I am shamlessly putting here pictures of our last holidays. This one was taken in the Keswick Museum and I have no idea who painted it or if it represents autumn or a stormy summer day in Cumbria. Nevertheless, it looks like Autumn enough on the picture, from this distance at least.
My wife gave me this BBC article today, saying that autumn will arrive late this year. The article does not mention if it is going to be warm or cold, but it says that the leaves will fall later and that the fruits will not be ripe early. It does not look like autumn will be late right now, if anything it looks like it is peeking through already: the weather hasn't been summery since the beginning of August and (this might be explaining that), some trees already had a few leaves changing their colour. Not many, but enough for me to notice them. The heatwaves of June and July certainly seem like a distant memory. It is not like 2007, when we barely had a summer. Ironically enough, Autumnwatch started later that year, in November if my memory is correct. It disappointed me.
August is the month when I prepare myself mentally to the next season, trying to forget that the holidays were going and that I was going to go back to school. I was trying to look forward to the good sides of the season. As a teenager/young adult I used to play Call of Cthulhu, it was our "end of summer" game. One day I will blog about this one (yes, I am sometimes a total geek). And there was also the harvest. I hope the apples, berries and others don't come too late this year. I could go fruit picking right now.