November comes to an end, and so does the Autumn season. The days become shorter, and the nights are much longer. We have some nights below freezing. The greenhouse is done for this Autumn. Since mid-November, I fill the feeders with hot pepper bird seeds to keep away Bruno from trashing the trays. The birds don’t mind the hot seeds. It’s still November. But soon, the last month of the year will arrive.
It definitely gets colder here in Connecticut. The west wind is stiff. Even with “onion layers” of a t-shirt, two hoodies, and a jacket, I’m still chilled to the bones. It will take a while for me to get used to these temperatures again. In the meantime, I have some scented candles burning to keep me warm. Brrrr! 🥶
The leaves hang on to the last moments of Autumn before they will give in to the wind, the cold gets too strong and they’ll drop. Yesterday, we had our first light snowfall in Connecticut. Winter sure is coming soon. Maybe we will have a white Christmas, again. 🎄☃❄
This week it was unseasonably warm during the days in Connecticut. The nights were cold, which brought a lot of moisture. And therefore, we had to deal with some fog in the morning. The forest looked very enchanted; especially with celebrating Halloween/Samhain and Dìa de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead in the same week. A lot of leaves have been falling, and some of the trees are bare and look dead, which adds to the spooky appearance.
November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows. With night coming early, And dawn coming late, And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate. The fires burn And the kettles sing, And Earth sinks to rest Until next spring.
Today we drove to the Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston. From there Kevin, Sara, and I took the train to the Campville Summit, about four miles north of Thomaston along the Naugatuck River. Meanwhile, we had cold apple cider on this beautiful Autumn afternoon. Once we reached the summit, we rode back through Thomaston and made our way down to Watertown, just past Echo Lake Road. Kevin jokingly said: “If we jump off the train, we have to walk only a mile to be home.” Back towards Thomaston, we made a stop at a small pumpkin patch. Kids and adults could take pictures and bring a small pumpkin on the train. After 15 minutes the train loaded up again. And we rode back to the train station. The excursion took about 1 hour and 20 minutes. It was a nice little ride through the Litchfield Hills. We also had the chance to see the Thomaston Dam and look down into the Naugatuck River Valley. Sadly, the peak season of leaf peeping is over. Most trees are almost bare.
When the trees their summer splendor Change to raiment red and gold, When the summer moon turns mellow And the nights are getting cold; When the squirrels hide their acorns, And woodchucks disappear; Then we know it is Autumn. Loveliest season of the year.
The same morning, but in a different part of Watertown: Kevin and I took a short trip to Black Rock State Park. While we were driving further down into the valley, the fog became denser. Actually, I wanted to capture some Autumn photos across the lake. Instead, I’ve got some fantastic fog photos of some golden maple trees. When we drove home, we got back out of the fog. On top of the hill, we had a nice view of the Naugatuck River Valley. The mist lay there like a blanket. The scenic view was stunning.
Kevin and I waited until sunrise before we drove to Veteran’s Memorial Park for a nice walk on this crisp morning. We both warmed up quickly once we walked our first round. Since it was so nice, we decided to go for another round. While Kevin and I were at the park, we saw all these beautiful October Autumn colors. An Eastern Gray Squirrel munched on an acorn and built a bed after breakfast. Our critters prepare for the cold weather.
Every day, the colors change in our yard and in our forest. I love how everything turns to gold, orange, and maroon. Colorful vines creep along the tree trunks, mushrooms grow on the fallen trees, berries become ripe and their skins split open. The colors of Autumn are so beautiful. 🍁🍄
Autumn has arrived. Our yard and forest become more colorful as the season goes on. We had cooler nights, just above freezing, which help the leaves to turn into their beautiful colors. Just in time, the Autumn berries begin to ripen for the cold days ahead. Birds and small critters will need all the nutrition they can get before Winter will arrive in New England. Most birds have left for the South, where they will over-winter until Spring comes back.
While Hurricane Ian was causing a lot of damage in the Caribbean, Florida, and Carolinas, it began to fall apart as a tropical storm in Virginia last week. Now, the remnants of Ian linger in the northeast causing temperatures to drop, high winds, and a lot of rain for the last three days and nights. I’m tired of the rain. Tomorrow, the weather is supposed to warm up into the low 70s with some sunshine. This will hopefully be a much better opportunity for some Autumn photos.
