Well, it’s that time of year, when the seasons change, and so many of us are looking forward to it! I find I am eager for each new season, but spring and fall temps are really my favorites.
As I write, it’s a beautiful day- no humidity, sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky. Hammock time – as my grandson says! It’s also time for fall garden work, and decorating with pansies, mums, colorful ornamental kale, pumpkins in all hues, painted hay bales, scarecrows, and gourds in so many shapes.
The Fall festivals are filling up people’s calendars. Broadway’s Autumn Festival kicked it off in September with many wonderful vendors and an antique car show, with streets full of people. Broadway’s Oktoberfest, North Mountain Homestead’s Pumpkin Patch Opening Day, Every Soul Acres Sunflower and Pumpkin Festival, and the Page Valley Sunflower Festival were held.
October has more things going on that will keep you busy all month! Dayton Days Autumn Celebration, Wardensville WV Fall Festival, Meet Your Meat Fall Farmers Market at 5A Meats, Broadway’s Hometown Halloweenfest, Trunk or Treats, Fall Cruise Ins, Elkton Autumn Days, Oktoberfests, Corn Mazes, Fall Fundraisers, football games, homecoming games and parades, Haunted Houses, and Ghost Tours.
October brings in cool temps, maybe a brief Indian summer, then sweaters, hoodies, pumpkin lattes, apple cider, pumpkin pies, the scent and warmth of woodstoves and fireplaces, and getting as much ice cream as we can before JJs closes end of this month.
Leaves are falling to the ground, swirling in their last dance of the season, as they form soft colorful piles on the ground. The trees go to sleep for the winter, concentrating on incubating their spring blossoms. Leaves are raked into towering piles, just begging for someone to jump in them. Our summer bird friends have left for warmer climes, as we watch for the last hummingbird to hover at the feeder, sipping the last few drips of sugar syrup to help them gear up for the long trek home.
The horses and donkeys are starting to grow their winter coats, the wild creatures are storing away seeds and nuts for the lean winter times, the coats of the deer are turning darker, to help camouflage them during the upcoming hunting season.
Everywhere we look, we can see the harbingers of autumn. Enjoy the change of seasons, as another year gets closer to its end.
All is well at Mountain Meadows today…….