Don’t worry, the Crimean Saga will pick back up in August, but for now it’s time for our monthly art lesson. This year we got a full-on, classic July here in Middle Russia: all month long and for another week to come the temperatures have been breaking 30C (it’s toasty 34C today – nearly 100F), with sunny skies and barely-there breeze, not a drop of rain in sight. But I’m not complaining. For one, I love hanging out on Moscow beaches, swimming in the river, and eating shashlyk. And as the days have gotten shorter – it is dark by 10 pm now – I am being reminded that autumn is just around the corner. Time to soak up the sun!