One year ago, I wrote about how the beginning of a new month feels for me here, and somehow, this is especially true for September.
This year, I am in quite a different situation; for one thing, work has changed for the better. There are a number of other changes that happened in the course of the year, most of which my regular readers know about.
Work and other things have kept me busy; there are several things lined up in my mind I want to blog about during this month, such as Gratitude, Patience, the GamesCom 2011, my autumn wardrobe (this post has given me the idea for that), some recipes and book reviews - quite what you are used to read from me.
But for now, I am only going to show you some pictures I took three weeks ago (I told you there is a lot to catch up with!), because they fit the mood and feel of these last days of summer so well:
The plum tree at my parents' allotment, full of delicious plums on August 12th - now, at the beginning of September, my parents have so much fruit they hardly know what to do with it! There is, believe me, a limit to the amount of plums I can eat, and to the number of cakes my mum can bake and we can eat :-) She has now started on a plum liqueur, spiced with cinammom. Sounds good, doesn't it?
A close up of some of the plums before they were ready to be picked.
Buzzards. It wasn't easy to zoom in on both of them at the same time with my camera. My fascination with these beautiful birds is as big as when I wrote this; and I am happy to let you know that The Longing - or at least one important part of it - has been fulfilled this year.
Then, there are the wasps... obviously conferring on the tip of my small yellow plastic watering can whether it is worth bothering me or not. "Shall we bug Meks a bit, what do you think?" - "Nah, she just turns hysterical, it's not much fun to watch her flailing her arms and running from the kitchen." - "You're right, won't do us any good if there isn't some food in it for us." And off they took, once I had opened the kitchen window as widely as possible.