WELCOME SEPTEMBER…. Thoughts of cooler weather in store are just a part of our thoughts as we enter September and say goodbye to high summer in the Western North Carolina Mountains. Fall tends to be the most nostalgic month for most people here, and especially for us here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where we enjoy a temperate rain forest climate and four very distinct seasons. The transition from heat to cooler weather isn’t as abrupt as it can be above the Mason/Dixon Line…but it does begin noticeably in early September. We will enjoy mild weather off and on from now on until the complete fall of the leaves sometime in late October or early November.
This past Labor Day Weekend, a drive around the countryside surrounding Brevard showed mowed fields (most local farmers got in three good mowings this growing season), a brilliant display of roadside flowers – Goldenrod of many species, Black-Eyed Susans, Phlox, Ironweed and Joe Pye Weed, to name a few. Butterflies abound. Young crows with their scruffy necks are big enough to be on or near the roads looking for food, and have to be watched for. Blue Jays and Mourning Doves sometimes come up from the valleys below to feeders at higher altitudes. You might occasionally see a mother bear and cubs foraging around. September is an active month for bears as they fatten up on ripened berries and acorns before cold weather sets in. Most bears in this region may or may not hibernate, according to how quickly freezing cold temperatures arrive.
Ordering a cord or half-cord of wood for the fireplace and stacking it somewhere out of the rain… going through closets and storing summer clothes… getting out the sweaters, jackets and coats…watching the days grow shorter….searching through cookbooks for warm soups & stews, bread & cookies.
Fall is fun, with a tinge of bittersweet.
SOURCE: Comments by Lisa Caulder