Pumpkins and fish. Not exactly the settings that I would hope for, but the end of October is for pumpkin pie and Jack o' Lanterns and end-of-the-season fishing trips to the high country. these are what I'm going to be settling for this year, at least.
This year has passed with fits and starts of snow, rain, heat and cold, with duration and sequence having very little to do with any tradition or previous year's order- but that is what I anticipate how things will go for a while.
The fall has been long and warm after a fairly hot summer that started late. It's been nice to live outside for a month extra with the mild temperatures and persistent leaves, but things are changing finally. I don't know if the status quo will keep on, but this is the kind of October that one dreams about.
We are spending more time on the mountain than we've been able to all summer. One thing we look forward to in Autumn is the freezing of the garden, which makes it so we can't do anything else to keep the poor thing limping along any longer.
Lots to do in the kitchen and on the porch, but no more weeding, watering, and 'coon trapping on anything that resembles a schedule!
Hence, the blessed hikes and walkies.