Last evening we heard and saw a flock of Canada Geese flying over the house. And the night before I saw a huge flock of Grackles and Starlings congregating in a hay field. Goldenrod is in bloom and the Sassafras leaves are starting to change color already, although some of the early leaf color changes can probably be attributed to the drought-like conditions we are still having.
We've also had a sudden increase in our hummingbird customers at the feeders. We usually only have three locals that hang out around the house, but I've counted at least eight birds the past week. Lots of buzzing, fly-bys aerial dive-bombing and squeaky chirping going on. I think that maybe the newcommers are passing through on their migration to Central America and are fattening up for the long trip.
Summer isn’t officially over yet, but the temperatures are heralding the beginning of Fall. Since cooler weather is on the way, I figured we should enjoy the morning weather and have tea and quiche on the front porch:
Wood-burning season is just around the corner, so Paul has been diligently cutting up logs and piling them by the wood splitter for me to split. It’s boring work, sitting in front of that splitter, but it sure as heak beats doing that by hand! Paul split wood here for three years (I did help a little) but last year we bit the bullet and bought a splitter. Beats a crap-shoot investment in the stock market in my book.