There are only two sounds around us at the moment; combine-harvesting Maize (probably for silage), and the mowing of the Chestnut plantations (above). Both sounds herald Autumn, and the imminent arrival of Winter.
The weather is still almost perfect. The mornings are cool, the pool water quite cold, but the afternoons are around 30 C. Yes we still swim, but getting in the water is slower than usual.
If, in the future, you think of holidaying in this part of S W France; September is the month I would recommend.
Serious rain is forecast for next weekend. If it's long and hard enough it would be perfect to bring up some mushrooms. We've had very poor Cèpe harvests for the past two years, so we need to build-up our preserves again.