I recently heard or read this time of year described as the in-between days; the best of summer over and the Autumn not yet begun. I love this description as it captures this time of year perfectly. It doesn’t truly feel like summer any more, at least not where I live. Some of the leaves have begun to take on an unmistakeable yellowish tinge, others are browning and curling at the edges. The evenings are darkening and last night I found myself lighting a candle – something I never do in late Spring or Summer, it just doesn’t feel right!
Something I love about late August is we start to see stars again! It may sound ridiculous, but where I live in the Hebrides, it barely gets dark at the height of the Summer. The sky darkens in the wee small hours but never to true darkness. Almost as soon as it sets it seems you see the sun beginning to creep up towards the horizon again. The stars become strangers over those days of Summer and it never fails to lift my spirits when I see them again, barely at first and then becoming brighter and more abundant in the sky. By late August, it truly feels like a time of transition, where we have all the delights of Autumn to come and of course then the long days of Winter.
I’m looking forward to the colder months as I always do to any change in the seasons. My new found interest in mindfulness means I’m not focusing too much on what’s to come though. There’s so much to see and appreciate in the present moment rather than missing it thinking about an imagined future. So for now I’m going to take in the ever shortening days and embrace the remaining time that I can go jacket-less before the colder days come! I do think it’s time to start planning my Autumn/Winter wardrobe though! What do you think of this time of year?