Where is the rain?
|the parched earth; grass non-existent; dead leaves from tired trees|
|even the St John's Wort looks exhausted|
|the rosemary has a desperate, 'staring' look|
|what grass is left crunches underfoot like autumn leaves|
|the fruit trees droop, their leaves fall prematurely|
even the hardy fig sheds leaves
Update, September 16: It did rain briefly two days after this post was published, but now the whole of Chianti is hoping for an autumn break.