Autumn came overnight. For the past couple of weeks trees have been showing some color, then turning brown and dropping many leaves. Then, Thursday night, everything changed. Friday morning hints of deep, rich color covered the landscape; during the day, the color became richer, and spread as Fall announced it’s arrival.
This coincided with our baking the season’s first winter squash, and making “Three Sisters” soup, a traditional stew combining those hallmarks of Native cuisine: squash, corn, and beans. Fall is indeed here!
Leaf change is a much-anticipated, and carefully followed, event here in New England. We live on a broad valley floor, and are still in what old timers call “early color”, things are more advanced at the higher elevations. Historically, peak color arrived during the week of October 4th, but peak is growing progressively later as our climate changes. Today is cool, with a slight possibility of much-needed showers; still, our temperatures have been well above normal and this has slowed the “march of color” across the land.
A couple of weeks ago we went to Boston to visit family, make our yearly pilgrimage to the Polio Clinic, and attend Jennie’s dad’s memorial service. It was good to see family, the clinic visit was optimistic, and the service was moving. We were reminded, yet again, that we are carried along on a web of relationships, support, and love. It was a good trip and has taken some time to digest. Hopefully, I’ll be posting more going forward.