Ah, August. The mornings are still warm enough to grab a cup of coffee and sit out on the deck listening to the birds wake up while watching the sky break just before dawn. It’s the most peaceful time of the day.
It’s also the month that warns us that summer is slowing down and coming to an end. Farmers are busy harvesting their crops, getting that first or second cut of hay tedded and baled – ready to keep their livestock fed and happy through the long winter months.
It’s also the month when flowers droop and drop their seeds onto the ground in hopes that new plants will pop up the next spring.
On the bushes by the road the choke cherries are bright red and attracting birds to fatten up while food is plentiful.
Robins, starlings and others regularly gather to pig out on the berries and any worms silly enough to poke their heads out of the ground.
Hummingbirds are guzzling sugar water to build up their energy for the long trek south for the winter.
Sometimes they squabble, even thought there is lots of food and many perches available. Apparently they don’t like to share.
We’ll know it’s really coming to an end when the geese arrive from their northern habitat to fill up on seeds left behind from the harvests before heading to their wintering grounds in the south.
It’s still too soon, though, to contemplate that. There is still lots of time for people to enjoy their favourite activities – camping, swimming, fishing, horseback riding and so on. This week-end there were three horse events taking place in our area. There was a barrel racing / pole bending competition in the outside ring at the Princess Louise Park Show Centre in Sussex, NB.
At the same time, there was a reining competition taking place in the indoor arena.
There was a third event, a Derby, at Peekaboo Corner. I didn’t have a chance to get up there today.
Summer is far from over. Today’s temperatures soared into the 30s. While hay is being harvested, the corn in the fields isn’t ready yet. It will become high energy forage for cows along with the hay next winter.
Enjoy summer while it lasts!