August for many families in northern Europe means summer holidays. Buckets and spades on breezy English beaches; the Grand Départ from Paris to the coast; boat trips, festivals, lazy days and sunburn. Aah, bliss.
In Scotland, on the other hand, August signals the end of summer. We had our wonderful seaside holiday in July: back home, the beech trees are yellowing at the tips as the sap falls, the rowan berries are reddening and the state schools are going back a week today.
Yet our southern friends are in the middle of summer, so we have had a flurry of phone calls and emails from people who are going to be in Scotland in August as it happens, and might they come and stay for a few days…? Yes, is the answer if at all possible: August is thus a busy month for us. With my elder son is starting at his new senior school at the beginning of September, I also have forms to complete in the morning and nametapes to sew on in the evenings, trying to fit the necessary admin around guests and their needs.
For these reasons, I don’t imagine that I’ll have much time to blog this month. Author Susannah Conway has come up with an inspiring answer to this common summer difficulty. Taking part in her ‘August Break’ means following an informal list of prompts for posting daily photos with minimal commentary. There’s absolutely no chance I’ll manage to post on a daily basis! I’ve been joining in a little bit, however, in a haphazard way, so I thought it might be fun to share whatever I manage from now on here on Dancing Beastie. As I say, with house guests lining up for the rest of the month I will manage only the occasional post, but I think it will be fun even to manage something rather than nothing. If you would like to join in too, her list of prompts can be found on her blog here.
Yesterday’s prompt was ‘Talisman’. For me, it had to be deer. I took a photo of a cushion on a window seat, which caught the sun’s rays in an extraordinary way, lending the printed stag a slightly trippy, otherworldly look. Quite appropriate to the prompt, I thought.
Today’s prompt was ‘Edge’.This made me think of paper – edges of pages – and also tables…both from trees, which made me think…I guess this is cheating a bit as it’s an old photo, but a favourite: the edge of the wood, my favourite beech wood where my favourite dog is buried. The trees lean out into the pasture, and the sheep and cattle shelter under their branches.
I hope I’ll have the chance to add a few more as the month goes on. Please do let me know if you are following the prompts yourself!
You might enjoy Late summer in the garden.