We got some pumpkins at the market today, and did a little front-porch decorating. The afternoon shadows are long, the season is turning. The aspen and birch trees haven't changed color yet -- last year they were brilliant gold by mid-October. You can see Tony's wonderful brick walkway in the second photo -- it kept him busy half the summer!
And just when we thought we'd completed the outdoor work for this year, it appears that we need a new roof :( This is the original one, twenty-five years old, and we had some leaks in the dining room during our last rain. We'd hoped it would hang in there for another year or so, but two roofers have been out to inspect and give estimates, and it really needs to be replaced. Patching seems like a bandaid at this point. With the severe winters we have here, it's probably better to be safe than sorry. And with a 30-year guarantee on a new roof, we won't have to worry about it again in our lifetime!!