The cottage (trailer, lakehouse, summerhouse etc...) dubbed affectionately by me as the Fortress of Moderate Solitude, is primarily a weekend retreat for us. We arrive Thursday evening and I'll work from here on Friday. This way, we beat a lot of the summer traffic of others heading to their wilderness refuges. While the weekends are never long enough, being here is a blessing in many ways.
One of the side benefits of coming up on the weekends is that we also get "snapshots" of the seasons. Each weekend is often noticeably different from the previous one. In the spring we see almost a timelapse of foliage coming out and farm fields being readied for planting. In the summer we see the crops of corn, soy, hay, rye and wheat grow from fragile sprouts to cover vast fields of farmland.
And the autumn.... well.
The ever-changing kaleidoscope of color is a sight to behold, morphing from green to yellow, gold, orange and red. It can be a whirlwind of visual stimulation.