Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sometime after Labor Day...

We had taken the following pictures during the last weeks of September and early October over the last decade.

“The year actually begins sometime after Labor Day when the summer people have left and the kids are back in school. It is then the New England community pulls itself together for a new year. Town organizations become active again, the church makes plans for various regular activities, cultural events such as the Boston Symphony commence – in short, year-round life in New England begins in the early fall. And ends in June. July and August are more or less a pleasant never-never land.” 

- Judson Hale, Inside New England


Mayes Hall said...

If there was no New England, Autumn would be pointless.

Andrea M. said...

This is how I feel about all summers, in every time and place. They're just a time for passing fancy. The real year is autumn, winter, and spring. I thought this was obvious to everyone? :)

Anonymous said...

It does my heart good to hear this sentiment expressed. I have secretly thought of myself as a curmudgeon for feeling this way. Living down the road from Newport, we relish the day when the tourists clear out and we once again have the run of the town. Autumn is the best season in New England. The scenery, the food, the clothing and the activities are all at their best.

mary anne said...

Wow. Just lovely. Thank you!

Max said...

Great to see a recent photo of Mr. Poland :-) Thank you.

I tried to find the post about him from earlier this year in the TDP Archives, but I was not able to.... however I was able to find the video, narrated by him, on Lobstering in Maine. One of my favorites :-)


''Lobstering in Maine''

Video Link:

'' Uploaded on Oct 6, 2011

Here's a brief conversation with Buddy Poland, a lobsterman in Round Pond, Maine. Lobstering is one of the main occupations in this New England state. This slideshow is produced by Hillary Hoffman and Anne-Marie Singh for 'Free Radicals- On the Water'. September 2011''

Bitsy said...

Another lovely Maine Coon cat! I believe we've seen him lounging in front of a store before.

It is the beauty of autumn that brings solace for the loss of summer. There is a shift in the light, less bright now, that helps ease us into winter. These photos capture the essence of that.

Anonymous said...

Love the photo of the horse-drawn harrow and the other photos as well. No grand yachts, no perfectly restored woodies, no estate lawns sweeping down to the sea. This is the real Maine. Of course, I would not object if someone left me a house in Northeast Harbor. Moosewood comes to mind.

Now, combine crisp air with fallen leaves and clear blue skies, add a tablespoon of exhilaration and a pinch of melancholy and you have Autumn in New England. Nothing like it anywhere.

And there’s a fox! Tally-ho. Opps, I shouldn’t open that can of worms again.


Kathie Truitt said...

Oh that Chevy still my heart.

NCJack said...

I guess I'm a tourist when I visit, but it's always at least late September when I go. If I could, I'd follow the Fall from Maine back home to North Carolina. I'd have to say that though NC is beautiful, I do like those rocky shores, and we don't get quite the brilliant reds that your sugar maples provide.

Anonymous said...

Autumn always feels more like the start of a a new year than New Year's Eve/Day does.

Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos.


BlueTrain said...

In many ways, September does seem like the beginning of the new year, I agree. I don't know if life is too short or not but summers seem to be.

Anonymous said...

Wonderfully delicious pictures capturing the season perfectly, as usual! Foxes are so funny, they always look like they are in such a hurry. LOL --Holly in PA

Samantha said...

Great quote. I feel like my own year-round life begins in the early fall. I tend to go sort of dormant in the summer and come awake in late September.

On that note, I'd love to see a post about favourite fall recipes - either yours or your readers'!

Anonymous said...

I think we are all programmed to begin anew in September; I agree with Mr. Hale. Which reminds me that every photo here could be a Yankee Magazine cover...the subtle changes in the angle of the sun, the sounds of a year both beginning and beginning to end. This is a lovely photo essay, Muffy!

gme said...

I think the same feeling holds true even in the Midwest, September is the beginning of so many activities. It could be said that the year begins when school begins. I must say though, your photos and blog have me convinced that I need to be living in New England...... I've been living in the wrong place all my life!

Fifty Chic said...

Autumn is the best season, end of story. Boy those photos make me desperately homesick for the Maritimes. I'm going home for the entire month of October, so sights like this will be most welcome.

Charles Gresham said...

There is no question that you live in a cool place ! I love the late 50's Chevy pickup...oh the memories ...

Paul Connors said...

And here's something else we all seem to overlook. Without New England, there would have been no John Adams, one of the founders of our great republic. There would have been no Joshua Laurence Chamberlain and the men of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry at Little Round Top at Gettysburg in July 1863.

Without Massachusetts in 1861, there would have been no Robert Gould Shaw and and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry that fought so gallantly at Battery Wagner in So. Carolina in 1864.

Without New England there would have been no Bath Iron Works, the yards that provided so many ships for our Navy.

Without New England, there would have been no Electric Boat in CT where our submarines come from.

Without New England, the East Coast would be devoid of most of its best areas for skiing and snow boarding.

Without New England the northeastern United States would be missing some of its most beautiful landscapes and opportunities for painters and photographers to leave us with so many memorable visual images.

Without New England, the US and the world would have missed out on some of the most important inventions of the last 300 years.

Without New England, the nascent USA would have never had its adventurous sea captains who opened and maintained trade routes around the world.

Without New England, there would not have been a Nathaniel Hawthorne and we would never have read about Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter.

Without New England, where would we get our best Lobsters from?

Without New England there would have been no Boston Tea Party or Concord Bridge or Bunker Hill and our eventual break away from the Crown.

New England is a beautiful place and it is also symbolic of so much more than just physical beauty. New England is an idea and not just one, but many and it is that place that called on people from what were then colonies to aspire for freedom.
It is New England that is that great shining city on a hill.

Our real freedoms were born in New England and for almost 250 years, New Englanders have fought and many have died to defend them.

Yes, New England is a beautiful and historic area and it, more than any region in America is the real birthplace of the country we Americans call home.

N from Va said...

Muffy--Don't go anywhere and never stop your blog. You give such joy with your beautiful images (and your postings on decency, loyalty and standards). Thank you. N from VA

Anonymous said...

Beautiful- in my next life- instead of Bergen county NJ...hate it.

Anonymous said...

Thank You, Muffy, for a lovely photo-essay. Am very taken by the picture of the sheep. I reckon he or she must be Chairman of the Board of something somewhere. He or she looks very wise and most distinguished!
~Hearthstone Farm

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. Right after college, I lived and worked on a resort island for a couple of years. Without a doubt, the best time there was the off season, when all the tourists had gone and we had the place to ourselves.

Ever since then, whenever I travel, I always prefer to visit places during non-peak times...ideally just a couple of weeks after the season ends. Most restaurants and other businesses are still open, but the crowds are gone, and the local residents have the time (and inclination) to interact. Of course, the off-off-season has its rewards as well (think Outer Banks in January)...there's a kind of melancholy beauty in the way that tourist destinations hunker down for the winter.


Max said...

Mr. Connors,

I agree with you a 1776%! :-)

New England is the true red, white and blue.

That does not mean that other parts of the country do not have their charm and importance, but Americans can never forget, where the true heart and soul of their country was born and is still located.

Thank you for reminding us of this, and thank you to TDP for protecting and keeping this true and authentic American Spirit alive and well.

I am not a New Englander or an American, and I have no claim to the achievements, cultural and otherwise, of this region and its people, but I also feel very strongly about the importance of New England to the United States of America, and even the entire Globe.

It should be mandatory for all members of Congress to visit New England for at least a week before the start of each of their terms on Capitol Hill, to humble them and help them remember what made and makes America and Americans great, and what an important and sacred honor it is, to protect and represent this great Nation and its citizens.