Prematurely dead oak leaves are still littering my back yard. It's a wonder there's any shade left back there, except from the walnut tree, and even the walnut is showing signs of heat and drought related stress. It hasn't started dropping its leaves yet, but they are looking rather puny. The walnut crop is going to be rather puny this year, too, though the individual walnuts, while few in number, are of good size. I've actually still got quite a few walnuts form last year's bumper crop, so it's not a great loss. Not to me, anyway. I doubt that the birds and squirrels and raccoons will be happy about it.
The Cinecon Film Festival in Los Angeles is showing Jules Dassin's 1949 B-movie classic Thieves' Highway this year. I've only ever seen it on television, and would love to see it at Graumann's Egyptian, which is the venue for the festival, but getting to L.A. is pretty much out of the question. This is another of those times I really miss living there.
I need to get those wheelie bins out to the street before it gets too late. They make too much racket to put them out after the neighbors have gone to bed.