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Today is one of those autumn days when you know that fall has reached its peak. You don’t need a weather forecaster or foliage specialist to let you know that we are on the spiral to winter.
Most of the leaves up on the hill are making their way from their home in the branches to the ground where they create a colorful fall carpet and make the wonderful rustling noises that make you unable to resist dragging your feet through the leaves as you walk along. Today it is raining, off and on, and the leaves are falling from the trees like snow. It won’t be long before the trees up here are bare.
Color is about as good as it is going to get, it is almost bursting with yellows, oranges and reds. The surrounding mountains are speckled with the colors of fall.
We often remark that when we come back from vacation, even though it is still just mid August, fall is in the air. Somehow, the evenings are cooler and there is just something about it that makes you think of fall colors, apples and crisp autumn air. This morning is a beautiful morning. The sun is shining, there was this awesome fog this morning that revealed every spider web in the area (only wish I had my camera then).
Here are some pictures of the mums on our doorstep — all dewy and sparkling.
The best place for foliage in Vermont as voted by Yankee Magazine has also been recently voted (by none other than The Ts themselves) to be the place to avoid the most come foliage season. Yankee Magazine has voted Manchester, Vermont, the #1 place in Vermont for fall foliage. Manchester came in #3 overall behind Connecticut and Maine (which has some people in Vermont scratching their heads- but that’s another story).
Manchester is a nice town, great shopping, great restaurants, an awesome bookstore – but it is always filled with people. Now, come foliage season, I am sure that it will be EVEN MORE filled with people (if that is even possible) They will come, from far and wide, to see the foliage and shop and eat. All of this is a very good reason to completely avoid Manchester (or avoid it as much as humanly possible) for anyone who actually lives around here. We have trees here, we have foliage – I certainly do not need to jump in the car and drive about 1/2 hour south of us to Manchester to see their foliage. And anyone who knows me personally knows that outlet shopping is not even on my list, much less my top ten list, so that too I can forego. The only thing that will make me sad is avoiding Northshire Bookstore, which is my favorite bookstore ever. Lucky for them (unlucky for us local folk) Yankee Magazine mentions them by name as a “must see” while you’re in Manchester checking out all those trees and shopping. Therefore, that means that even the bookstore will be off-limits due to throngs of those people (as the Maine folk would say – “from away”) that will be invading the town and the bookstore during foliage season.
Well, I guess that between now and then we’ll have to get our fill in order to last us through that season affectionately called Leaf Peeper season.
FYI, the photo is our own fall foliage from last year.
Here’s what it looked like in the mountains and yard around the T’s House this morning for any of you thinking about taking a ride this weekend to check out the foliage. The mountains are sporting some color after the week of cold weather, snow, rain and frost.
Slowly, but surely, the colors are coming on this first full day of Autumn. The weather is surprisingly warm and rather humid. A big change from earlier in the week when it was evenings of freeze warnings for here on the hill.
We had two nights of frost over the weekend, which helped to turn the leaves around here a little more. Everything pretty much is showing that twinge of color, but not much has popped. Last night was the first fire of the season in the woodstove.
Here’s the view out our windows this afternoon.
And last, but not least, the famous “view from the porch”.
Here are pictures from outside our door. In two days, not much has really changed around here. We are supposed to be getting some cool nights in the next few days, so I am sure that the cool temperatures will have an impact.
The mountains are starting to take on a definite twinge of color. There is the occasional tree that has completely exploded into yellow or orange or red. While it is not quite time to go leaf peeping, it is coming soon. For those of you who are not able to look out your windows and personally keep tabs on the foliage up here in Vermont but might be planning a trip or waiting for it to be “just right” for that trip – I thought that I would do a daily Foliage update.
These are the colors outside our door today, September 14th. (Which by the way is 10 days to my birthday – but I’m not counting or anything )
And the famous view from the header of my blog:
See, there isn’t too much color around here, but when it goes, it will go fast. So…be prepared.