Our weather has definitely said so long to summer time and ushered in the cool temperatures of autumn.
Unfortunately, most of September has also been gray and sprinkled with intermittent rains. If that's what it takes to drive away the heat and humidity of our summer just past, we'll take it. But it does make it difficult in our attempts to wind up the last of our outside summer/fall tasks before we close the doors and go into winter hibernation mode. (We are so looking forward to that this year.)
Last Saturday I finally got the window boxes decked out in their fall finery. This is the small one outside our bathroom window. I had to trim away some of the Virginia Creeper vines that had managed to imprison the whole window box.
As with all the changing of the colors this particular fall season, the Virginia Creeper seems slow to turn to its brilliant red this year.
I went out into the garden a couple of days ago to pull some carrots for addition to a soup. Looks as though we'll have a good crop of them. The longest measured nearly 12". The little stub in the picture was a surprise when I pulled it. You see, we had some little urchins looking for "something to eat" in the garden previously to this harvest of mine. I said they could each go pull a carrot. This carrot apparently broke off so the little "pullee" carefully planted it right back in the hole from which it came . . . and pulled another carrot more to her liking.
Carrots, potatoes and cabbages are still in the garden as our root cellar where they'll be stored hasn't had a chance to cool off enough yet.
I'm debating harvesting the Brussels sprouts before we get a hard frost (which supposedly makes them sweeter) because the stalks are so heavily laden that they're starting to topple over. It's a tipsy row of plants out there right now.
Although certain areas around us have had a nipping frost or two already, we haven't gotten close to that yet.
Papa Pea spent the day today, among other tasks, spreading gravel in the needy spots on our quarter mile driveway. The whole drive would really like to be completely redone (we've been ministering to it ourselves for the past 20-some years), but the significant $$$ for that job isn't in the budget this year.
My main outside job today was scraping paint off old windows. Do I know how to have fun or what?