Our friends and neighbors have been harvesting their grapes three to four weeks earlier than average.  The muscadines are barely ripe so far, which is on target for the season.  We continue in the grips of a drought and give thanks for irrigation and weather patterns that promise changes in the future.  As we look across the landscape, it's easy to think that it autumn is near, with drying grass and turning leaves...until we remember it is only mid-August and the turning is due to heat and lack of moisture.  Optimistically we assume that trees are entering early dormancy to return in the spring.  In the meanwhile, we look forward to ripe muscadines!