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Living life on the Cape definitely has it's ups or advantages, then again it can also have its down and disadvantages. Home repairs and upgrades and new appliances. As I previously noted, I am the second owner of a house built in '71, it's a nice ranch with a wicked 10' ceiling walk out basement. But there is much about it that is still 1971, the kitchen, the bathroom, the two layers of shingles, the gutters, and some of the furniture which came with the place. Well I found out something else this past weekend.
As the colder weather starts to move in on us the more my mind drifts back to those warm summer days of by gone years. Where flip flops and bathing suits are the common attire for a beautiful sun filled afternoon. The only thing that one really needed to worry about with the weather was if I was going to use the 30 SPF or the 45 SPF, and did I want to go down in the heat of the day or break it up.
Well the time has changed and sunset will continue to go backwards until sometime along the first week of December where it will bottom out at 4:11pm. Oh to bask and slumber in the summer rays of sunshine, where temperature lows are greater than our daily highs. The beaches waft with the fragrance of suntan lotion and the sounds of little kids playing at the waters edge. Today, you might see a few seasoned hardy salty souls on a good day with their labradors and retrievers frolicking about.
It's the last week of October and we have now seen temps in the 70s, sun, and rain, and still to come a drop in temps, clouds and a fleeting chance of the white stuff by the first of November. On Tuesday we were back at Truro Vineyard in bright sunshine, picking Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes while getting a little more sun than one would think at this time of year. Now with changes in the air coming or the change in time back to eastern standard time this weekend I don't think extra sun will be a problem.
This past week was a wonderful week, on Tuesday after receiving the email we were privileged again to go and help with the Chardonnay harvest at Truro Winery. This year we seemed to have a larger group than last year and although the morning started out with a few clouds that was perfect not to get the day over heated, while clearing out to clear blue skies by the time we were wrapping up around noon.
One of the things I have grown to love it my outdoor shower. This is unique to the New England area or to the coastal areas up and down the east coast. You move much to the interior of the country and they you say you shower outside and they look at you like you are from another planet. But when it comes down to it, they don't know what they are missing. There are a few different styles of showers that are common here on the Cape. First is the total open concept, no walls, no door, just a shower head, may be hot and cold, may just be cold.
The days are getting shorter, it's a full blood moon this week and a lunar eclipse, the leaves in some parts of New England have already peaked their peeping season and we on the Cape are still looking for ours to begin. Most of the bogs have been harvested, but a few have been left to stand a while longer. The pond that have had their waters used to flood the bogs are now lined with cranberry remnants as the water returned to the ponds get the missed leftovers and are now yummy treats for small woodland critters and flow with any kind of feathers.
With the weather so nice, this past weekend I went on a few mini hikes at a few of our conservation paths and along one of the town beaches. First stop was the Swan Pond Conservation paths in DennisPort off Center Street. This Path system is not overly long but has some really nice view out over Swan Pond. The paths wind around and are relatively clear. There are two paths that do go down to the waters edge but they are pretty steep and if wet could be really slippery. There are a couple of benches you can just sit and relax on taking in the wonderful scenery.
Well, the seasons by the calendar have officially changed and we are full into autumn. Weather still has not made up it's mind and I am waiting for the leaves to change. It's times like this that I really wish I had a couple of kayaks to take out on some of the ponds and lakes and go leaf peeping. But will just have to find another way to enjoy looking for the changing leaves like on nice nature walk through some of our conservation areas. We have so many within 7 miles of my home that I can not even begin to hit them all.
Already the sun is setting much earlier than it was Labor Day, the air is substantially cooler and I don't think I have mowed the lawn since the last week of August. Great on my electric bill since I have a plug in mower, I don't mow and I don't have to worry about the electric bill. Still looking for a way to afford the Scallop Festival but just don't think it's going to work again this year, really bits cause the weather looks like it is going to be outstanding. Besides saving my pennies for the Oyster Festival in October.