The lazy, hazy days of Summer.....When I think of summer now I think of the wild Ox-eye Daisies* and new-born fawns that are in my gardens. . . .
*From "The Country Diary Book of Creating a Wild Flower Garden". . . .
....and thunderstorms. . . .
I made this video a few years ago and posted it during Lightning Safety Week which starts today this year. Just this past week a woman was injured by a lightning strike at a nearby state park. She and her companions had taken shelter inside a 34-foot tall stone tower which was struck by lightning, throwing her to the ground causing severe cuts to her head. I hope you will visit my Post (HERE) about lightning safety. It could save your life!
I change my decor in the house for each season. In summer it's ferns and fruits. . . .
Some years I go blueberry picking. . . .
HERE to get The Best Blueberry Muffin recipe.
Or host a French high school student for a few weeks as we did in July 2013. . . .
Several summers since 2010 have been kicked off by renting a house on or near the Chesapeake Bay for our family Memorial Day weekend. The first time was in Rock Hall, MD on the Eastern Shore. . . .
We also invited our son's in-laws and they treated us to a sail on the Chesapeake. The kids were on a different boat so we were able to take photos of them from our boat. . . .
Twice we've stayed at this fabulous beach house in Scotland, MD with it's own beach on the Bay. . . .
But otherwise, summer is just too hot, too humid, and too long for me anymore.
There was a time, however, I loved, loved, summer! Like when I was a kid because it meant there was no school and I could play all day with my best friend, Valerie, down the street. Or have my half-sister and half-brothers visit and we'd all go to Mamaw's and Papaw's farm. . . .
. . . .where we could run free as the wind, walk down the dirt road to the little store to buy penny candy and ice cream sandwiches, sit on the porch swing trying to catch a breeze on a hot Mississippi afternoon or listen to the rain on the tin roof. We'd play in the hayloft of the barn, or have watermelon in the back yard. . . .
|My cousin, my half-sister, Papaw, and my little brother in the foreground|
There'd be a week of Vacation Bible School or Boy Scout camp and a family vacation--usually to visit distant family. I wanted my boys to see the place I loved so much as a child, so I made the two-day drive to Mamaw's one summer. . . .
Sometimes family would come visit us. . . .
|Cousins at Mt. Vernon|
But soon--too soon--summertime was over and it was time to go back to school. . . .
So what about you? How do you feel about summer. What are your favorite activities?
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