
    I can’t wait for the next blog!!!!

  73. Candice in OHIO says:

    Enjoyed this blog and getting to know Kellee and Sherri and seeing all the lovely colors of Autumn! I am sure being from Cali. they enjoyed the changing season on MV. We have received another surprise that will happen during our trip across the pond. We will be having tea at Highgrove! (Do I need a tiara?!) I am so over-the-moon with all the wonderful excursions my cousins have come up with for our visit. Mostly spending Christmas with all of them for the very first time in our lives! We will be having a real “knees up”! Luggage is out and clothing is being sorted out. Pack light, she says, we do laundry! Bring thermals, is a good idea. Cannot believe we will be leaving in just a little over 4 weeks time! Countdown has begun! xo

    • sbranch says:

      We went to Highgrove once and just LOVED it . . . did a garden tour. Amazing! I know you’ll love it! Look on line for “Packing squares.” They are the best thing I’ve ever seen for packing suitcases … especially unpacking! Bon Voyage, Merry Christmas!

  74. Debbie Boerger says:

    How beautiful! Just what I needed after some “issues” with returning to the Big Sauna, AKA Big Guava, AKA Tampa.
    I’m sort of typing with a short staff of fingers, as I had another surgery on my right hand last Tuesday in Bangor. It doesn’t hurt nearly as much as a broken wrist, and it will heal much more quickly….hope, hope. Stitches out the end of the week. Southwest treated us Very Well with early boarding. Tom had to lug the 2 carry-on bags, plus the 2 totes. That and 2 checked bags per person, Free!!!

    No TV, Wifi, telephone when we arrived. We have cheapo trac phones, so we weren’t really worried. I did miss my daily booster of Susan Branch, though.
    Hoping Kellee and Sheri are not impacted by the horrendous fires. I think everyone in this country is..or should be…impacted.

    OK, ouchy, so I will not gabble on. Mr. Tom is a bit north of here playing in a 4 day golf outing. I’m bunkering down, trying to keep the news off. We did miss the Booing and the Lock Him Up, which I’d have like to witness. Unfortunately, the next Democrat in the White House will probably get the same treatment. He who shall not be named has dragged us all down in to the gutter.

    High of 89 today, with a “feels like” temp of 99. But I know I’ll enjoy the light of a Florida winter. And my Maine friends and neighbors will hunker down with good things from the oven and all sort of happenings. Mainers say, “We’re not bears, for heaven sake. We have a life, even in winter”. I’ll hear lots of comments about “winter weight”. I know you and Joe will continue walking unless it is total ice. Wear your grippers. Keep the good advice coming.

    Mucho Love with Avocado Toast and all sorts of goodies sprinkled on top.
    Debbie, back in Florida

    • sbranch says:

      Agree. dragged. Oh well, this too shall pass. You got your hand done! So glad you’re on the other side of that! Nothing to do now but GET WELL! Sending love. Kisses and avocado toast! xoxoxo

  75. Siobhan in Santa Monica says:

    More you than you! 😂😂😂 Wish I could find me a Joe. I hope to visit your beautiful island some day, you have done her proud. Here, the winds are whipping and we are all praying for non-existent rain. Will these fires never end?? Love to you, dear Susan. You make the world a much much much much better place. ❤

    • sbranch says:

      Ohhh Siobhan, thank you. My prayers go to California every day … saddest thing, so uncontrollable, brave firefighters but so much damage. Sending all my very best!

  76. Val says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tale of Nancy Luce. I feel I’ve a kindred spirit of a sort with her now, so thank you for sharing her with all of us! As always, I enjoyed this wonderful pause in my evening, with a hot cup of spiced chai tea, musica, and delightful tales from the Island. Happy Hallow’s Eve to you and yours.

