A devil's paintbrush come very late to the party. I've been awfully busy with carpentry since returning from Halifax, replacing windows, doors and rotten sills. My back has been in bad shape but hasn't prevented me from working—if I'm careful. Still no frost in Vermont. By this time last year we'd had three or four killing frosts. after rainfall—her toes among bobbing crab- apples 75 September 2oth The rains have been warm. The crab apples took to floating in the puddles after a good and drenching shower. leaping from the paper, a cricket's exclamation point! 76 September 23rd The best September days have only just now shown up. The breezes are cool and the sun is warm, but not hot. The humidity has gone out of the air. The hillsides are still green but the sap is going out of the leaves. They rattle and fall with each gust. doors and windows closed before nightfall— autumn 77 September 27th ~ Bottlecap A freshly baked loaf of bread for the evening's meal.