Sunday, October 28, 2012

Before-the-storm fall colors

No matter which weather forecast you listen to we are in for a humdinger of a storm here on Monday and Tuesday. So I decided I should post some photos I have taken this week to remind me of what it look like before the storm.

It seems I have been raking leaves all week long. On Wednesday I raked the same areas three times. That does sound ridiculous but there is new grass there and I want to keep the leaves off it as much as possible.

 On Wednesday (the multi raking day) this is what the trees look like. Note that maple on the right as the tips were just beginning to yellow and it was looking quite spectacular.

 See why I was raking so often?

 Here is that same maple tree only two days later - and the overnight temperatures were in the 50's (10 C for those accustomed to Celsius) so nowhere near frost. That thin strip of grass behind the tree is one of the areas I have been trying hard to keep clear of leaves to give the newly seeded grass a good chance to grow.

 Leaves from the maple and the tulip poplar are overwhelming the New England asters.

 Look quickly, that strip of grass behind the birdbath is relatively leaf free.

 The fall season does encourage the photographer gene!

 Not quite in focus but the color is there. Haven't we been working hard?

 It has been quite a week - I had to clear off the front porch so the painter could get to the trim around the front door. That meant hauling all the flower pots off and there were double the usual number as I had refugees from the driveway still there from when the driveway seal was redone a few weeks back.

Now in preparation for the storm I have tucked the flower pots back into the protection of the front porch. Excuse the quilt block posing in front and focus instead on the flower still bravely blooming on the hibiscus plant.

It has been quite a week for this homeowner - not only was there the painter but I had to have the furnace and air conditioner replaced so it has been all go around here. I have lost track of how many hours I've spent raking leaves.

And now a storm to deal with. Oh well, at least it will keep me home and workman free!


  1. I hope you have al those spots well marked so you can get accurate "after the storm" comparison shots!

    Can we have a photo of the new roof (or does it look the same as the old one?)

    1. It looks pretty much like the old one but without the blotchy piebald color and the streaks.

  2. This may only show I've not focused on a particular detail before, but in your second photo I see a colorful birdhouse. I only remember the white birdhouse that has a place in your Brown Eyes quilt - is it new? Did some small birdhouse get a new paint job? The colors certainly are lively in these photos - it is too bad fall doesn't last a bit longer.

    1. There are two of those colorful birdhouses and they have been there since the springtime. I'd have to go back and look but I'm pretty sure they show up in earlier photos. But, as of 30 minutes ago, they have been pulled down so they don't blow away - no birds were inside.


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