After days of rain the sky is bright blue. Only a few very fluffy clouds float in the expansive bowl. Tonight we are to have frost and, away from the lake, growing season ending freezes. With luck, the cold will also end our overabundance of mosquitoes.This past weekend’s rain and deep chill drove most humans indoors to their fireplaces anyway, dramatically reducing the food available to these flying hordes.

In response to the weather forecast I began, this morning to bring in the flowers we hope will overwinter. I also dug up one marigold plant, which I hope will last until after our annual Ancestor ceremony November 6th. Most of the flowers are geraniums which will live in the studio, and in other parts of the house with south facing windows. There may be a few hot peppers to bring in his evening. Otherwise, the remaining crops are all cold tolerant. We can begin to put the raised beds to bed for this year.

Here in the valley, near Lake Champlain, the trees are in the early stages of turning. I hear trees at the higher elevations are nearing peak color. We’re about a week behind the average for color change, and anticipate the cold temperatures of the next couple of days will bring on a rising tide of color. The weekend is forecast to be warm and sunny, perfect leaf viewing weather. (Actually, a bit of could can bring up the color more than sun. Often, bright sunshine washes the color out!) Next week, a tropical system is forecast to come up the coast and bring more heavy rain. Should that happen, the leaves will likely all come down, and the raking will begin.


Well, this post never made it up last night. There was frost on the cars this morning, but the gardens seem intact. Living near the lake tends to prolong the fall and delay the advent of spring. Last night was a good example of this. We shall see about the mosquitoes and their allies.

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