A number of people (internet and otherwise) have been mentioning what a transition month August really is. It doesn’t quite hold the sparkle or potential of Summer (with a capital S) the way July does. Our attentions have turned to going back to our ordinary, non-summer lives. But there is a certain charm to August, my tomato plants have finally started producing a decent crop (there were more than the six above), it’s cool enough for a good hike or an evening beside the fire pit. Summer is great, don’t get me wrong, it is full of surprises (fun!), but at a sometimes irregular and unexpected rate (eek!). I’m actually looking forward to the pace, and creature comforts of autumn. Perhaps that makes me a control freak, but by August I start to crave the predictable regularity of the academic calendar.