Friday, September 19, 2008

At the end of a season

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

This is the time of year that’s sort of in limbo. Summer is over but Autumn isn’t quite here yet. The leaves on the trees are dull looking but still a washed-out green, not yet ready to put on their vibrant show. The undergrowth in the woods has died back and we are now able to see into the woods further than we could a month ago. After our heat wave of last weekend (compliments of Ike) we are now having cool nights in the 40s and lovely days in the 60s. Perfection! So why does part of me want Autumn to come on and get on with it, make the trees change and etc? Why can’t I be satisfied to just enjoy this wonderful fall weather?

The sun is lower in the sky and the quality of the light is much softer. Here it shines through the leaded glass of our front door, creating a wonderful prism on the wall.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

The oaks are dropping their acorns and what doesn’t fall to the ground naturally is being helped along by squirrels in the tree tops. Our recently delivered two cords of firewood is finally all stacked and waiting. I look forward to our first fire in the fireplace of the year.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Most things are done blooming now and my garden beds are looking pretty sad and blah. I do, however, have some of this pretty stuff blooming. I don’t know what it is, do you? I think I remember it showing up about this time last year too.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

The pool was closed for the season yesterday. We’ll still continue to go down and sit in the cabana but it won’t be the same without being able to look into its blue depths. We really didn’t get much use out of it this year. August was pretty much a washout because the temperatures were unseasonably cool. We’ve had some hot weather this month but too late to bring the pool temps back up to a swimmable level. We really are considering a heater for next year. But they are so darned expensive, both to put in and run.

We have a busy weekend planned. Today we will step back in time and join in the revelry at the New York Renaissance Faire for their last weekend of the season. Rick will don his lace-up leather boots, billowy white shirt and vest, and I will once again put on my bodice and leave my bra behind.

Tomorrow we have tickets to the last ever Yankees game in Yankee Stadium. Should be fun!

Hope your weekend is a good one!


Oh my god. You have tickets? That’s amazing! Last ever game at Yankee Stadium. Wow. I’ll miss it. Enjoy!
I love the weather, I’ll be very sad in about a month or two when it gets into the thirties at the bus stop in the morning. But temps now are great! We’ll know when we get the first frost.
Speaking of fireplaces…
Do you use the ash from the chimney in the garden or yard at all? I tried it today because the acidicness (a word?)is good for the ground and kind of acts like a fertilizer…along with the earthworms. I wonder how it’s effect will be.

its “Obedience plant” - so-called because if you move one of those little flower trumpets to the side, it will stay where you put it.


lets see if i can remember the botanical name…
physostegia, but i admit to googling.

that 2nd light/prism picture is fabulous

Luke, be careful with using ashes on your plants. Some don’t like the acidity; while others do!

Letty, really? I’ll have to go out and try that with this pretty plant! I had no idea!

Ohhhh. . . we’ll be a Yankee Stadium also on Sunday. I’ll look for you. LOL!

Love the sunbeams streaming through the trees! Oh yeah, fall is just about here.

Happy autumnal equinox! Enjoy the moment of balance - it will not last.

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