Thursday, August 12, 2010

SIGNS OF AUTUMN IN OUR VALLEY

You all are saying, though it's only August 12, that you are "so done" with the scorching heat of this summer of 2010.
 
While I fully expect you'll be speaking bitterly about the winter cold before the year is out, I thought I'd share an early sign of autumn. It should encourage you; the summer heat won't be here forever, after all.
 
See? These leaves outside our upper-level screened sun porch---(our "Tree House")---are brightening already.
No, that's not the morning sun; it's autumn coloration!
 
A little early, but I think it may be welcome in the mercilessly sizzling days that have preceded and continued into August.
 
(Photo taken at 7 a.m. Aug. 12, 2010 by Rose).

OLD SANDSTONE HOUSE ON BURTON STATION ROAD

(click on photo for closer look)

Rainy day or not, my husband Bob and I always enjoy "a spin in the country."
On this particular day, "country" is Geauga County, Ohio, where we admire well kept farms and fertile fields, and particularly a vintage sandstone house that wears its age quite well.
Notice, too, the partially-hidden sandstone-colored dog who observes us from behind the telephone pole just off the porch. He watches us closely, protective of his owners' home, as we photograph the house from inside our car.
We love the way his color seems to match the house.

BURTON STATION ROAD--GEAUGA COUNTY