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Early autumn lunch with Barb and the wisdom of Dove chocolates

??????????By Lynn R. Mitchell

As we enjoyed the warm autumn afternoon, my friend Barb and I caught up on all the goings-on in the area as well as life in general. We were at an outdoor table at McAlister’s Deli in Waynesboro, soaking in the warm breeze and relishing the second day of October over iced tea — sweet for her, unsweetened for me — and sandwiches.  It was a long, leisurely, much-needed catching-up, a respite in the middle of busy days and, for her, moving to Fishersville from north of Waynesboro.  I like the new abode because it’s closer to our circle of friends, not that distance has ever kept us apart.

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October color and back roads in Virginia’s Highland County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Leaving Augusta County at 7:30 Sunday morning, we headed to Highland County a short 20-30 minutes west to see how much autumn had advanced in the five days since we were last there. Rain and high winds over the weekend had blown leaves that were at peak on Tuesday off the trees so we were anxious to see how far east the color change could be found. We drove to the western border of Highland on the West Virginia line where color had been at peak on Tuesday and found some trees were bare and others were nearly so. As we checked out various back roads, the brightest leaf color seemed to be higher elevations closer to Monterey. We were not disappointed at the continuous display of trees showing off their vivid palate of autumn red, gold, burgandy, yellow, and orange, reminiscent of New England with sugar maples in all their fall glory.

??????????Sheep sheep sheep. They are one of the mainstays in this part of western Virginia. For more photos taken last week of Highland County autumn colors, see Finding autumn in Highland County, Full color in western Highland County, and Evelyn’s pantry is hometown deli on Monterey’s main street.

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Evelyn’s Pantry is hometown deli on Monterey’s main street

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Autumn was on full display on the patio of Evelyn’s Pantry on Monterey’s main street the last day of September 2014. The warm days of fall are an invitation to visitors and locals to take their lunch outside and enjoy the beauty of Virginia’s “Little Switzerland” that looks more like New England at this time of year. On a cold day, a bowl of owner Donna Hooke’s homemade hot vegetable soup hits the spot sitting at a table in front of the stone fireplace. On a warm day, a deli sandwich and a scoop of frozen yogurt or ice cream is in order. Evelyn’s is our go-to eatery in Monterey year-round so we’ve seen it in all seasons and even when trudging through snow to get to the door … nothing fancy … just an informal gathering place. (See also Finding autumn in Highland County, Va, more than four dozen photos of vivid fall colors 2014).

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