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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August

August is perhaps my favourite month. It's the culmination of everything I love about summer, with the bitter sweet chill scent of autumn's approach. The flowers are now at their peak as the warm days were slow to come this year. The fruit has reached perfection, the melons are in abundance -- our plums ripened for August this year and not mid-July.

Here in the Lot the tourist season has reached it's peak, but many are still here ready to leave en masse to head refreshed and brown back to their jobs, their schools -- normal life. In the evening the sweaters come out and one thinks how nice it would be to have a fire in the fireplace. The last two nights I snuggled down into my duvet -- but still left the windows wide open...

In New England we had a maple tree that would have  begun to turn the scarlet that used to so abundantly cover the mountainsides of Appalachia. And the sky would be a shade of blue crystal clear and beautiful. By the end of Labour Day weekend we'd be putting summer away and getting ready to go 'back to school'! It was amazing how the weather and the school calendar coincided. At least in New England!

Here it will be beautiful probably into October. The tourists will mostly have gone home. Rare will be the restaurant serving an evening meal on Sunday! Visitors will be retired or have pre-school children. The terrace at our house will be in the shade most of the day and most evenings will be too cool to eat outside. 

But August is still summer and all that is to come -- after we leave on September 1st. Tomorrow is Wednesday and we begin to pack up the house again till next summer -- when, God willing, we will make another long trek and have another summer of sunshine and friends.

19 comments:

  1. And the air smells of FOOTBALL!!

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    1. Ahh! The fragrance of testosterone!

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  2. Fall is my favorite season. I love the brilliant colors of dying foliage and the crisp scent of wood fires.

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    1. I love all those things too. And living in the UK I really miss the brilliant New England foliage!

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  3. I've had to eliminate August as a month; the children have been back in school for a week, and they began band practicing last month. I do hope to retire when this lot finish school, in a decade or so.

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    1. My goodness -- there is no end to it -- it would seem! Best wishes for a stress free school year!

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  4. Oh, it sounds just wonderful! We have also begun the journey into fall, as I've seen leaves changing color already, and the whiff of autumn as the days shorten. :-)

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    1. By the time I've got around to replying to your comment, the winds are blowing a gale and Autumn has arrived!

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  5. Somehow I didn't realise that you only use the house in summer. It must be quite a drain on the finances to do it that way. It does sound wonderful though! wow, imagine having your own personal bolthole ...

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    1. It is much more of a financial commitment than simply 'buying' a vacation home -- easy to forget the yearly taxes and upkeep -- not to mention utility bills! We love it, but it does mean no other holiday destinations are in the offing...

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  6. It's a lovely time of the year and the summer has been glorious this year. Our fruit tree are absolutely loaded this year. I've never seen so many red currants. The birds usually strip them as soon as they ripen, but they're too many for them to manage so I've made lots of jam.

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    1. We had pounds and pounds of plums. The Man is the jam maker -- much to my amazement -- and as usual this year's batch is absolutely yummy.

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  7. We're still in summer mode all through September when the rains begin to appear, and then withing weeks, the winds too, requiring that we clear the decks, bring all furniture in, and begin hankering down for six months of stormy weather. Mid January/Febr. we'll be tired of the rains and in need of some sunshine and warmth. It's then when we fly down to Southern California to visit children and relatives for a few weeks of complaining that it is too hot and too dry.

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    1. I remember when we lived for a year in Olympia how dreary the winter there was -- and I never did get used to all the moss growing on the trees -- and there were a lot of trees! I must admit, the spring and summer made up for it!

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  8. We have spent most of the summer here in Caunes, but spent the first 3 weeks of August back in the UK. We have just returned to Caunes and are noticing the slightly cooler weather, the changes in the garden, as it clearly knows autumn is just around the corner, and the fading away of the tourists. I am going to enjoy the next couple of months, seeing a southern French fall, for the first time. These first couple of weeks will hopefully give us enough warmth to carry on with daily swimming as well as the cooler mornings and evenings to "do" all the jobs that seem to need to be done. Wishing you a safe trip home Jx

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    1. We had a very safe -- albeit LONG -- trip home! If Sam hadn't needed to be back for school, we would still probably be in France until October. It's rather nice when the horde of tourists start to disappear -- but soon one rather misses the summer bustle of the place and by the time we come back we are quite ready for England again!

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  9. Safe journey home, Broad, and I hope the sun sines to welcome you back to the UK. We got back a week ago and it still felt like summer, but in just a week the first hints of autumn have appeared. We left our trees laden with apples not ripe enough to pick and bring back with us because of the late spring. Sigh...

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    1. I've been thinking of you, Perpetua! Best wishes for your surgery tomorrow! XO

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    2. Not tomorrow now, Broad, but a week tomorrow. :-)

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