Wednesday, 5 September 2012

End of Summer?

This week, in the northern hemisphere, school has started after summer holidays. Even though it is not officially the end of summer, that being after the fall equinox, it marks the end of traditional summer holiday season.

We are long past the "Dog Days" of summer, an expression for the hottest days in the middle of summer, which has astral roots:

""Dog Days" (Latin: diēs caniculārēs) are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the dog days of summer are most commonly experienced in the months of July and August, which typically observe the warmest summer temperatures. In the Southern Hemisphere, they typically occur in January and February, in the midst of the austral summer. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, in proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather." (Wikipedia)
This past week and weekend, the "last" of the summer saw furious summer activity, as children and adults  tried to pack as much of their summer to do and to see list into the remains of summer holidays.

Early mist over Vancouver, a moored boat and a lone rower
Fishing off the dock at Jericho beach
The early summer here was cool and wet but the fine weather did come and yes we did have some "Dog Days". The weather has cooled now and the days are getting shorter, perhaps we will get an "Indian Summer", but more on that next week.
For now I want to focus on this last weekend of summer and share a few images with you.


Are we born knowing the Ice Cream Truck song?

The beaches were packed with swimmers, surfers, sailors and picnickers and the traffic was heavy at the end of the holiday weekend as people poured back into the city from camping, hiking trips and visits to the cottage.


Well here is a blast from the past, "See You in September", the Tempos from 1959:

Probably should have used this in May or June, but maybe it's not too late to relive this one now.
I had great news this week, my painting "Sweet Serenade" was accepted into a juried show at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery on Granville Island (1241 Cartwright Street). Sweet Serenade is a watercolour, 11" X 8", and will be included in the "Autumn Salon" Exhibition September 25 to October 7, 2012.
Here is "Sweet Serenade":

I am so glad you dropped in for a visit with me today.

Happy end of summer "Whimsy Wednesday", until next time......