Fall unfolds here in New England and I anticipate the beauty of autumn leaves with childish enthusiasm. Just yesterday I began to photograph the drama around my Middle Street neighborhood. Those photos will have to wait for a new blog post.
For now I need to share the photos and stories I’ve saved up for this early fall post. This first photo was taken back in mid-September when the first leaves began to change. My 14 year old granddaughter had already started her 8th grade of school at a new place, the Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine. Our application and her acceptance were both on the late side so there was a lot of drama around her admittance which happened very close to the beginning of classes.
She was required to choose a fall season sport and decided on field hockey. The photo below shows her (far right, pink shoes) in a recent match with a team in the nearby town of Greenland. I believe the score was tied. Just a couple of days ago I watched her team in a match with Portsmouth and Berwick won 2 – 0. So far they are undefeated.
It’s the beginning of October now and there hasn’t been any freezing weather as yet so there are still flowers in the backyard, such as the flax seen in this photo of the backside of the house. I’ve been told these solar panels were installed a year ago. I live on the 3rd floor. That’s my skylight window on the far right.
I took this photo several weeks ago when the temperatures were still right for beach going and getting in the water, even if wearing a wet suit. This is a structure in the backyard that gets used for drying clothes and such. In the background you can see a roof lookout tower, a common architectural feature here in Portsmouth.
Happened upon this display of falling leaves on a rainy day. They were tucked into a spot on the front stairs close to a drainpipe occupied by a sturdy spider web. You can see the granite step in it’s classic grey color. The city planners of Portsmouth are very fond of granite curbs. They are everywhere possible. I had a discussion once with some official city bricklayers and they said that for New England granite is practical. It doesn’t break down with the damp and temperature-variable weather here. And, I believe it’s readily available locally.
In this photo there’s a nod to the also ubiquitous red bricks, a substitute for cement sidewalks here. I’ve learned that these bricks are traditionally made up in Maine and the various shades of color all have historic names and values. If you are a brick layer in this town you will never be out of work.
The farm market we’ve been enjoying all summer will run until November. As this photo illustrates it’s a great time for root vegetables. The vegetable garden here at the house (sometimes referred to as Kate’s garden) is producing lots of greens such as kale, parsley, mustards and chard. I’ve found a new habit of drinking a green smoothie for lunch each day using these fresh from the garden (pick and eat). Doesn’t get better. For other ingredients I usually add a banana, some other fruit such as frozen blueberries, plus water, honey and some cashew milk or other liquid such as orange juice. Ice cubes can always be added, or an avocado. Yes, I’m still on the raw/vegan diet and finding new ways all the time to make delicious versions of breakfast cereal (my buckwheat granola) and salads.
This last photo is, of course, Charlotte, looking into the back door that leads into the carriage house dining/living room. Notice the granite step. She had been making trips to the vegetable garden with me to water with the green plastic watering can. He favorite part was holding the can while I filled it up from the hose. Of course she led the way to the garden and watched me guide the flow of water onto the new lettuce seedlings I’ve planted late to see what happens. She has also been enjoying the ripening pears, part of the landscaping available to all of us.
Hope to get a new blog sent out sooner than this one to celebrate those beautiful autumn colors and the interestingness that leads up to Halloween.