Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Thursday, August 22, 2013

waning

Lake Champlain pebbles, stacked.

And so the summer winds down...
  • the lumbering tractors of neighbors who are cutting, tedding and baling hay.
  • a full moon, glowing orange, dropping to the horizon near dawn.
  • henry, at 2:30 am, chattering at the bats, swooping near the open window.
  • the mountain ash berries, growing more orange every day, with branches bending under their weight.
  • the first apples, piled on the kitchen counter.
  • the bounty of yellow wax beans, in the garden, in the colander, in the freezer and in my belly.
  • special guests, here for a very short time, sleeping on the three season porch, walking on the road and chatting into the night.
  • a lovely afternoon, with Gretta, exploring both the public and "off the beaten track" parts of Shelburne Farms. Gathering, stacking and leaving behind the gorgeous pebbles of Lake Champlain.
  • spotting a black bear cub, rummaging beside the road.
  • goldenrod, hummingbirds, grasshoppers, spiders, a pair of hawks.
  • watching a fireworks display down in the valley, while sitting by a comforting blaze in the fire pit.
  • savoring the last of the local sweet corn.
  • scheduling furnace maintenance. ordering firewood.
  • red and orange tinges at the top of the maples.
What are you noticing as the seasons change in your neck of the woods?

4 comments:

  1. I am so looking forward to some VT summer corn in about a week!

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  2. oh those stones are fabulous

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  3. There's been a certain feeling to the air of late. At first I was so reluctant for summer to be over, but that feeling... the warm air tinged with the golden light of autumn has been making me excited for changing leaves and sweaters and woodland walks.

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