Thanks to global warming, or at least an overactive La Nina pattern, summer started sometime around April up here. That's very unusual for New England. Unheard of, actually. 

And, it has been a scorcher! But, here we are in the middle of August and we can see and feel hints that summer will soon depart. Some nights are well near 50. Flowers and crops that should fizzle in late August or early September, have already started to buzz. Soon, the water will be too cold for a dip, and the breezes will take down the first leaves of autumn, as a warning.
Until then, enjoy this little taste of summer in western New England. We've had gatherings with family and old friends, grandkid birthday parties, indoor and outdoor concerts, garden parties and garden tours, daily trips to farmstands for corn and tomatoes, and luscious  solitary swims at the end of the day. We even sat for a spell in a cottage ornée in Pat's gorgeous rose garden. 

Wish summer could go on forever, but I know better. 

I hope you've had a good season, doing whatever it is you wanted to do. That's the way it should be. This is not the autumn of our lives, but the summer. Remember that and dress accordingly. 



08/20/2012 09:44

Beautiful slide shows and I am impressed by the way you have posted them. It was so nice having each photo open up without any effort on my part. (I tend to be lazy these days. ;-)- )

They took me back to the years we lived in Spencer, MA. Your Falls are gorgeous, but you can keep your winters. That's what drove me back to Ariizona.

12/01/2012 05:48

I have been to Shelburne Falls where some of my dear friends live now. It is such a gorgeous area. I loved it. Is that you the cute lady in the green shirt? :-)

12/01/2012 13:20

Oui, c'est moi, Marie, toute en verte avec an chapeau mon mari m'a donné. Shelburne? Oakland? Nous devons voyager dans les mêmes cercles.


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