The first of the month record is late – as usual – but things have been so busy here at the end of the road, with Halloween parties and the beginning of Christmas baking. Fruitcakes! For the record, the first of the month felt like a tropical monsoon, with temperatures in the 70s, wind and lashing rain. The rain began during the night and by the time the wind died down and the rain stopped at noon, we had two inches of rain, and had a sunny warm afternoon to enjoy. You can see that my husband was able to get part of the field to the south mowed, but he fears our old tractor may have chugged its last.
The wind took down the last of the autumn leaves and this morning we are back to New England temperatures – 32 degrees at 7 am EST.
Even though I have picked several tiny bouquets, and we have had several frosts, these mums are still blooming. I am amazed.
The Sheffies and parsley also remain untouched by the weather. The sheffies began blooming so late in the season I feared they would not last long. I was wrong.
Still, as I prepare to say good bye to the last vestiges of summer, my brilliant berried holly promises the joys of the winter holiday season. Last year there were hardly any berries at all so I am thrilled.
Not all the fall chores are completed, but I have hopes to do a little more before it is too cold. That is usually my position at this time of the year.