A little bit of this and a little bit of that

I don’t know about you, but with shorter days and cooler temperatures, my internal clock is off and I feel like it’s almost autumn. We still have 1/3 of summer left, even though it seems Mother Nature has been trying to convince us otherwise. My garden is not liking this one bit. I’m pleased with what we’ve been able to harvest, but it certainly could have been more if it had been warmer and sunnier later into summer. Most schools around here start next week, and we have an early Labor Day which means an early Mushroom Festival. If you remember from previous years’ columns, we usually go on vacation the second week of September which we are not doing this year. All in all it feels like I am getting cheated out of some of my summer and I guess I am!

It’s not all bad. We have been enjoying the Octoraro Lake in Quarryville and were even fortunate enough to be there on a recent weekend morning when they were having a fishing tournament. No, we didn’t enter it. But it was pretty amazing to see the five fish that each angler brought in — pretty big time stuff for little ole’ Quarryville. My husband now has the trip down to an exact science. From the time he decides he wants to go, to putting the kayak on the car and then in the water. He can do that in under an hour.

This week I’m visiting both the Schuylkill River Trail and the Fairmount Water Works, which I’m excited to see. It’s that very cool (and old-built in 1815) that sits right next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When it first opened, it was our nation’s first major urban water supply system. Today the building hosts a restaurant and an environmental education center. The Environmental Education Center portion is what my 5 year old and I will be visiting and I’ll cover it in future columns.

Here is an interesting event you may want to check out this Labor Day weekend. Can you believe it? I’m talking about Labor Day already!

Sky tour

Sky Tour-Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale).

Enjoy an evening out on the preserve viewing and learning about the skies above with the Chester County Astronomical Society. Refreshments will be provided. $10 TLC members; $15 non-members; $5 for children.

To register: Visit www.tlcforscc.org, education@tlcforscc.org or 610-347-0347 x 104.

We might see you there. I’ve wanted to do this every time I publish a similar event. I think my kids might actually be able to stay up this late without protesting.

In case you missed it: Last week I published a lot of information about the upcoming informational meeting about Baden-Powell Service Association that is coming to southern Chester County. If you are interested, get all the details in last week’s column.

Have a great week and weekend!

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.