Dateline: Cattaraugus County, western New York
Today has been balmy and windy - ominous weather. They say it's going down to the 20s at the weekend (Americans do Fahrenheit). So it's time to make the most of it. Like trudging up the lane to look at the lake - probably the best view we get from the road all year.
Admiring the early dafodils nestling among last year's fallen leaves
Which I'm leaving there for now - my excuse being I don't want the flowers to get cold.
Meanwhile I did some inspecting of deer damage, a traumatic annual ritual. This was once a rhododendron.
And yesterday I discovered the mountain laurel I'd been nurturing for ten years had gone the same way. The deer have found a way of dismantling the nets.
To cheer myself up, I took a little walk by our mountain stream. The weather was getting wild and woolly and several branches came crashing down.
Somebody's stocking up.