Yesterday was the first day that the breeze felt a little cooler and the sun seemed a little bit lower in the sky. The winter squashes have started forming on the vines. Fall isn't quite here but now I feel like it's on its way. Last week we went down to North Carolina to enjoy some time at the beach and then up to the Chesapeake Bay. I'll have to post pictures later. Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to take a picture of Loki's first meeting with a crab, but her checking out fish is also entertaining.
That was the last trip of the summer and now I'm settling in to a weekend of canning. We have lots of tomatoes and peppers to be turned into salsa and sauce and the farmer's market has cucumbers on sale that are just begging to be pickles. Sadly, one of our tomatillos is just about dead so, without a partner to cross-pollinate with, its healthy companion plant may be putting out all those flowers for nothing. I'm already planning improvements for next year.
In the meantime, Chris and I are busy planning our trip to Japan. I'm trying to learn Japanese and just finished a book on kanji. I'm hoping that the more I can learn now the more I'll get out of the trip. I'm also planning to read the Tale of Genji, which is considered by many to be the first modern novel and depicts life during the Heian period.