October Autumn leaves of red and gold that crunch beneath your feet, Pumpkins on front porches, candy corn, and trick-or-treat, Tart and tangy cider, apples ripened on the trees, A hint of winter coming on the chilly autumn breeze.
My favorite month has arrived! October has all the beautiful Autumn activities I like the most. We can go pumpkin picking at the farms; wear sweaters, while shopping for Autumn goodies; eat and drink a lot of Pumpkin Spice-everything. and watch the leaves finally turning in beautiful shades of gold, orange and red. In the meantime, decorations will go up to make our house and yard look more spooky for the Halloween season. I LOVE OCTOBER!
Today was the Fall Festival in Watertown, Connecticut. A lot of vendors and food trucks were present to sell homemade goods, and introduce themselves and their businesses. The Military, Police Department, and Boys Scout looked for recruiting kids and young adults. But when you look for me at a festival, look no further than the Artsy and Crafty canopy tents. And I love to look at dresses. Unfortunately, at the fairs and festivals, the vendors never have them in my size, which can be frustrating at times. However, it was a beautiful sunny day. While Sara walked around with her friends, Kevin and I hung out with Lily’s mom. We had quite a conversation and didn’t even notice how fast the time flew by. Once the vendors packed their items, it was time to leave the park.
Last year in July, Kevin bought me a set of Autumn Tomte Nisse (Scandinavian aka. Swedish Gnomes). I was so excited and could barely wait for Autumn. I remembered that I wanted to do some photo shoots with these little guys. Here are the results of the first shooting. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do. Either way, I had a lot of fun with Sven, Christopher, and Gunnar. Yes, I picked some Swedish names for my gnomes as well. 😉
Kevin, Sara, Lily, and I went to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire in Lebanon this morning. They have the three days Grand Opening & Market Weekend due to Labor Day. And we wanted to go there and check it out. It is a much smaller Faire than the one in Waxahachie, Texas. But it seems more family-oriented and people are much closer to one another. In other words, it’s a festival in a small-town neighborhood, where everyone knows each other. We were comfortable enough to let the girls go on their own adventure, while Kevin and I looked at each booth and tent. Sara and Lily got their faces painted by #facecandyjenna. Jenna has an account at https://www.tiktok.com/@facecandyjenna
We are planning to visit the Renaissance Faire in October, again. The All Hallows Weekend is on October 15 & 16, 2022. Halloween Knights will be in the after-hours on October 15, 2022. The girls can dress up in their Halloween Costumes and enjoy the festivities.
Kevin, Sara, and I went to an orchard for apple picking today. We could pick Gala, Honey Crisp, and McIntosh apples. But first, we had to purchase a bag at the gate, before we could enter the orchard. Well, we’ve got over a dozen fresh-picked apples for $14. And we made sure we filled the back up to the rim. When I went over to the row of Gala apples, I picked the perfect apple: nicely red with a stem and a little leaf on it. Kevin mentioned: “This is the perfect teacher’s apple. Sara, you can bring this one to your new school teacher on Tuesday.” Sara replied: “That would be Ms. ***. She’s my math teacher.” We all began to laugh. Math is not Sara’s strong suit. After filling up the whole bag and munching on another apple, we made our way back to the car. Apple picking should be an annual family tradition in our house.
It has been a while since I was at Echo Lake Park. The last time Kevin and I visited the park we saw the beaver pulling a big tree branch across the lake. This was shortly after school ended. Now that school is back in session and Autumn is coming, I’ll visit the lake more frequently again. A few trees showed signs of Autumn. But I also enjoy the native blooms at the park. The Common Evening Primroses, Goldenrods, Joe-Pye Weeds, Knotweed, and Purple Loosestrifes are in full bloom. Geese and ducks hang out at Echo Lake Park. They enjoy the cooler mornings and warm afternoons as well. It was a beautiful day today.
Today is the first day of “Back To School”. Our youngest, Sara, is the only one left to go to regular school. Sara is a 7th grader in Middle School. And she will ride on the school bus for the first time this year. Not that Sara is happy about the bus ride. But this will help me with scheduling appointments and I don’t have to worry about picking her up from school. I have the feeling she will make some friends on the school bus as well. Now off to new adventures and learning. I remember, 7th grade was my favorite school year. 📚🍎🦉
Indian Summer breezes blow The geese are taking flight. A softly glowing harvest Moon lights up the starry night. The special warmth and happiness we feel throughout September. Will fill our hearts all Winter long with beauty to remember.