The Mid Summer Post

Is it just me or are you finding the days getting a little shorter already and is summer really slipping through our fingers like water? Here it is the end of the first week of August, actually the start of the second week of August. When I think about it, I don’t really know what happened to June and July, I think it must have skipped this year.

Not that August and even September and October are all that bad, actually around here we often have some of our best weather in September. But good weather or not, there is something sad about reaching the mid-point of summer, and going past it. I call now the “mid-point” because that is how I have looked upon the change from July to August ever since I was a wee lad in school. When August hit, no matter how hard you tried to ignore it, you knew that there was only about one month of summer vacation left, and then it was back to the classroom and some big old ugly cranky miserable school teacher droning on about the miracles of algebra or teaching you some convoluted and twisted version of history that was often far from the truth and at times, extremely boring…but I am digressing….

It’s with that in mind that I find myself looking out the window at the cottage this morning, watching the sun come up and thinking about how the days are already becoming shorter, as the summer gently slips by, soon to become just another love turned memory.
Today where I live, we will enjoy 14 hours and 26 minutes of daytime, tomorrow that will be 3 minutes shorter, and in one month, our daylight will be 85 minutes shorter. All of a sudden the waning summer will be much more apparent. In six months time, our daylight, between sunrise and sunset will be about 10 hours long, compared with the almost 14 1/2 hours we are currently enjoying.

It’s difficult to ignore the signs of the passing summer. The grass doesn’t grow quite as fast as it did in June, the leaves on the poplar trees beside the camp are full and quite large now, and you can hear them flutter in the breeze outside the bedroom window. The baby black ducks that were once little ducklings are almost full grown and now starting to fly.

The lake has lots of boat traffic as everyone is on vacation just about now, spending as much time as they can on the lake. I know it’s my imagination, but the boats sound a little more desparate now, as they too try to get as much out of summer as they possibly can before they are covered over and put into storage until next season.

Our little vegetable garden now is starting to look like a garden, as the plants start to stretch out and grow taller, and we’ll soon be enjoying delicious green and yellow beans fresh from the garden with our supper.

All of a sudden, a sweater or a heavy shirt is a nice thing to have on in the evening around the campfire or sitting on the dock of the bay watching the tide roll away…(sorry couldn’t help myself, I got the music in me) and the next long weekend is Labour Day, as Natal Day and Canada Day are long passed us now and you realize that you are closer to next Christmas Day than next Canada Day….

It’s not just nature that is showing the signs of the summer mid-point either. A glance at the advertising signs in the travel trailer and recreational vehicle sales lot tells the story too, as the sign reminds you, each time you drive by, in big orange on black letters, “End of Season Sale On Now!!” and Walmart is quietly replacing their fishing gear with Fall hunting equipment.

Before I get you too depressed, take heart, there is still lots of summer left, particularly if you don’t have to return to school in September. August is often the best of our summer, hot days and nights, plenty of sunshine and lollipops and fun in the sun. The water in the lakes and ocean is often warmer in late summer, great for swimming. Quite often our nicest days happen right now, in August, and it’s usually the month with the least amount of rainfall.

I’d love to keep talking to you, but I’ve got to go, got to get outside, it’s 10 a.m. and I’ve already lost about 4 hours of daylight, there’s only about 630 minutes left !! I’ve gotta go enjoy the summer breeze….

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