Yesterday afternoon I took a walk in my old Belmont neighborhood, the neighborhood I lived in the first year I first moved here to the old apartment with its fabulous porch. I still miss that beautiful neighborhood (and the porch) although my current apartment is more serene and well-maintained by my landlords. It's only a mile and a half from the old neighborhood, alas all uphill so I don't make it over there on my walks very often. I had to run some errands, so I parked nearby and strolled the leafy streets for awhile, camera in hand, hunting more porch pumpkins.
I remember when K and I looked at the apartment we ended up renting, our landlord told us about the "reservoir" park down the street from our apartment, and we expected a broad expanse of water only to find the park to be a huge mound with an underground water supply for the nearby city of Cambridge. It still turned out to be a nice place to walk, and I went there yesterday, finding a few people walking dogs or strolling with their ear-buds on around the track-like path that circles the reservoir. The oak trees (on Oak St) were just about at peak color.
We've reportedly had a bumper crop of pumpkins in the state this year, with perfect growing weather. Besides pumpkins on nearly every porch (my upstairs neighbors put a whole seasonal display on our front porch, with large pumpkin, mums, reeds...), there is pumpkin-themed food on every menu around. Pumpkin raviolis. Pumpkin risotto. Pumpkin muffins, bread, cheesecake, etc. And of course pumkin ale. I find most pumpkin ales too overfilled with spices such that you can't taste the beer, so I was happy to find a local craft brew, Great Pumpkin Ale, from the Cambridge Bewing Co. that's just right. Subtle pumpkin flavor from local, organic sugar pumpkins and just a trace of spices. D and I enjoyed a large bottle of the ale recently and yesterday I bought a couple more at a specialty store in the old neighborhood. Looking forward to enjoying some this weekend.
Meanwhile, just drinking in the porch pumpkins...