This is what our lanai looked like the other day, after one of our fall winds. Nature it seems was giving us a hint that it was time to move all of the summertime lawn furniture out and store it in the barn, and to convert this space back to its other use, as a carport.
During the warm season, the lanai is a wonderful place to sit outside. All the naked trees you see in the photo become a green wall of leaves and from our chairs we could look down, over the fruit trees, the pond, and across to the mountains on the other side of the valley. Joan, the animals and I, would sit watching the birds busy at the feeder, and the squirrels scampering over to get their share of the sunflowers, as we sipped our lemonade.
But as Shakespeare said in one of his sonnets, “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date” and now it seems that date has arrived, and this space, full of pleasurable summer memories, becomes a place where I park my pickup truck. It’s all too sad.
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