It seems to me that the peak of fall color has come and gone. However, there are still green leaves to be seen, at the same time that some trees are stripped bare. A friend drove over to Gorham over the weekend and said the color along Route 2 was lovely, but most of what I've seen has been a bit disappointing, compared to other years.
The Fryeburg Fair closed on Sunday, and by all accounts it was another successful year. We were certainly busy in the Farm Museum with hundreds of visitors. On Tuesday Linda Westleigh stopped by to say hello. She later told me that she and Reg met up with some cousins and had a great time.
I ate my first fried dough after years of avoiding it. Mike insisted that I really should try it before rejecting it, so I did. My verdict: all in all, I'd rather have a giant glazed doughnut.
The past weekend was also the occasion of Sunday River's Fall Festival, with all its concomitant games, contests, rides, etc. Mo Libby set up her Sunday River Alpacas booth just outside of South Ridge Lodge, and various members of our spinning group were there at one time or another to demonstrate the spinning of alpaca. I spent a couple of hours on Sunday with my spinning wheel and some fleece from Aladdin as part of the show. And of course, Sundance and Sirius were in their pen for visitors to ooh and aah over.
Yesterday the Pleasant Valley Grange hosted Bethel Senior Citizens for a luncheon of corned beef with all the usual fall vegetables. I'm sure the meal was much appreciated by all who were there.
Activities here at the Garden of Eden include some of the fall chores that we do every year. On Monday Mike washed both cars, fighting the wind which kept sending the hose spray back at him. He also busied himself pulling up the spent tomato plants and adding them to the compost pile. We've been bringing in the big houseplants that have been on the porch all summer, to their winter quarters in the sunroom. Of course, some will take turns in various spots around the rest of the house as well.
The crisp mornings are a welcome change from the too-warm weather we've experienced this fall. But we have yet to have a serious killing frost; so far only one light frost weekend before last. The Outing Club is gearing up for its annual ski sale on Oct. 29 and 30, so there is at least one group of people who are hoping for a good snow season, yours truly included.
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