Earlier this week I heard someone say "Welcome to Fall!" Which just seemed ridiculous. I thought she must just be commenting on the cold morning. Until I started to look around. It is mid August. Pretty soon it will be September and everyone knows September is not summer. I went out to garden after dinner and barely had enough light to pull weeds. The days are shortening and the sun is softening. I am not wearing sunscreen anymore. Fall's nearness was confirmed when I went to gather figs from Ayni's tree. Figs cap the summer fruit season and their arrival symbolizes summer's climax, and quickly thereafter, summer's retreat.

We seriously did not get a summer here in Portland. I am still waiting for it- I'm not kidding! I actually feel that summer is around the corner. My garden is just about to take off... all I need is three more months of heat.yni