Into October and its very noticeable that the season has changed. Fall colors abound and many trees seem in a competition to see who can be the first to shed all their leaves. Of course the “air” also heralds change and its definitely cooler and crisper first thing in the morning.
Today, 1st October, brilliant blue skies, a crisp cool wind if you are in the shade, and now despite wishes to the contrary, you know that winter (which the pundits say will be severe) is coming very soon! It is also the start of the “Winter” 8 ball pool competitions so some practice required after the smash and grab of 9 ball.
On the cycling and health kick the “1500” was completed and extra miles went in the book as I was in the mood. Will, or is 2000 even possible with the changing seasons? I’m starting this morning on 1531.06 so a few more weeks at least before snow and ice are the norm.
The 4th Road Bridge on my early morning ride
A view of the Dolores River from the bridge
Two weeks into the month and autumnal activities abound with apple picking, a harvest festival with cider making and tasting demo, the start of the firewood gathering, two rounds of pool with a first and a second to start the season, and plenty of Sunday football!
Our friend’s orchard and FREE picking!
The “fruits” of our labors
Good eating too!
Locally made nut bowl from the harvest festival @ $25
First 3 loads are stacked
The cycling has so far not been interrupted by bad weather though it is cooler and perhaps the winds are a bit stronger. Temps are still up there in the mid 60’s or low 70’s so the “living & breathing quest” continues unabated.
Having sailed through the 1500 barrier the mind questions the idea of 2000 before Christmas? Two weeks ago I was looking at trying to hit 1500 and now today (16th Oct) I’m over 1700 so 1800 is almost a certainty and the only real question is when will this white stuff arrive?
Today is another day of many tasks, San Ysidro on the Trials Scene didn’t even get a mention, but I’ll be back next year. Some electric fixes in the RV park, then finish off making the last of the first batch of cider. Brenda bought a vintage press and its now bolted on the outside picnic table and is working well! She wants to go to the pumpkin patch today and get another load of apples for more cider and apple sauce.
Scrumpy here we come
Pressed and pressed again apples off to the chickens
Quick run through the Pumpkin Patch and suitable “things” weighed and purchased, and now some straw bales to finish the effect and brighten up the shade garden after the early frosts have decimated some of the flowers.
Our harvest pumpkin patch
More winter activities with firewood complete the 6 load count and I’m thinking about 3 more and I’m done!