The calendar says autumn won't arrive until the 22nd but Mother Nature has another idea altogether. I drove out to D's on Saturday, on a lovely sunny and warm afternoon. We spent a couple hours outside cleaning up the front part of her yard, while her neighbour K was cutting back perennials. Eli spent his time running between the two yards chattering up a storm. When I asked K if he was bothering her, she said it was a treat having the little guy spend time with her. Awww...that sure makes this G'ma happy.
Sunday morning, it was much cooler but with a promise of slightly warmer temps in the afternoon. We headed out about 8 a.m. for a short walk, ending at the "red" park.
Eli enjoyed the swings, especially when his mom gave him under ducks. Do you remember those? I didn't until D showed me what she meant. I guess this truly proves that I'm getting old(er).
We were back at the house just before 9, had our breakfast as both Eli and I had "so very hungry tummies", and then it was time to do some more yard work. While I finished up in the front yard, D and K worked on the side yard. They've decided that next spring, they'll have someone in to revamp the space between the two houses, with refreshed xeriscaping. There is gravel there, but over the years weeds and some ground cover have grown in. D wants to do the front as well - we'll have to see how far her budget can stretch.
We knew that Monday was going to be quite cool - especially early in the morning, and Eli was wanting to go for a drive so Sunday afternoon we drove to a nearby lake. It was too chilly to go in the water, though one little boy got his feet wet before his mom and I could catch him. The lake is down in the valley where the fall colors are beginning to show.
I'm not sure what Eli was thinking about in this photo but he doesn't look particularly happy. It was probably about the time his mom said we needed to go. It wasn't very warm, and there was quite a breeze - not the best time to be on the beach. Still it was nice to check it out and I can foresee visiting again next summer.
Ducks and geese sharing the sun! I was going to call this photo "one of these things is not like the other."..but then I noticed there are two ducks.
I find the cormorants fascinating. They aren't pretty birds by any stretch of the imagination but they look graceful in the water and in flight. (Not that I often catch them doing either). After writing this, I saw a couple of the birds feeding in the water, and another flying the following day. On Saturday there were eight of them, three swimming and five perched!
The sun was warm by this point in my walk, and I'm sure the birds were enjoying it as much as I was.