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To find August a really weird month

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NeonPinkNails Wed 03-Aug-16 13:16:13

The weather is not great and there's already an Autumny feel in the air - nights are drawing in quite noticeably. Everywhere's looking a bit tired and end of summer-ish instead of fresh and green like earlier in the year. Lots of people are away and everything seems quiet, there's a definite lack of routine due to the kids being off school even for those who are still working. The shops are full of end of sales tat or new season stuff that nobody's ready for yet. And to top it all I've just seen conkers on the trees in the park.

I really want to enjoy summer while it's still officially here but I always find August such a funny in between sort of month. I'd it just me?

StillStayingClassySanDiego Wed 03-Aug-16 13:19:17

I kind of know where you're coming from.

I've just been into town and Marks have got their Autumn stock in, bit naff as usual but that's another thread.

NPowerShitShower Wed 03-Aug-16 13:41:39

I was just thinking this yesterday. In my head, August is hot and sunny and holidays. However, my neighbour's tree is losing its leaves already - they're all yellow and brown. Even DD commented on it being like Autumn this morning! It's really odd for us as we live in the US and it's 40C most days still, hot and sunny, but the nights are definitely starting to draw in. And since shops here seem to run a zillion seasons ahead, when I went shopping yesterday, it was all thick woolly jumpers and jeans. In this heat?! No chance!

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Wed 03-Aug-16 13:44:46

I've had to put the heating on, I'm freezing my backside off. sad

And it's just started drizzling again.

YY to lack of routine, weird weather and just not quite right.

ABloodyDifficultWoman Wed 03-Aug-16 13:46:46

I agree. It's all wrong. It's like everything's in suspension until everyone's back from their holidays, the schools are back and you know what you're meant to be doing on any given day. And the weather is shit. I can't sell anything on eBay because it's bloody August. And the weather is shit. grin

Inkanta Wed 03-Aug-16 13:47:57

Yes I find it an odd month for the reasons you say.

Also, did you know - many wars were started in August!

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 03-Aug-16 13:56:54

The nights are definitely drawing in, and I'm pretty much in my winter clothes today.

Interesting Inkanta re wars starting.

I was reading a depressing article that August is the month recessions or economic downturns often start with stock market crashes, banks failing etc. Maybe because people in power are on holiday and everything is only half staffed? Then it all gathers speed SEptember/October.

NeonPinkNails Wed 03-Aug-16 14:02:56

It does feel like everything's waiting to start up again come September. I worked for myself until recently and used to notice that orders just stopped coming in and customers didn't get in touch. As soon as September arrived everything went back to normal (and the Xmas orders usually started!)

doctoratsea Wed 03-Aug-16 14:07:25

Neon, totally agree with you a very strange month for work and family. Although I have mixed feeling this year as sadly youngest will (hopefully grades permitting) be off to Uni in September sad (eldest in 3rd year)

AnyFucker Wed 03-Aug-16 14:10:53

August is shit, have always thought so

goddessoftheharvest Wed 03-Aug-16 14:11:42

I find August really strange, always have. I do love being off, but the month itself feels odd. It's Summer, I have time to do everything I want, but it never seems to be fulfilling the way getting out is in June and July. The weather is almost always damp and muggy. It's as if everything has put out its best show already, and now it's a bit faded and tired. Like the morning after a party, where you didn't drink cos you were designated driver, but you still stayed up til 4am in a noisy, blary room

I do like going back in September, the weather is usually much better- proper blue harvest skies, everything brown and golden and ripe.

handslikecowstits Wed 03-Aug-16 14:12:41

No it's not you OP. I always think of August as the monthly equivalent of 4-5am - a weird twilight zone, not really morning but quite far away from evening.

I've started thinking about buying spring flowering bulbs and choosing my winter container plants.

Doesn't help that we haven't had much of a summer this year, either.

Vipermisnomer Wed 03-Aug-16 14:14:04

August is not a very august month, it should swap with July.

katemiddletonsnudeheels Wed 03-Aug-16 14:14:18

I find both August and September peculiar months to be honest. My favourite months are March and April (daffodils) May and June, then I also love December and Christmas.

MarriedinMaui Wed 03-Aug-16 14:16:32

I agree. I was out in the garden yesterday, the apples were starting to fall on the ground and all the flowers looked overblown and wild and near the end of their lives. I've always felt that the end of August is really Autumn, but it's only the 3rd! Is it earlier this year?

UntilTheCowsComeHome Wed 03-Aug-16 14:19:32

Totally with you. I love it though.

I always think that once the kids are back at school we can start looking forward to Halloween and Christmas so the early autumnal feel gets me quite excited. <saddo>

Inkanta Wed 03-Aug-16 14:20:14

Yes Through I'm curious to know why wars start in August.

I have a theory that wars started in hotter countries is because the higher temperatures are driving people crazy - to madness!

Also think that there is a kind of melancholy around the thought that summer is coming to an end and maybe this creates an aggressive mood in sociopaths -- in particular, who will not accept the end of summer!

And yes a war in August can catch a country unawares if politicians and folk in general are on holiday or sleeping and just not on the ball basically.

IggyPopsicle Wed 03-Aug-16 14:21:12

Yes I was just thinking about this yesterday. It was already dark by 9pm, which is unusual for where I live at this time of year.

Mind you, I love the autumn.

handslikecowstits Wed 03-Aug-16 14:23:57

I love autumn and winter now, too. I say now because I take a vitamin D supplement and it's no longer the nightmare in once was.

I like autumn food and wine and I don't suit stripping off really.

handslikecowstits Wed 03-Aug-16 14:24:21

in = it.

MrsBrent Wed 03-Aug-16 14:27:41

I was thinking autumns coming early, the squirrels have nicked all my cobnuts, the leaves are starting to fall and the blackberries are starting.

August is shit, I've said it for years

NeonPinkNails Wed 03-Aug-16 14:28:08

I love Autumn too so I do look forward to it - that new start feeling you get in September is the best! But I don't like wishing a whole month away and want to enjoy August for its own sake - I'm just not sure what it's plus points are grin.

ParadiseCity Wed 03-Aug-16 14:28:15

Noooooooooo it is summer, summer summer. Stop talking about autumn. Waaah.

NeonPinkNails Wed 03-Aug-16 14:28:41

Its - stupid phone.

OohMavis Wed 03-Aug-16 14:31:45

We're only a week or so into the summer holidays here, still very summery imo!

Well it would be if the rancid smell of muck-spreading wafting off the local fields didn't mean we had to close all our bloody windows and stay the fuck inside.


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