Fall has arrived at the Cove. Temperatures are still in the upper 80°s but the humidity is definitely much lower. After a very dry summer, September, and the first week of October, brought over a foot and a half of rain! The lake is now only 18″ below the high water mark of two years ago.
With the lower temps and lower humidity, it’s time to get in the garden and build the beds up. The garden struggled from the hot dry summer, however, the Datil Peppers produced well and are still producing. I’ve been bottling several bottles of my Jerk Sauce and also doing a lot more grilling! With the deer fly long gone and the love bugs on their way out, October through March is ideal grilling season and we plan on taking advantage of that. Of note are the Tawny Crazy Ants…never seen here before but now they are EVERYWHERE! They are considered a once in 10-year phenomenon and will not end until cold weather.
We are still housebound most of the time due to the COVID 19 virus as well as being caregivers to a mom who is well, but weeks shy of 100 and having already broken her hip this year we can no longer leave her alone. We do get out once a week with a caregiver coming in, but are doing well and spending more time down at St. Somewhere.