All of a sudden it's autumn. We're having autumnal weather. The mornings are cold and dewy. The afternoons, at least many of them, turn off warm (relatively) and sunny. The hours of darkness are pulling in, meaning that the dog's walks get later in the morning and earlier in the evening.
One of the signs of the season is the renewed activity of all the arachnids in the area. Because of heavy dew, or leftover moisture from rain showers, their webs are very noticeable all around the vineyard when the sun is coming up in the morning. They almost sparkle. Here are just a few examples.
Even after a long, warm, dry, and busy summer, I'm not sure I'm ready for fall. I keep trying to see the positive side of the change of seasons. Instead of zucchini, eggplants, and tomatoes, which we've been gorging on — yesterday I made a big pan of moussaka — we'll soon be eating collard greens, butternut and acorn squash, and more soups and stews.
Right now, the house is getting almost chilly and we don't have a working boiler. The radiators are cold. We're waiting for the company that is supposed to be installing a new, more efficient, easier-to-regulate boiler to contact us with a date for the work to be done. They've said only that it will happen sometime in October. We hope so. The good news is that the weather is supposed to be dry and fairly warm at least until the early part of next month.