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.