There was just a skiff of snow on the highest elevations around us again this morning but I'm sure it's gone by now. Last night it got down to about 37 degrees - fall is in the air and winter can't be far behind! Although it's been raining the last couple of days, today is brilliantly sunny and the temperature looks like it's going to peak out at about 56 degrees.
It changed from summer to fall very quickly here. All of a sudden the air was cooler and the leaves all turned in about a week's time.
But there is always the bit of beautiful countryside to see and the occasional flock of Sandhill Cranes or Canada Geese gathering themselves together in preparation for traveling south. And we still see the occasional Trumpeter Swan, looking regal as it glides among the reeds and other lesser
The decision was made to close the mission office on Labor Day (so that the senior missionaries could 'rest from their labors') so we took the afternoon and went to last day of the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. It was very nice with the usual displays of produce, livestock and crafts, along with a rodeo, heavy equipment contests, native dancing and a medieval Jousting Tournament. Of course, there were the obligatory carnival rides, food vendors and myriad other opportunities to buy what you don't need and won't ever use. Generally an enjoyable way to waste away an afternoon. The weather was cooperative and we had a good time. We forgot to take the good camera, so here are a few of the snapshots we took with our cellphones.
|A "wall" of Sweet Peas around one of the garden areas just inside the main gate.|
|In the center hub of the various pathways through the fairgrounds they had this large round garden area. It was built entirely of vegetables and herbs and represented three gardeners working in their garden.|
|Check out the "flannel shirt" on this guy.|
|It is said that you can sit in the cabbage fields and actually hear the cabbage grow. You can hear the leaves squeak against each other as they grow. See that one in the middle? A closeup is below.|
|106 pounds!!! This beastie weighs more than several of my grandkids!|
|This beet was grown by a 4H student. Pretty good, huh?|
|In the crafts exhibit hall they had some nice woodwork, These are for all the woodworkers in the family.|
|A quilted ceremonial robe.|
|And the usual amount of silliness - these are knitted hair/beards/etc., of the dwarves from The Hobbit.|
|We didn't take many photos of the chickens, rabbits, sheep, cows, llamas, etc., but I couldn't resist this monster tom turkey. I don't think I ever seen one quite like him. And check out all those ribbons.|
|We enjoyed watching a bit of the native dancing performance. These ladies were really enjoying themselves and would make faces at the kids in the audience and break out laughing between numbers, etc. It was fun to watch.|
A happy note to end on for this week. Love to all!
Elder & Sister Taylor