We walked through part of Linley Valley this morning. Leaves were falling from the trees!
There are other signs of fall as well; Chrysanthemums are blooming; the air is cool and crisp in the evenings; it is dark in the morning when I wake up; soups and stews are starting so sound appealing again; and my thoughts are turning to new knitting projects (who am I fooling – my thoughts are always turning to new knitting projects! LOL!).
We had a great couple of days at Lake Cowichan. It is part of our ritual. Almost every Labour Day Weekend we go to the Lake and spend time with the same set of friends. It is almost like our farewell to Summer. Do you have a ritual that means the end of Summer to you?
The weather was perfect at the Lake, warm and sunny. There was a pretty constant breeze that definitely hinted of Fall and the fire on the beach in the evening was very appreciated. We do a lot of nothing on this weekend. Reading, swimming, some walking and some knitting – I started a two coloured Saracen – on my part. Junk food is allowed and encouraged. The focus of the weekend is catching up with each other; finding out all of the family and friends news. Offering support if necessary and planning the next get together.
As we get older it seems harder to keep the connections going – and much more important to do so as well. We all are pulled in various directions; by our jobs; our families; and our health. It is funny that in today’s world of instant connections on-line – how hard it can be to connect in person. The way we live today does not allow as much time as we would like to spend with people we care about. We are always in a hurry – busy and onto the next thing on our list.
We have no lists at the Lake!
Yesterday morning we walked into Linley Valley and to the head of Cottle Lake. The skies were overcast and the air was muggy but it was wonderful under the canopy. The moss is greening up again and the contrasts of greens, greys and now yellows and browns are always fascinating to me.
I cruised around the garden yesterday as well. We still have a few late-blooming flowers and a little pink mum has volunteered for the garden as well.
There is a second bloom on the Clematis vine. It looks like it has taken this time! Next year there should be a wonderful show of flowers.
The Fall is a wonderful time of year. My favorite in fact. I love the changes in the garden and the crispness of the air. Knitting seems easier and the cooking is more entertaining again. I always welcome the Fall.
I hope that you enjoy the walk through Linley Valley.