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Apples, Acorns and Attitudes

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Apples, Acorns and Attitudes

A week ago I wasn’t ready to give up on summer. Even though the kids went back to school, the weather was still quite warm, the pool still open, and the season just seemed to go by way too fast. Yet this week, the weather has cooled down, there are leaves and acorns in the driveway, I’m craving apples, and looking forward to autumn, which officially starts on September 22, 2012.

There’s something so refreshing about a good change in the weather. There’s a cool breeze, blue skies and a need for blanket at night. It’s a wonderful time of year to get outside.

Living in the Northeast, I am fortunate to see the fantastic color changing that goes on with the leaves in a few weeks. While the weather was quite warm this summer, these warm September days and cool nights should help make Mother Nature’s art show quite spectacular this year. Unfortunately, in areas that experienced the drought this summer, the leaves may fall off the trees before turning spectacular colors.

The fall to me is a great time to get outdoors and take a hike, pick apples, go on a hay ride, and/or just enjoy the beautiful scenery. I live close to the Delaware Water Gap which is a wonderful place to experience fall foliage, as is the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire.

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We do have a list of average Peak Foliage dates for the US in the Farmers’ Almanac and here. Our average frost dates calendar may also come in handy as you look to put your garden to bed this season (scroll down to the map). I’m not really looking forward to raking all the leaves this year, but then again that’s good exercise to help work off the apple cider donuts I hope to enjoy in a few weeks.

Autumn also reminds me of chili, soups, pumpkins, cider, and squash. Yum! Enjoy these last few weeks of summer and share your thoughts on the fall. Where is your favorite place to go leaf peeping? What type of apples are your favorite? What do you enjoy about upcoming season?

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1 Denise { 09.18.12 at 4:55 pm }

well its already september 18th and fall is 4 days away. I think its time to say “farewell” to summer. The temperatures here in the mid atlantic cant seem to get out the 70s and the nights are going well into the 40s and 50s. All we need is several more sunny days and crisp cool nights then that will trigger a wonderful light show! October just seems to bring something for everybody.. those who like winter can finally say “winter is only weeks away” and theres pumpkin patches, apple cider, cool windy days and driving on a rural road on a October evening is just wonderful. Your blog just put a smile on my face! Autumn is finally here. (almost) but my driveway is covered with falling leaves and the avalanche of acorns dumping in my yard. Isnt the northeast supposed to have a much better and earlier than averge fall foliage season? because thats what i heard. My dogwoods are turning red and some of my maples are ready to turn red. Im seeing signs of fall

2 Ellen { 09.12.12 at 3:34 pm }

living in the peidmont of virginia i know all about spectacular light shows in the autumn. The blue ridge mountains (and the parkway is just beautiful in the fall) have plenty of those fall activities- apple picking, looking at the foliage, corn mazes in october, pumpkin patches and of course the fall festival. I dont know if where you are is seeing any fall colors but we arent quite yet. I cant believe it will soon be frosting and well be wearing jackets in just a few weeks! I love autumn so much. The chilly breezes, cool crisp air, the colors, jackets, pumpkins, acorns, apples and halloween. My kids still like to jump in those leaf piles and it just astounds me to say that all of that is only weeks away. Enjoy these fall days while you can because if I think about how fast this summer has gone by, thats how much time we have left until winter. We’ll be seeing christmas trees and snow sooner than we all think

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