Well, it’s the last day of our time here at Round Top Antiques Market and we must say goodbye to the beautiful Texas sunsets and the star filled night skies. It has been a hot, hot show and this Texas heat is really baking us to a crispy, crunchy finish. As we say so long for another season to all the wonderful people we share space with in the Campbell Building, we do so with grateful hearts and appreciation for a wonderful show. Before we can think of hitting the road, first and foremost tonight we pack. Tonight we say good bye and with that goodbye, we declare another market a success.
While we were busy selling at this market, our seasons changed and it is officially fall here in Texas as well as throughout the United States. With grave differences, fall in Texas is nothing like what we have in the Chicago area.
At home my favorite season, autumn is always a time of plump orange pumpkins decorating porches, bobbing for apples, brightly colored falling leaves, dry corn stalks tied to fence posts, golden sheaves of wheat, delicious apple crisp and pumpkin spice anything. Beautiful fall sweaters beckon shoppers into boutiques to dress for fall. Out of storage come the sweaters to stylishly layer with warm boots and cozy woolens. Best of all, the weather is cool enough to wear these fall-ish clothing items every day. We love the flavors of fall like pumpkin cheesecake muffins, apple crisp and apple pie, hot apple cider with cinnamon and a touch of brandy. We bundle up and enjoy a hayride on a perfectly crisp fall evening followed by a bonfire with s’mores. The sights and sounds of fall come together with crunching leaves swirling in the gentle breezes as you walk through a landscape of beautifully colored foliage.
By contrast, autumn in Texas has the ability to fool you into thinking summer never ended; sweltering temperatures, occasional cloud bursts, humidity that feels like more than 100%, steamy hot air with no end in sight; hotter – much hotter than our summers in the Midwest. A customer that lives in the area near Round Top said, “autumn in Texas is when a cool front comes in one afternoon from 2 to 4pm, then that’s over and we’re back to hot.” I was laughing so hard I couldn’t ask about winter in Texas.
Yes, it’s early autumn. I get it, there is so much more time in the year to cool off but for the love of God, could we catch a break? For the past three weeks the south Texas weather has been in the upper 80’s to mid 90’s Fahrenheit with intermittent cloud bursts that last only a short time but not long enough to cool anything, just make it more humid; if possible 200+% humidity. In this heat just sitting typing is tiring. This heat makes me almost happy this is our last day.
This lady’s t-shirt helps explain fall in Texas. It made me smile: