I want to take the time to bid a fond farewell to summer…it was lovely. For those of us who live in New England, fall is in the air. The days have become cool and crisp with little or no humidity to speak of. Leaves are changing. Soon our back roads will be filled with people who are affectionately called leaf peepers. They come to enjoy the beautiful display of colors provided by Mother Nature.
Garden centers are ablaze with the colors of fall from the mums and asters waiting to be put on display. Instead of selling tomatoes and fresh corn, farmers markets will be selling cornstalks, dried flowers and Indian corn, apples and pumpkins so that we can decorate the fronts and insides of our homes.
I always enjoy hanging the dried corn, flowers, and herbs on the antique hearth in our keeping room which is a part of our New Hampshire kitchen.
It is apple picking time, one of the activities that families really enjoy doing each fall.
The sweet smell of cider and apple pies will replace the scent of summer blossoms. Shorts and tees are being replaced with jeans and sweaters. A large section of our area is under frost and hard freeze warnings for this evening.
Why is it that summer seems to be so short and winter seems to last so long? It seems such a short time ago when we opened our lakeside cottage, planted a garden and took boat rides around the lake.
As the days have grown shorter and cooler, we have hastily picked our fresh vegetables and herbs. Fresh basic tomato sauce, pesto and peppers are now in the freezer. The boat and dock are out of the water. The cottage will be soon be winterized and closed.
As I look forward to all that fall has to offer, I can’t help but think back to our lovely summer.
There was that first bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich that we could hardly wait to eat.
Having cocktails on the dock as we watched the Songo River Queen pass by and ring her bell.
Of course there were all the beautiful summer flowers this year. They had multiplied since they were first planted and filled the air with their sweet smell.
If I had to choose my favorite moment at the cottage this year, it was getting to know “The Bad”. That little chipmunk became a star on my blog. So many of you wrote in your comments about how cute he was. We started sprinkling nuts on our back deck to keep him from eating our cherry tomatoes that were so tempting to him. Over time he became bold enough to come up on our chairs and eat right out of a little bowl of sunflower seeds. Once he knew that we would not harm him, he would even let us rub his soft fur as he ate out of our hands.
We have enjoyed watching him as he went hopping and scurrying away with his cheeks full of seeds. He has been stockpiling them for the cold winter months when the ground will be covered in feet of snow.
So as I bid farewell to summer on our lake, I have lots of great times to remember.
I hope you have enjoyed your summer as much as we have. I now am moving on to enjoy our fine fall days ahead.