But by the time Columbus Day rolls around, it is difficult not to acknowledge that autumn has truly arrived. And what a glorious autumn we have here in the Hudson River Valley, complete with cloudless, brilliant blue skies, riotously colored sugar maples, rows upon rows of pumpkins at roadside stands, and apples for the picking. It's my favorite season of the year.
|It's time to take this summer slipcover off!|
With autumn's arrival comes the changing of Darlington House out of its warm-weather finery and into a wardrobe more suitable for the cooler months ahead. And that almost always takes place over Columbus Day weekend. For that is when we pack up the furniture from our screened porch (where we mostly live during the summer), carry the log baskets up from the cellar and stock them with logs, take down the fireboards, and remove the summer slipcovers from our upholstered furniture.
|The same chair in its winter woolies|
Columbus Day weekend is also when we start bringing our potted plants indoors to overwinter and when the polishing of our brass andirons and fire tools begins. No, we don't do all of this ourselves, as we are fortunate to have help with these projects and chores, thank goodness. Darlington is a veritable beehive of activity this weekend.
Photographs by Boy Fenwick