Thursday, 1 August 2019

Happy August!

Happy August to all my friends and readers

New Calendar picture with this
beautiful watercolour painting by Frank Koebsch

"Distelblüten im Spätsommer"
"Thistle Blooms in Late Summer"

Apparently, last year we had the hottest summer last year since records began in 1910. And I think this summer will top that. We have temperatures of around 40° Celsius (around 104°F), unbearable, especially for me. And for my American friends, we don't have a/c in Europe, hardly anywhere.

So, I am not looking forward to the temperatures next month but I am looking forward to a big event, after having spent a large chunk of our life abroad, my husband is retiring and we are moving back to Germany. Let's just hope it won't be too hot on those days.

The Germanic name for the month is Weodmonað which stands for weed or herb month.

The flowers of the month are the poppy and the gladiola. While the former represents dreams and rest, the latter stands for moral integrity.

Have a happy August with this beautiful watercolour painting by Frank Koebsch. I really like the thistle. It's not only the national flower of Scotland but also a national symbol for Lorraine. We've always had thistles in our garden, even though we had to fight my father for it because he considered them weed. But we think they are beautiful.

You can find many more wonderful pictures on their website here.


  1. Happy August Marianne! Good luck with your move. I WILL send you an email today. July just got away from me.

    1. Don't worry. We all have a life to lead outside of blogging and reading. ;)

      Happy August.