  77. Wendy Young says:

    Hi Susan~
    I always feel so good after reading and ‘feeling’ your thoughts. Thank you so much for all you share. I grew up in New England and now live in Indiana. Quite a switch ~ my roots are still back there. I’ve been pouring over your Autumn 🍂 book. 🙂 Have you thought about Winter (cozy) and Spring books? Would love love those.
    My best to you and Joe~
    Enjoy all this season has…
    Wendy Y.
    P.S. just got my 2020 calendar. Need a mug next. 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      One of my dearest friends grew up here, now lives outside Indianapolis! Such a gorgeous state. And very cute houses there too! Nice to hear from you Wendy! xoxo

  78. Jan Jasper says:

    As I’m reading your blog, Susan, I am preparing physically and mentally for cold blowing wind and rain and sleet, not to mention SNOW! Before Halloween?! It’s unfortunate that little goblins will have to put winter coats over their darling costumes. The heartland of the USA is always blessed with non boring weather. The sad thing is that our beautiful Autumn leaves will be coated with snow and ice, leading to downed power lines. Thank you for brightening up my evening!!

  79. Ginny Evans says:

    Oh I haven’t made the cider donuts and I want to! Off to buy a donut pan, since I didn’t win one 😉 Loved seeing some new views of the Island this time, thanks for sharing and for bringing the “fall feeling” to my inbox! Love you-Ginny

  80. Elaine from MN says:

    This post was one of your best, but then again, I think that after every one. Joe’s heart is precious … his own and the one in your yard.! Having friends that let you post pictures of their backside are true friends 🙂 I’m planning on reading this one again….. brings warmth to these below average very cold fall days we’ve been having … Highs 30’s/lows 20s … garden flowers = all gone! 🙁
    Happy Halloween!

  81. Elaine from MN says:

    Susan, friends and I haven’t been able to leave comments (trying again). Could you tell us again how to go about commenting. We would love to get in on the drawings. Thanks!

  82. Bonnie Crawford says:

    I loved hearing about Sheri and Kellee’s visit to see you, and Joe! 👩🏻‍🦰 👩🏼 I know they had a fabulous time, and what a fun place to do ‘business!’ 🏠♥️ 😁 I’m sure your talk at the Carnegie Library was a special time for anyone not lucky enough to have heard your story before. The Island is so fortunate to have you right there among them! 🥰😘. I made the apple cider donuts yesterday, and they were a big hit! 🍩 ♥️ 🍎. Have a Happy Halloween to you, and Joe tomorrow! 🎃🎃 xoxo 😘

  83. Kathy Thompson says:

    Hi there Susan. This was a lovely post today. It was a get-in-the-spirit-of-Autumn-post. Wind howling here in SoCal, and the night got chilly tonight, which helps with getting in the spirit. But oh, these winds, are playing havoc with all the fires in California right now. God Bless those firefighters. Wanted to let you know that I wrapped up a gift today for my niece. It is a copy of your book Martha’s Vineyard…Isle of Dreams and the matching mug. I also included with it a copy of the pages in A Fine Romance where you tell the charming story of meeting Joe. You see, my niece had a bad breakup and it’s been tough going for her to feel she has a new life ahead of her that will include happiness again and the chance of meeting someone else to love. I just know YOUR STORY will give her much hope about the future. I told her she will laugh and laugh (and maybe shed a tear), but that it will encourage her that her own Joe and her own Holly Oak are out there waiting for her. I know she will love it. Just for good measure, I’m reading it a third time 🙂 So glad your wrist is so much better. They say Time heals all wounds … in more ways than one. Take care. Love from Kathy in Rialto, CA.

    • sbranch says:

      Ohhhh Kathy, I hope it helps! Such a rough thing to go through. So funny that someday you look back and feel glad it happened, but it takes a while. Let me know how it goes! XOXOXOXO

  84. Rosemary Sullivan says:

    Just love…everything you write, share, feel!

  85. Janet Retzke says:

    Another fine blog. I never tire of hearing about the things you see and do. Life
    sounds special and wonderful on your island. Thank you.

