In theory, the summer will continue until the autumn equinox on September 23. Practically, it ended two days ago on Labor Day. Reservations at the hotel have fallen off, and most of the tourists are gone from the streets of Newport.
As if to acknowledge the change, the bright, warm days ended on Monday, and since then it's been heavily overcast and raining off and on. During one of the recent no-rain-right-now periods, I took the dogs out for a brief walk. Despite the lack of tourists, despite spending most of our time in residential back streets, and despite only being out for twenty minutes, I still had two people ask me what kind of dogs the basenjis were.