Something in the air…


Standing in the garden, early this beautiful morning, there’s no question but that there’s change in the air. We’re enjoying an August the like of which I can’t remember for a good ten years. This is true, sulky, summer holiday August, but it’s the eighth month of the year and the cool, bony fingers of summer’s end reach out to touch you if you venture out early. It’s like a love affair that has run its course. All the longing and anticipation has  gone, yet the passion that remains must be greedily devoured before all that is left are the orts  and the lees.

I relish the anxious desire of this time of year. The ripeness that leaves juice trickling down our chin. The desperation to find the joy and to prolong the moment. It’s holiday time and I’m ready.


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18 Responses to Something in the air…

  1. Eha says:

    . . . but the days grow short
    when you reach September
    and the autumn weather turns leaves to grey . . .

    come to think of it . . . do any of us have time ‘for the waiting game’ . . ?

    • Eha says:

      Oh, Roger’s words ‘the cool, bony fingers of summer’s end’ brought these youthtime favourite words to mind . . . they come from ‘September Song’ . . . which Old Blue Eyes sang particularly well . . . he sings ‘flame’ not ‘grey’ . . .

  2. Enjoy your holiday Roger 🙂

  3. Mad Dog says:

    I’m in Barcelona with the fan on full – it’s hot enough here to make me believe it’s still June 😉

  4. Enjoy your holiday! It’s on the cooler side for August here. It’s only 21C at high noon. I’m taking full advantage of it by opening the windows and having some airflow through Stonefield. I wish I could have this type of day more often.

  5. I hope your holiday is grand, Roger, for both you and Jenny.

    We are having a rainy August, but temperatures have been cooler than normal. Your words express the end of summer so eloquently: how we want to keep bits of it, to prolong it a day or several.

  6. I realized how quickly this summer passed. But, I attribute that to my being on vacation for most of it. I’m ready for autumn!

  7. What lovely summer poetry! It is still a great summer here in Southern California, going swimming in the ocean most of the times.

  8. May your supply of ripe juicy peaches never end and may there always be a napkin nearby. Have fun!

  9. cecilia says:

    Lovely, the changes in the air have not reached here yet, or if they are i am studiously ignoring them. I know you will enjoy your holiday.. you are good at enjoying small fine things. It is a gift. c

  10. Karen says:

    It is the same here in Maine. Shorts and tees have been replace by jeans and long sleeves in the early morning hours. How quickly summer passes by…wish winter passed by as quickly.

  11. ChgoJohn says:

    Our temperatures are on the rise but it’s little more than Summer’s last hurrah. Time to savor the peaches and plums before the apples move in. Enjoy your holiday, Roger.

  12. It’s a good feeling!

  13. Have a good holiday — enjoy every (prolonged) moment!

  14. Me too, Roger. Enjoy.

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  16. thomas peck says:

    Today we had the first really cool morning here in Essex. Foggy. Autumn is round the corner. Mind you, that means mist and mellow fruitfulness. A season I’m sure you must enjoy, Roger..?

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