Friday, September 23, 2011
...and yet the first thing i noticed when i stepped out the door was how mild it was. after the temps dropped down earlier this week while we had some clear skies, they have soared up again quite a bit since the rain set in the last few days. still, it is wet and windy and it is surely not summer anymore, even as the sun tried to poke through here and there. it even snowed a little bit up at the local ski hill last night - a very early start indeed. but back up a few days to when it was still summer, technically, although i think these shots feel very fall-like. a walk along one of the local rivers, keeping and out for salmon migrating upstream to spawn, along with the big furry beasts that are looking for salmon too! keep in mind your view of this walk will probably be a lot more peaceful than the real thing - there is no audio of my niece and nephew bickering with each other and whining along the way! (seriously, i do love them just the same!)
i plan on enjoying this solstice evening with some exploring in the woods, keeping an eye out for tasty morsels and other curiosities. and some more of the same this weekend. we had hoped to head to the west coast for a last camping trip of the year, but the rainfall warnings have scared off even us fairly hardy campers. too bad, i was really looking forward to some misty days at the beach. i will have to keep my exploring closer to home, where i can get wet and cold but still have a dry house to come home to with a fresh pot of tea.
and inline with the trundling bears above, there will be a couple new bears heading in to the shop tomorrow - i will let you know when they are up. autumn is in full swing, and i aim to get some more woodland items in there shortly, but possibly a whale or two will sneak in as well. wishing you all a happy fall!
a few more things:
• did you see smitten kitchen's take on tomato soup & grilled cheese? it was every bit as delicious as i thought, perfect for rainy fall evenings.
• i've also got my eye on two different autumn cake recipes: this harvest cake from roost, and a spicy pumpkin bundt cake from martha.
• i have whittled away my knitting pile to just finishing up a hat for A, which means i can start plotting this awesomely slouchy hat for me! autumn is all about new toques in our house.