The End of Summer

The annual countdown to Winter has been well under way for a few weeks now. First the schools went back – and Kirknewton. Then the X Factor returned to haunt our Saturday nights, with Strictly Come Dancing launching next week. The leaves will be off the trees before we know it.

Already, there’s not much honeysuckle left, so actually you might be better leaving the rest of this article for later while you go foraging to make Fi Bird’s wild honeysuckle jelly..

Kids, Craft and Chaos looks back on being a leader at girl guide camp.

FitbaThatba returns from sunnier climes to the cold of Aberdeen and wonders whether the football season should be moved to the Summer. You might also want to take him to task for the assertion that “women’s football doesn’t count because it’s not a real sport”.

Under the Bunnet manages to look forward to the Rugby World Cup and imagines a Scotland-Wales semi-final.

Misssy M recounts how she upset the rather fragile ego of a radio DJ. They made up, but Kate Harris, writing on Bright Green Scotland about how comedian Russell Kane responded to her Twitter complaints about his sexist remarks, did not have such a happy conclusion.

This week has seen politicians trying to set the scene ahead of the new parliamentary term which starts tomorrow. I wrote about Secretary of State for Scotland Mike Moore’s polite request for some details about what independence would mean in practical terms for wee ordinary mortals and The Burd responded with six questions of her own for Moore.

The Edinburgh trams saga had some more moments of high drama as reported by Living on Words Alone.

In the week the Lockerbie Bomber was found in fragile health in Tripoli, The Lockerbie Case pays tribute to Jim Swire.

Rookie Oven is worried that we’re learning to be consumers rather than producers of new techonology.

Lallands Peat Worrier looks at the Scottish Government’s consultation on equal marriage and notes how it’s the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who’s embracing the idea on behalf of the Government and not either of two ministers who actually have responsibility for the area.

Transatlantic Blonde highlights how domestic violence has been glamorised in an advert for a Canadian hair salon, while the Burd looks at how Nadine Dorries’ abortion amendments might affect women in Scotland if they were passed.

Jamie Glackin writes about the foundation set up in David Cairns’ MP’s memory on Labour Hame.

Kirsty Connell explains on Better Nation , which, incidentally, celebrates its 1st birthday this week, why we need to concentrate on improving mental health.

After all that serious stuff, we need some therapy. So, if you’ve made your Honeysuckle Jelly and want to turn your hand to crafts, why not head out and look for some duck shaped stones as Nature Kids suggests. And In a Bun Dance writes about how blogging (among other things) brings a little extra romance into her life.