It was so amazing to see family and friends in one final party before departing. After fussing for days on the flowers, setting up lighting, and preparing various areas in the yard for groups to congregate, the weather refused to cooperate. Bright sunshine in the morning and early afternoon quickly turned to a gusting wind. It felt like someone threw the “autumn switch” and the temperature dropped a good 20 degrees. Bizarre. We refused to let it kill the party and just moved everyone inside — a little cramped, but boisterous nonetheless. We ended up with over 100 people coming through. We never ran low on food or wine and everyone seemed to have a good time. The die-hards hung in to around 12:30 leaving me and Ellen to reflect on our good fortune at having such an amazing group of people in our lives. Thanks to all who braved the wind!