|unamed lane near Beaver Creek, Monaghan Township, York County PA|
The fall color is coming along nicely at Roundtop, though unfortunately I have yet to see it at its best. Since Sunday, the days have been foggy, raining or gray, diluting the color of the leaves. It’s not the interesting or bright kind of fog either. It’s the dull, gray and dark kind of fog. We’ve all seen at least a few photos of a gorgeous fall tree shrouded in a lovely fog.My gray and foggy days are not like those. Mine are the kind where the chickens go to roost at 4:30 because they think it’s getting dark. It’s the kind where I hear the first great horned owl at 5 p.m., and it’s the kind that washes out the color on the trees. So, you (and I) will have to wait for sunny weather or at least that bright kind of fog to see any intense fall colors. Maybe tomorrow. Or the next day. I only hope the leaves don’t fall before that happens.
I have thus far been able to avoid turning on the heat or my fireplace. However, my goal of making it to November 1 without doing so appears to be in doubt. It’s one thing to ignore cool weather for a day or so, but I will shortly be heading into a spate of days with temperatures near freezing at night and days bumbling around the mid-50’s. I might not make it past the second or third day of that without giving in.