Saturday, September 17, 2011

The juicy end of summer

Summer is slipping into autumn here in our little valley.

I always feel a tinge of regret, never wanting to let the sunshine turn to gray skies
and the warmth dip, prompting me to bring out the wool sweaters and bring in another
armful of fire wood.

But there are compensations.

Fresh local corn at the farmstand we pass every day.
The last straggling blooms in the garden.

And this year... elderberries!

Signs of autumn are everywhere. It's undeniable.

Chillier weather.

Time to start thinking about a neighborhood bonfire, the last batch of jam, and getting the Christmas projects underway.

Time to bake another pie and celebrate the lingering joy of summer before we embrace the autumn that's rushing toward us.


Sherrie Spangler said...

Beautiful. You've halfway convinced me that winter will be OK here in western Washington.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Hi Sherrie

Fun to hear from you! I am halfway convinced myself... it will take a lot of cocoa and candlelight and evenings by the fire, though.

I am still clinging to the last vestiges of summer!


Sharyn Sowell said...

Leslie said...

Anonymous said...

Blackberries! One of my favorites!
We made jam one year from the wild ones.
Hugs, Diane

Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Dear Sharyn,

Mmm, blackberries and elderberries! Some of the yummiest and best for you fruit around. Summer is indeed fleeting, isn't it? It is always such a shock to me to see the leaves turning colors, as it seems just yesterday that they came out!