Friday, August 01, 2003


ah - August - usually nicknamed aout by boynton because it's the month when Melbourne gets pretty bleak. But there's nothing of the aout out there today - with its blue sky and weak sunshine, and next door's magnolia looks rather magnificent through the framework of a hills hoist - and there are indeed magpies singing to boot. According to my mother this week often turned on an aberation, a glitch of good weather - good weather for children's parties - good for my three july-born sibs as saturday hosts, of yore. Lucky Leo's law of the jungle.
Of course at first the day did not augur quite so well when Flo ate a bit of old Abby's ear in an early morning post-prandial stoush. A fair bit of aout about then.

(The maggies wav was found with the very useful Findsounds via J walk)

Comments: aout

Ah birthday season.
Grumpygirl's father's birthday is tomorrow, Petite's is on Wed and Thieu's is on Thursday.

A busy -- and costly--- beginning to the month.

August is better than July, I think. Slightly longer days, the last month of winter.
Posted by mcb at August 1, 2003 04:50 PM

it was always July and September in my family for birthdays mcb - and with a 2nd generation - September is crowded out. Every day a birthday, almost,like a collapsible christmas. I don't mind because at least in September there is one small day of compensation for boynton ;)

and it's hard to carp on such a nice day - but I just always think of those ghastly/august days of bitter wind and rain and what-is-sun-again? ahead.
Posted by boynton at August 1, 2003 04:59 PM

Must be August, Boynton. I got swooped by a magpie this morning. It nonchalantly landed and then glared balefully. Love 'em.
Posted by Nora at August 1, 2003 11:17 PM

How is the bleakness of Melbourne in August any different to the bleakness of May, June, or July?
Posted by Scott Wickstein at August 2, 2003 12:38 AM

Eh!...there's only been a FEW DAYS of bleakness to date - and this was earlier in the week, when we were sent some squalls from South Australia.
And anyway - cold weather is good for the brain.
Posted by boynton at August 2, 2003 01:02 AM

When I lived in Melbourne, the bleakness started in April and didn't lift until.. errr December 2001. I left in January 2002.

Maybe it's just me. I grew up on the fringe of the desert.
Posted by Scott Wickstein at August 2, 2003 04:47 AM

August - usually nicknamed aout by boynton because it's the month when Melbourne gets pretty bleak

Not because aout is French for August? :)
Posted by James Russell at August 2, 2003 02:48 PM

ooh ee - oui
that was the origin - I must confess it does look rather oblique without the circumflex.
You may have gathered by now, James, that I only speak schoolgirl French - and the way I pronounce August in French roughly equates with the bleakness of august ;)
Posted by boynton at August 2, 2003 02:56 PM

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