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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Almost Fall - Full Moons, Blazing Sunrises & Spiced Cider

In just one week it will be the official start of fall. However, here in Kentucky we've been getting some promises of cooler weather already like this morning's starting temp of around 51 degrees. So, never mind those days earlier in the week when it was just plain hot and summery. I think it's time to do some fall things:

Like trying to get a good photo of the brilliant harvest moon--which is no easy feat for a novice photographer. This is a best effort, using my Canon SX130 IS set in "low light" mode:

Then this morning at 7:15 a.m. the sky was a blazing red for about 10 minutes. Just time to grab the camera, set it on "super vivid" and get this shot of the sun coming up behind the trees. What's the old saying--"Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning." Hope that means we'll have rain before long--good reading weather.

Finally, yesterday I was in our local Paul's Fruit Market and spotted the first apple cider from Huber's Orchard & Winery. That, along with the cool temps this morning, called for making spiced apple cider. It's easy. Just simmer 1/2 gal. of cider with the juice and peel of a lemon and orange, 2 sticks cinnamon, 1 T whole cloves about 30 minutes--or until the house smells delicious. Enjoy hot with your favorite book or movie.
Keep your camera handy and be on the lookout for signs of fall. It's just around the corner.


Sayre said...

That sounds wonderful... I love cider weather!

Good job on teh moon shot. Z and I tried and tried to shoot the moon and just got blurry spots in black, no matter what settings we tried.

Jan n Jer said...

Wow I love those shots Faye...I think taking a shot through trees really adds to the photo. The hot spiced cider sounds delish...I will have to write down the recipe.
Our temps are chilly here too...Jer n I are going to break in our new chiminea tonite..do I hear a blog post!!! LOL

Jan n Jer said...

Faye here is a link for a free PS work session by Kim Klassen...she explains things in a simple easy
way. Plus sign up for her free textures too!

Faye said...

janis-thanks! I had seen several references to Kim Klassen's tutorials but didn't know how to get there. Playtime!

Unknown said...

Love the view of the trees! Apple cider...yum!

Living Life said...

You know it Faye! I am surely ready for Fall! I love this time of year and ready for a change in scenery! I love taking my camera with me when I go for walks in the woods.

Jan n Jer said...

Hi Faye...I left you an award over on my blog...hope you will come over and grab it! :)

ari_1965 said...

Very nice harvest moon photo. Well done.