  86. Mary Brehm says:

    Good Morning Susan! Happy Halloween! I love this post! Just everyday sweetness and normalcy. Friends visiting, Leaf raking, watercolor painting, Clam digging, nursery shopping life affirming normalcy. Thank you for that. You look wonderful. I love the picture of you at Nancy Luce’s grave. You look adorable in those cute jeans. I saw on your twitter post that they are postponing Halloween in your neighborhood! I’m sure you will still get some trick or treaters today. Sounds like a good day to start a fire and snuggle in. Hugs to you Joe and Jack <3

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, Halloween canceled until Saturday, and we have to go out on Saturday. Grrr. I will be eating candy for months! Actually I’m taking our candy to a friend’s house! But so many like me not happy about this gigantic last minute switch in plans! It’s dark and a bit rainy today, but warm, 67 degrees … I think it’s supposed to be worse tonight. I love living in a small town…🤣

      • Mary Brehm says:

        I just had an emergency warning flash across my tv screen about high wind warnings. I’m making stuffed shells for dinner and prepping pecan shortbread cookies and crust for a raspberry pie. I have to bring them to a baby shower on Saturday. I have been working on a sweet little punch needle embroidery kit that my daughter got me for my birthday. Have you ever tried it? It’s kind of fun and addicting. kind of like coloring with yummy thread. I’ll bet your some of your art would lend themselves to punch needle. I could just picture a cute punch needle project with Jack as the subject!!
        Did you get a chance to read the link on sent you on twitter about my friend Lee Wasserman. He has written many op eds in the New York times about climate change and exxon mobil. He was a big proponent in The Rockefeller family fund divesting of exxon mobil stock.

        • sbranch says:

          I did! Interesting, I’ve not gone in depth to the Rockefeller family, but SO MANY THINGS they’ve done, I’ve loved. Williamsburg for one thing, I LOVE them for that, and their relatively simple and beloved lifestyle there, and so many philanthropic endeavors, and the NY Museum of Modern Art, to name a few. And it has never ended. What a wonderful job your friend has, to be an agent of so much positivity and good will. I do love punch needlework, looks like hooked rugs! Jack would be great … black and white is always good, with green eyes! xoxoxo Happy November Mary!

  87. Becky Mosebey says:

    Thank you for taking me away for a few minutes to visit your beautiful island in fall. It was such a treat to read. I look so forward to your blog. Xoxo!

  88. Karen Lotito says:

    Hi Happy Halloween! I hope you, Joe and Jack have a spook-tacular day! Apple cider donuts are huge here on the North Fork of Long Island. Then again, it is the gateway to New England, where we will be heading, off to Maine to see the progress on our new home! It is pouring rain and wind; hopefully the ferry across to New London won’t be cancelled but the drive around isn’t all that bad as we take it slowly. I made an apple cider donut cake; it’s made in a Bundt pan and is like a giant donut! Glad your wrist is better; my cousin had broken her wrist and it was quite a long time before she could play golf again. Alas, she broke her wrist falling off of a golf cart. Rabbit Rabbit one day early! November is on it’s way and so hard to believe; the time just flies by especially this time of the year. Have a wonderful day! Love, Karen xoxo

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, I would imagine golf would be something you couldn’t do until you were completely healed. Lots of wrist action! Rabbit Rabbit! Yes! Way too fast! xoxo

    • Debbie Boerger says:

      Karen, I hear that Maine is getting hit with very high winds today. We are back in Florida for the Winter.
      Wanted to say how much we enjoyed exploring North Fork, Long Island. We took the ferry over but not in a storm.

      Are you native to Maine? We’re “From Away”, but we’ve been treated so well by those who have deep roots, some 5 or 6 generations.

      Safe travels,
      Debbie in Florida…just for the Winter

  89. Debby says:

    Reading your blog is a ray of sunshine on this otherwise stormy “first snowfall of the winter” in Ontario, Canada. Snowy Halloween! That’s ok, we bundled up in snowsuits when we were kids and Halloween was still great. We’re supposed to get around 20 cm. Yahoo! Thanks for your bog Susan. I just love it. By the way, where do you get your lovely skirts?

    • sbranch says:

      Well, that black and white checked one I got way back when, on a trip to Maine in the early 90s. I just look for ones that are either cotton, linen, wool, something “real.” Then I keep them forever! Snowy Halloween! Sounds fun! xoxo

  90. Christie D says:

    Oh Susan! you are a treasure! As always you have transported me to a place I’ve never been but now feel a part of! Thank you for the beauty you create, the magic you write and the love you show us your loyal followers!

