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Fall in Love with your Fall Home Holiday Decor

by Jeremy Larkin

Because your SICK of all the "CANNED" Holiday Greetings......

by Jeremy Larkin

 

Seriously...who isn't? The best is when you get a random Holiday greeting at some ABSURD hour that was obviously sent out through some robot email service...."Thanks for the sincere wishes!" Right. 

So I thought I'd send out friends, clients and associates something of value...the most gorgeous picture of St. George this time of year EVER produced!

The Larkin Group Fall in Dixie

The Story

Some of you know the story, but we originally had a similar photo taken in 2004 by a friend,  Larry Gardner from this same spot. He called it, "Falling In Love With Dixie". The quality was average, colors not as moving. It was taken immediately following a November rain storm. 

For years I watched the weather hoping to get a better shot. In November of 2009 it rained like crazy and then the clouds started to part. I saw this from our (then) St. George Boulevard Office window....and thought, "this is it!"

I dialed SUPER-Photographer Danny Lee, (http://www.dleephotography.com/) and said "DANNY I NEED YOU! Are you in town?" And the rest, as they say, is history. This picture now graces all of our Larkin Group branding as well as my office wall in a 36" x 60" format on a huge slab of clear acrylic...very cool. 

Jeremy Larkin

So there's a story, AND a pretty picture to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. And the reality is, I think most of us have a lot to be thankful for!

Best to you and yours this Holiday Season!

-Jeremy

PS - If you'd like a digital copy, reply to this email and your wish will be my command. 

 

 

Ahhh........Fall In Dixie

by Jeremy Larkin

Am I the only one who feels this way about Fall in St. George & surrounding areas? "How" do I feel you might ask? INCREDIBLE! This post is the perfect escape from the pain and suffering of the news, the economy, the election, etc. For this small moment in time we won't discuss real estate, ok?

There is just something that I love about this time of year, not that I have anything against Winter, Spring & Summer of course.

For me it begins with the way that in early September the sun starts to angle differently in the sky...it's fairly subtle and most people don't even notice it at first. By mid-October it comes in the windows in such a way that I just want to stop curl up on my best chair and read a book while basking in its' light.

Zion National Park in Fall

I never wait any later than mid-September to begin listening to Kurt Bestor's "Seasons" album...a veritable soundtrack to the Larkin Family fall. Listening to the tunes "Road Less Traveled" and "Hymn" while admiring the beauty of fall have a tranquilizing effect like nothing else I've experienced.

"Marathon Weekend" is the next date that I mark off as a Fall in Dixie rite of passage. With its' passing I know we are just weeks from what my brother Travis and I refer to as "Chamber of Commerce weather".....you know what I'm talking about.

Next we find ourselves into late October & early November....by this time the river bottoms & surrounding Tamarisks turn a golden shade that just screams Autumn! While many regions have been into the throws of Autumn for several weeks, Halloween comes and truly signals the arrival of fall in a Desert climate like ours.

These are the days that a mid to late afternoon ride on my road bike puts me into an absolute state of tranquility and appreciation for nature (that I don't get any other time of year) as I ride the city trail system through these same river bottoms and Tamarisk groves.

In this same time frame you would be well served drive up "Airport Road" to the Cliffs above St. George and look East anytime in the late afternoon. This is the scene you might find on such a day:

Breathtaking, isn't it? You may recognize that photo from our www.GoStGeorge.com homepage. We owe a good friend Larry Gardner a great deal for that photo. He took it from that exact spot near the airport after a fall rainstorm in the fall of 2003 or 2004. He titled the picture "Fall(in) in Love with Dixie."  Most appropriate.

For me the fall season is capped with the arrival of Thanksgiving and the annual tradition of throwing a football with family in the street outside our home. My Mother, aptly named "Dixie" puts on a sort of "Martha Stewart" Thanksgiving that has made it very easy to feel nostalgic about the season. Which reminds me, I need to ask my wife who's family we are eating with this year........but I digress. 

I know I'm getting a little sentimental here, but you haven't heard the HALF of it....my poor wife has to listen to it all day long, and not just from ME!

My almost 9-year old Pierce says things like "what a beautiful sight" or "Dad, isn't it a beautiful day?" That's my boy!

Wow...I think I just nodded off at the keyboard! At 2:00 PM today you will find me and buddy Jon Sparks on our bicycles taking in the fall beauty, even if just for a single hour mixed into a crazy schedule of work, church & community service & families of 4 small children each.

What will you do to enjoy this remarkable season? Any fall traditions, memories or recipes? Tell us about it right here on the Dixie Real Estate Blog!

 

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