|Lady Willow & Labyrinth at Center Stage|
First things first... Mother Nature clearly made up for last year's rained-out autumn display in Chateau de Joie's back yard.
|Wide view with glorious sunset|
Second thing that had not happened last year due to excessive rain was brush-hog clearing of the back field. (Southwestern view, almost finished)
The machine did most of the work but Joie and Lisa cleared out a section the hog couldn't get to.
Housemate James hosted an Everything Fall evening at Chateau de Joie that included an abundance of comfort food (see previous post), a spooky movie and carving pumpkins. Really great fun for all!
Croquet may not have anything to do with Fall, but Mama Marilyn insisted everyone at Chateau de Joie break in her new yard game before snow made it impossible, so, of course everyone complied.
To give you an idea of how large a regulation-size croquet field is, the red dot is MM setting the posts and wickets.The field covered the entire lower lawn from the labyrinth left. The distance, combined with high grass made for a very long, very slow game for the bunch of amateurs.
|L-R: Brittany, Sam, Lisa, Katherine,Chris, James, Marilyn|
|The mallet was more than a bit short for James|
|Joie doing her best to keep up|
Brittany & Sam (the two with arms raised victoriously) were the only ones who had experience with the game so it was no surprise when their team won by finishing the course first. And thank heavens they did, or the rest of the gang would probably still be playing!
They'll try it again in the spring...after a very low mow and a much smaller layout.
But as of today, we have to bid adieu to all the pretty leaves and start prepping for winter...because, according to the weatherpeople, snow is due this week!