Paddling beneath the surface
So far this autumn it's only the weather that's unexpected. I'm writing this on a late September day visiting a baking hot and sunny Yorkshire.
But London 2012 is running to plan with increasingly hectic activity behind the scenes - while outwardly it's looking calm with relatively little breaking the surface.
Here in the BBC project team we have a physical reminder of the scale of what's about to hit us.
Previously we've been scattered round Television Centre in offices which involved treks between them.
But now the main planners have moved into an area formerly occupied by Sport online - who are settling into their new home in Salford.
So we have 2012 colleagues from Sport and News and Marketing and the rest within easy reach as we move fully into delivery mode.
The "virtual" team spreads across the BBC. This week we had an excellent session bringing together everyone with an interest in the Torch relay: our nations and regions who will carry the bulk of the coverage, Radios 1 and 2 as well as 5 Live, and TV programmes from Breakfast to The One Show.
Again, the mission remains threefold:
- To to bring live coverage of the Torch's journey round the UK as it connects a multitude of communities to the UK's Olympic story
- To make sure it's efficiently produced
- To guarantee a focus in the output that captures the best moments but avoids boring the sceptics to death
Sport planning is similarly steaming ahead. We have a better idea of our main studio location, and the web designs for our Games-time coverage are taking shape.
We were with the designers earlier this week, and we loved what we saw. It should be the best online experience yet for users.
Absolutely Fabulous's Edina and Patsy are making their own special contribution to London 2012. Photo: Reuters
These are example of the ideas from months and years ago becoming reality. In September alone we've had our first glance at the rushes from "Bert and Dickie" - a drama starring Matt Smith for BBC One about the 1948 Games.
We've seen a clip from the Olympic history series being made by BBC Bristol for BBC Two. We've also heard some of Clare Balding's epic series for Radio 4 in 2012 about the British and sport.
Meanwhile, we're aware of more cameo appearances being shot for the next series of TwentyTwelve - and there are whispers that the stars of Absolutely Fabulous have been seen around the Olympic Park.
And in the fictional East End of Walford, Fat Boy and Billy are waiting to hear whether they'll be successful in their bid to run in the Torch Relay.
Most of this won't be visible until well into 2012, which underlines the theme about this being a season where the activity is below the radar. But the big year is only three months away, and that means the next landmark is looming into view.
For New Year's Eve we're expecting to have London's customary firework spectacular - and now the debate is whether it will have an additional Olympic dimension.
In an echo of the tight timeframe in planning "One Year To Go", some decisions are still to be made; but everyone has spotted that 31 December is a deadline that is immovable. So again there'll be a lot of activity in the coming weeks.
Since you're reading this blog, the chances are you're keener on all this than the average.
But if by any chance you're not, here's an alternative thought. By this time next year it will all be over.
That means, though, that the defining period is now unquestionably and 100% upon us, and every day counts if we're going to make London 2012 shine.