Friday, August 20, 2010

Storms of Life


Such a dramatic title for a blog post. But the photos are of storm clouds moving closer to the island on which we camped last week. It was awesome but it was scary.


Things are building up here - you can feel the excitement in the air! Our little stores are swirling into a frenzy of anticipation! This time next week we will be on day two of the County Fair! And it is not just a county fair - it is the Grange Fair - an encampment fair. People tenting at the fair as they have done for over 150 years! These tents have been passed down from generation to generation and are willed to family members. Folks will start moving in on Tuesday and will stay in their little temporary community for over a week.
From cow shows, to horse dress-ups, to checking out how we did in our exhibits (I'll be entering bread and photos, my kids will be entering various artwork), to eating all of our favorite meals - we will have a blast. We will end the fair with a great deal of happy exhaustion, a trip for back-to-school shopping, the first college football game of the season, and a resigned readiness to get back to school.
Grange Fair marks the start of cooler weather, soccer, football, and sweatshirts. It is when we begin stacking firewood that we should have started on months ago. It is when we realize that we don'thave all the time in the world and the summer that we thought would last forever, is gone.