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An October Fall in Lillooet BC
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Fall in Lillooet - October 3 2017


On Tuesday afternoon my Rosemary and I returned from a three night and two day visit to our older daughter Ale’s home (almost one acre) in Lillooet, British Columbia.

We did two days of heavy gardening but we had littel time left to move plants around. Many of Ale’s plants came from our old and very large Athlone garden in Kerrisdale. I thought that Gallica roses and rugosas would do well in the extreme heat and cold of Lillooet and that was the case. They are happy campers except for the fact that Ale has visiting bears and deer that like roses, too.

The days were cool, windy but the sun was out. They were classic fall days.

Rosemary & Ale with Lloyd McNary

If we manage to buy some snow tires we might return before spring. We have no room in our small house to store summer tires but I might find a place (where I would buy my winter tires) to store them for us.

The temperature in Lillooet was around 20. By the time we drove back by Seton Lake the temperature went down to 3 Celsius. We will have a few more good fall days I am sure. To celebrate them, you will find here flowers from Ale’s garden. There are some zinnias, her extraordinary sunflowers (on the wane) and one Rosa rugosa from a bush that was blooming very nicely.

Ale included some onions in the mix. They look like shallots. She also put in a couple of nasturtiums. I have never told her that I get an itch in the nose when I approach them. And yet I love that first cousin of the nasrutiums, watercress.  





October
By Robert Frost
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.






     

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1/1/17 - 1/8/17

1/8/17 - 1/15/17

1/15/17 - 1/22/17

1/22/17 - 1/29/17

1/29/17 - 2/5/17

2/5/17 - 2/12/17

2/12/17 - 2/19/17

2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17

3/12/17 - 3/19/17

3/19/17 - 3/26/17

3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17

6/25/17 - 7/2/17

7/2/17 - 7/9/17

7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17

7/23/17 - 7/30/17

7/30/17 - 8/6/17

8/6/17 - 8/13/17

8/13/17 - 8/20/17

8/20/17 - 8/27/17

8/27/17 - 9/3/17

9/3/17 - 9/10/17

9/10/17 - 9/17/17

9/17/17 - 9/24/17

9/24/17 - 10/1/17

10/1/17 - 10/8/17

10/8/17 - 10/15/17

10/15/17 - 10/22/17

10/22/17 - 10/29/17

10/29/17 - 11/5/17

11/5/17 - 11/12/17

11/12/17 - 11/19/17

11/19/17 - 11/26/17

11/26/17 - 12/3/17

12/3/17 - 12/10/17

12/10/17 - 12/17/17