On my drive in to work this morning, the country lanes had russet leaves drifting down on them. The trees are grimly trying to hang on to the last breath of (a relatively disappointing) summer, but I think they're losing more leaves than not. When I take the dogs out for their morning walk (06:15hrs!) there's a little bite to the air. Not unpleasant, but you wouldn't go out in just your shirtsleeves any more and there's always a mist rising off the ponds and the fields as they begin to warm.
What does this mean to me? The start of a new academic year and the appearance of students old and new, most of whom don't want induction, instead they want to sign up for various sports and find out which room their modules are being taught in and where the best part-time jobs are going. Ah well.
In another couple of weeks things will start to settle down and the pace of work will die back from franticly hectic to just busy. We shall see!
On another note, I have a few short projects to complete (first draft) this weekend and, as I have most of the weekend to myself, I should be able to do it in relative peace and quiet. (Apart from the howling hounds, of course!)
Mood: Fed up of waking at 05:45hrs, but generally okay.
Music: None. The office door is open and such is frowned on. Will have to dig out the iPod.
Temp: 22.9˚C (but it is a very grey day)