Cooler nights mean that before too long we will be seeing the maple trees turning color and the tourists will be seen on all the back country roads in our small town and throughout Vermont. School has started this week for most, the school bus goes by my house full of kids excited to get back home after a long day at school around three o'clock. I hear them playing outside not ten minutes after the bus arrives in the neighborhood which is such a pleasant sound. I live in a rural neighborhood where the houses are about a quarter of a mile apart from each other, some are clustered a little closer but since we are in a valley, the sounds echo throughout the area. We can hear the baseball games in the village that is about a mile away. The fair starts tonight so we will be hearing fireworks coming from the town of Essex which is about 12 miles away, I tell you we feel like we are in fish bowl, the sounds around us seem to settle in our yard. My most pleasant of all night sounds from distant towns is the night train which runs the length of the western part of the state from south to north. It is a lonely almost sad sound to hear the distant rumbling of the tracks and a few short whistles. I hope you all are enjoying the changing of the seasons as much as I am.