Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Summer on the wing . . .
The month of July is starting now to slip off the calendar . . . it hangs tenuously only by a thread, which at the end of the morrow will be severed and no more, as the farmer looks upon his ripening corn with concern and weighs out his chances of a good harvest. I think this year he is in luck as we have had a warm and dry month, and all looks well . . . but I am not a farmer methinks and so I do not see as a farmer does . . .
The school holidays began last week, which seems overly late to me . . . with summer halfway done and July having been so beautiful, I do so hope that there is still some lovely seaside weather left for the holiday makers and their families who flock to our shores wanting to enjoy sand in their shoes and sea breezes on their faces . . .
The verges of the woods and meadows are laced and embroidered now with lovely rosebay willowherb . . . as is our back garden where it prances midst the clover and buttercups in our wildflower bed . . .
Kerria Japonica . . . or Travellers Joy garland the hedges . . . such pretty little dancers with their golden hues and heads . . . bouncing in the sunlight . . .
The banks of stream and river are alive with purple wands of loosestrife and meadow rue . . . so pretty and dainty in their summer's best . . .
In the garden the first of the Chrysanthemums jostle for our attention with the last of the Delphiniums in the crowded borders where lemon and cherry blushed spikes of the gladiola and thrusting themselves up between the tangles masses of gaillardias, coreopsis, gypsophila, clarkia and . . . the humble marigold . . .
The roses begin to look a bit weary now . . . and our days are filled with dead heading . . . coaxing them back to life despite the sweltering heat of the past few weeks . . . oh there are a few which still put on a show, but for the most part the rest appear to be taking a well earned rest and respite . . .
The days are becoming noticeably shorter now as we begin to go to bed in the dusk instead of full sunlight and I know with the coming days we will move closer and closer to the summer's ending. I am not ready to give it all up just yet however, for each day still brings something new to the table . . . some fresh loveliness to be admired and some new joy to be experienced.
"If it were always summertime
how weary we should grow . . .
of the changeless weather
and the sun's unfading glow!
If there were always roses
blooming down the garden ways . . .
they would not call forth from the heart
such words of joy and praise.
It is the expectation
of the sunshine and the flowers . . .
that makes us welcome with delight
the summer's golden hours . . .
The waiting in the winter
and the hoping in the Spring,
it's twice as sweet because we know
that time is on the wing . . . "
I was thrilled beyond measure yesterday to learn that I was the winner of the Tuscany Now competition, prize being a weekend get-away in the beautiful city of Florence, in their beautiful 15th century farmhouse Il Monte. All I have to do now is come up with the airfare to Florence! I couldn't have done it without everyone's help however and so I am remaining positive that I will find a way to get there. I know no further details about dates, transport etc, but I do know I will also receive a complimentary cooking class from the Chef Anna Bini! That should be exciting. I promise to take lots and lots of photographs! Dreams are coming true!
I spent all, and I do mean ALL of yesterday scanning artwork and uploading it to the server for the Licensing Company who have taken me on, only to find out that for some reason my scanner isn't scanning it at 300dpi. It's a really expensive printer/scanner and I, for the life of me cannot figure out how to do it the way they want it. It's becoming a bit frustrating, especially when I spent so much time yesterday and am still only half done. I have an Epson 7525 printer. I need help!
In the spirit of all things Italian and much to Todd's chagrin, I cooked a tasty pasta dish yesterday, to celebrate my win you know. Baked Spaghetti. This version is slightly different than any others I have seen. I thought it was quite, quite good . . . and the alfredo sauce on the spaghetti was to die for all on it's own. (If I keep this up I may need a crane and hoist to get me to Tuscany, lol
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Have a fabulous Wednesday! We are off to the theatre tonight with friends! I am really looking forward to it, although for the life of me, I cannot remember what it is we are seeing!