Sunday, September 30, 2007

Summer is Over

There is nothing like the crisp, sunny autumn days where feelings of summer continue to lurk in our subconscious. Cold nights are followed by warm days. The light hint of gold in the trees lures us to wonderful paths that wind up the mountainside providing superb views over the expanse of forests to the peaks beyond. It's hard to not cherish the near deserted beaches and the clear blue skies.

That describes most of September...summer hardly around the corner. In fact, scarcely two weeks ago daytime temperatures reached almost 30 C. During that time I was busy collecting and stashing like that greedy, chatty squirrel in my parents back yard. I pillaged my father's garden, at his request, of course. Mainly, I harvested a large portion of the remaining basil. Nothing quite like the sweet aroma of a large bouquet of basal in the kitchen. Most of it went into a few batches of pesto that are now in my freezer.

Now on the eve of October, it feels more like November. This morning the mountain tops were lightly dusted with the white stuff. Since then it's been dreary and wet. I'd rather sit in front of the fire wrapped in my quilt, drinking cocoa and reading a good novel than even slightly peek my nose out of doors. I still have a few vegetable in my own garden which should be brought in soon. Of course I'd like to think that I'm still going to have a sunny day or two over the next few weeks to complete some of those outdoor chores.

18 comments:

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

October is here? That reminds me...

Sirdar said...

Its been cool here in the mornings too but there isn't any white stuff now or in the immediate future. Being in/near the mountains would bring snow to your area sooner than ours :-)

Were still getting highs in the low teens but it looks like we will be in single digits come the weekend. Let there not be any snow yet!!

dawn said...

Today was a nice day. I got the root vegetables in. I have to see to the garlic yet; I keep forgetting it is out there. Those are great photos, and I too have that hoarding nature at this time of year. I will be going to a green house market garden to get some things I didn't get much of.

Carla said...

Sandi, Yep...me too.

Sirdar, The snow is still high in the mountains. But now that it's made its appearance I'm sure it will slowly start to creep down. Sounds like our temperatures are close to yours. It's very unpredictable this time of year.

Carla said...

Dawn, I'm glad you liked the photos. This area is really very beautiful at this time of year. I too am planning a trip to one of the local markets to pick up a few things that I didn't plant this year.

Steffi said...

Yes,the time goes so fast away and it´s already october again.In the mornings it is already really cool here.
Your pictuires to your post are wonderful again,Carla!

rowena said...

Yup, summer is over and we've had our share of sudden drops in temp and heavy rainfall. Still, I'm hoping that sunny days are ahead in order to get in the last bit of hiking without having to bundle up too much. Love the photo of the geese!

Mark said...

This is my favorite time of the year. A time of change!

Winters said...

Oh, Canada...

Pictures and words to warm the heart, Carla.

Great post.

Carla said...

Steffi, Yes, I can't believe how fast the time passes. We've gone from sunny weather to torrential downfall. It's feeling stormy. Glad you like the pictures.

Rowena, Yep, I'm hoping for those sunny days too. With the rain we've had the past couple of days, I don't even want to poke my nose outdoors. Blah.

Carla said...

Mark, I usually enjoy this time as well, but the past couple of days the changes have come far too fast. I hope it's not an omen of what winter will bring.

Winters, Grab yourself a cup of cocoa and enjoy.

Pamela said...

perfect shots.... already missing it

tkkerouac said...

I love your photography and words,
you really know how to paint a picture, of where you are at.

The Fool said...

Hi Nomad. It looks like the seasonal change is at our doorsteps in the Northland. The first steps of the transition are always the hardest. The quilt sounds like a good place to hunker under until the verve returns. Enjoy your cocoa.

Carla said...

Pamela, Thanks. Yes, indeed...changes happen fast this time of year.

Tracy, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It really is beautiful around here this time of year.

Carla said...

Fool, Things are already looking up...even though we are even more socked in with the rain pounding even harder. Still, cocoa is a good idea.

kevin said...

lovely photos

Carla said...

Kevin, Thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed them.