Yup, Fall's comin' on! I went to the lake yesterday and plunked myself in a beach chair with a good book - The Song of Achilles (Madeline Miller) is a wonderful read. The sun did its magic on my exposed legs and décolletage while I got lost in the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles, the unfolding of the Trojan War, the sad fulfillment of Achilles' fate, and the numerous dalliances of the Gods and mortals.
Occasionally, I'd loll back and look out over Harrisville Pond and up into the sky. It was that fantastic washed-out blue of late summer; there were fair weather clouds making their lazy way from west to east ... it was such a gorgeous day. After a few hours of quiet and a couple lazy dips in the water, it became painfully obvious that I needed to get out of the sun. Between the stares of a few 'sun neighbors' and the beginnings of a sunburn tingle, I knew that I shouldn't have forgotten the sunscreen at the house and I should have moved into the shade much sooner. Alas, I shall be a lobster for a few days ...
On my way home, I rolled the windows down, opened the sunroof in the Passat, and took a few back road detours to explore some of the small towns around. Hancock, Stoddard, Antrim, Sharon, and finally Peterborough floated by to the sounds of crickets and katydids and the first honkings of Canada geese. At one point, there was a perfect V-shaped flock flying above the car, as I came around one of the many wetland swamps that dot this end of the state of New Hampshire. The swamp maples are just starting to take on their distinctive red tinge. The goldenrod is in full bloom along the roadsides and up through the meadows and fields. Here and there, you see clumps of summer phlox, all pink and white or soft shades of purple. Soon, the field asters will pop up in shades of lavender and deep purple. Everything is blowsy looking and semi-dry. Yup, Fall's comin' on.
When I got home, SB had done an easy job of supper - bless him! While he grilled venison burgers, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, roasted potato wedges, and sautéed zucchini and onions, I poked around at the beginnings of my Fall project. Fittingly, this will be a twin sized Flying Geese quilt when I have finally cut all the pieces and put them together to make the quilt face. It will be quilted through the winter time and by next Spring, I will have a pretty quilt to show off at one of the summertime fairs. Yup, Fall's comin' on - what will be your Fall project?