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Rainy weekends are usually lazy weekends around here. You can’t feel guilty about not getting things done because there’s not much outdoor work be done in the rain — well, technically I guess you could, but I’m not feeling that motivated. We took a drive, with our chauffeur, down to Bob’s Diner for a Sunday brunch taking the scenic drive through Londonderry.
Then, when we got back we took a walk in the woods.
We were hiking through the trails in the woods cleaning them up in preparation for CROSS COUNTRY SKIING! Yes, it is getting close to that time of the year!
Okay, so maybe I wasn’t doing quite as much cleaning up as Tom, but hey I did get him to smile for his picture!
Today seemed like a day spent running around and driving kids everywhere. PSATs, job interview,birthday party, work, dinner (okay the library Tex Mex was delicious, so no complaining there) and movies.
On our way to drop one son off at a birthday party in Tinmouth we had occasion to take advantage of the view and the old neighborhood by the Danby house. I wish the skies were clearer, but still, I share:
Trees. By the looks of the cars just stopped on the sides of the roadway around here, you would think that we are the only state that has these objects. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey – I have been to all of these states and I can say with certainty – they all have trees. Pretty much, plenty of them of too. If you saw the hoards of people out of their cars on the side of the roadways here taking pictures and posing with trees, you’d think most of these people have never seen a tree in their lives. Don’t get me wrong, the foliage is beautiful, but I’ve been to New York State and these other states in the fall, and they also have beautiful foliage. Some of them even have mountains. We were out and about yesterday and amid trying to avoid the people who just slam on their brakes to stop and take pictures, we were checking out license plates. Only about 1 in every 10 cars was actually a Vermont plate. By far the most outstanding were several Oregon plates. Seems to me they have these things called the Rockies between Oregon and here and it would appear that they are full of trees. Oh well……
Sunday was actually a sunny day. It was the first that we have had in a while. The first day that it actually didn’t rain, even a little, at some point during daylight hours. It gave the peepers a chance to get a good look at the leaves some traveled pretty darn far to see, without having to be bundled up in layers of plastic and gortex to keep from getting drowned.
All around us these days the mountains are exploding with colors – foliage is definitely at its best, but come on people, be careful where you just stop on the side of the highways to take pictures.
Even the animals enjoyed the warm, sunny day. Here, Skye and Phoenix catch some rays while they take in the foliage and think – mmmmm – leaves and apples, life is good.
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.
Last evening on my way driving the boys to scouts I noticed it. The green on the trees is a little less green. You really wouldn’t notice it in the daylight but in the light of the setting sun, you can see it – the trees are starting to take on a yellowish glow. I noticed that the cranberry bush in our yard is also losing its color, not quite changing yet, but a little less vibrant green. The mountains overall are starting to take on a touch of color, not noticeable really unless you watch closely, but it’s coming. Autumn is on its way.
Another sign that it’s coming is the deer have started to make their way into the yard, which can only mean one thing, the apples are starting to taste good. All summer they haven’t made their way down into our field, but now, early mornings or late evenings, you can see them, making their way down, tentatively, tasting here and there.
The evenings are getting chilly and the mornings are brisk – all the hallmarks of autumn. The pumpkins are beginning to turn. I love autumn, it’s one of my favorite times of the year.