Signs that sum­mer is just about over

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Only a week or so ago, the news­pa­pers and tele­vi­sion showed pic­tures of a smil­ing Barack Obama swim­ming in the Gulf with his daugh­ter. Surely the pres­i­dent of the world’s only su­per­power of the moment wouldn’t risk his lit­tle girl in a photo op that wasn’t safe enough for a spot­ted sand­piper.

In the mean­time we watch them go, our fin­gers crossed that they will re­turn in the spring. They are flock­ing to­gether daily pre­par­ing for their voy­age.

There’s a crowd of them up above right now! Wait a minute, I don’t rec­og­nize those big yel­low birds. Let me get the binoc­u­lars and take a look. Let me get them in fo­cus...Oh yes... the big Blue Birds, yel­low in colour. They al­ways ap­pear at this time of year. School buses. The surest sign that sum­mer is just about over.

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