As July progressed it became heavy and humid, the air laden with pollen from many flowers. However, this state of affairs changed in August, as it usually does, freshening as the air slowly dries out. This year August began with some rain, and a northerly wind. Soon it will settle, as August always does. Many people consider late August and early September the best time of the year, and take their holidays then. The birds which were very active in spring have their limelight stolen by gorgeous butterflies, such as the Peacock (Inachis io), and gardens, meadows and hedges hum to the whirring beats of hover fly wings.