Autumn yardThe sun rose at 7:21 this morning, and will set at 8:08 in the evening for 12 hours 46 minutes and 42 seconds of daylight. The equinox is approaching fast – next Saturday, to be exact. Because sunrise and sunset are defined by the upper edge of the sun, not the center, being on the horizon, it’ll be a couple more days – a week from today, in fact –before the day is really 12 hours long. Meanwhile the trees are getting yellower, the dead leaves are almost hiding the grass, and the squash and beans have had it – frost just about every night last week. The sun’s now 27° above the horizon at noon.

The forecast looks warmer, with lows mostly around 40. The cold I brought back from the Anchorage conference is almost gone, so I’ll try to get the beets harvested next week. Theoretically, I should cut the perennials back to about 6” and get ready to have leaves blown into the flower beds. Not to mention clearing the raised beds. Maybe. If I have time. If the weather cooperates. If the wind dies down! We don’t normally have much wind, but it’s a good thing I had the plastic covers clipped to the hoops, or they’d be in the trees!

Sunday our local paper, the Fairbanks News-Miner, reviewed my second book, Tourist Trap. I met Libbie Martin in Anchorage last week, and she told me the review was coming out, but this was the first time I’d seen it. Have a look at the News-Miner, and see what she said about the book.

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