  91. rebecca sulcer says:

    Loved reading your blog..I am sooo ready for a few comfy cozy months with quilts and afghans !! Of course..I need donuts Too !!!

  92. Jud says:

    Halloween 🎃 is a fun holiday and you have made it wonderful for me by your autumnal post. Thank you so much for the nostalgic memories of fall

  93. Karen Sue Werth says:

    Happy Snowy Halloween from Staved Rock Country in Illinois. Yes, we have snow topping all our red, gold and orange leafed trees, it’s lovely to look at if you get to stay indoors. A perfect day to make your apple cider donuts. They turned out great and are now bagged up to deliver as Trick or Treats to some friends who I know didn’t venture out today. So now that our driveway is plowed out we can go surprise them. My husband loves them. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I will definitely make these for our seven grandchildren when we are together over Thanksgiving . Karen

  94. Stephanie says:

    Wow! Your home is 170 this year then! It’s such a treasure! 💖

  95. Frances Zvonek says:

    I so look forward to your blogs.( can’t believe it took me this many years to find you) Love your pictures of your beautiful home and adventures. By the way , We have the same taste in clothes. I have those same rust colored jeans, and I love long skirts!
    I received my lamb cake pan and fall cookie cutters in the mail. So excited, can’t wait to make it. Will be making the cookies for Thanksgiving for the grandchildren to decorate.
    Hope you come to Michigan some day! Can I bring my collection of your books and have you sign them? that would be cool.

    • sbranch says:

      That would be wonderful Frances . . . maybe we will get there when the new book is ready! Thank you! xoxo

  96. Susan – I fall in love with you each season!! I just posted a video on my YouTube channel where I talk about your Autumn book! I love and have all your books and just finished Isle of Dreams – next I will be starting and rereading A Fine Romance- for the 3rd time!!I have never written you or left a Comment, but please know that you and your artwork are loved out here in Idaho. I, like you, love train travel, England, and kitties. I am a quilter, love to read, and live for nature walks. You are a true inspiration!!

    • sbranch says:

      I loved your youtube Autumn video, Shanda …. thank you for all the kind words!!! I loved your quilt blocks, stayed to see them all. So fun. Have a wonderful time getting your Christmas presents ready . . . you creative person. It is hard to believe you have a grandchild! Thank you for saying hello, dear kindred spirit! xoxo

  97. Debra says:

    I read this Willard 3 times!!i needed to savor it a. Well the first read i fly thru it, then i savor all pics then the slow yummy reading of it all..like a dessert. Thank you.

  98. Leigh Ann Puckett says:

    This Blog brings back memories of the times my family spent at the Nauset light keepers cottage! Thanks, Leigh Ann

  99. Gert says:

    Oh how enjoyable to meet your dear friends and to walk to the water, to see the sea shells, to go crabbing, to visit your friends in their old fishing shack!! To see Nancy Luces grave and all her chickens😊 Everything you shared with them and with us!!! My mouth watered at all the food and drinks. They will remember this for the rest of their lives. As will we. What an adventure!! Now back to ground hogs day!! Ha I think your life will be much more interesting then his was. Like me—just to be able to look out the window and see the world around us change. From the sunrises to the leaves that fall and the trees that become bare. I still have birds, squirrels and deer out there. Congratulations to Rachal! Thank you once again for this lovely post!! Happy Halloween — Boo!!

  100. Kathleen Moore says:

    I have spent the last 5 weeks recovering from knee surgery and reading your archived blog from the beginning. I have to say it is the best therapy!! Like reading one of your books!! I have read your Martha’s Vineyard book 8 times in the 2 years I have owned it! Always lifts me and inspires me as do all the books you have written and your blog. I anxiously await your newest book. Thank you for being Susan and for sharing your wonderful self with all of us!

    • sbranch says:

      That’s wonderful to hear. I haven’t ever read it from the beginning. I should try that sometime. I hope your knee is feeling better! Thank you so much Kathleen! xoxo

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