Saturday, 16 August 2014

Saturday meanderings of the mind . . .

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In the winter time all life in our home seems to be centred around the fire in the lounge.  Nobody strays very far from it's warmth and comfort.   In the summer, however . . .  life flows outward and spreads itself around . . .

You can find us either dead heading in the garden . . .  watching the fish in the pond . . .  reading at the patio table beneath the umbrella . . .  hanging out laundry . . .  washing the car . . .  mowing and trimming . . . picking berries . . . or in the kitchen putting up all that we have grown.

Unless of course it is raining.

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And in that case all semblence of summer activity comes to a halt, and we are centered around the lounge again, as in winter . . .  only difference being there is no fire to enjoy . . .  and everyone takes on a sort of a pouting longing look.   We all know that summer is short in this country and for bad weather to steal one day from us . . . well . . . it disappoints.  We know it will be all too soon that we will be relegated to enjoying our lives in this one room, and Mitzie will be  harrumping on the sofa, sighing with boredom as her little kingdom narrows once again to just one room.

But we won't think of that will we . . .

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Not when there are green corn moons to enjoy and berries to pick.


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And  pansies still dancing by the back door . . .

 
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And laundry sputtering on the line in the summer breezes . . .


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And peas to pick and shell . . .

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And radishes to enjoy, fresh from the soil . . .  with some salt and buttered bread . . .

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And bumbley bees to enjoy as they bumble amongst the flowering herbs . . .  what does honey flavoured with thyme taste like . . . I wish I knew . . .

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And butter to fly . . .  oh the butterflies . . .

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And figs dripping with the winey flavour of summer sunshine to enjoy . . .

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And plates . . .  large white plates . . .  alive with every shade of green you can imagine.  Ours to enjoy and to savor . . . whilst we still can.

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A thought to carry with you through today  . . .


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“I almost wish we were butterflies 
and liv'd but three summer days . . .
 three such days with you 
I could fill with more delight 
than fifty common years could ever contain.” 
~John Keats, love letters and poems to Fanny Brawne  
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Baking in The English Kitchen today  . . . .  Banana, Coconut and Macadamia Nut Muffins.   Seriously tasty, and low in fat . . .

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Oh that your Saturday will be filled with more bliss and joy and sunshine than the heart can possibly hold.   And butterflies . . .  you must have a few of those too.

 

8 comments:

Sybil said...

What lovely paintings for us to enjoy this mroning Marie. I am just looking out on a blue almost cloudless sky and a hot air balloon is passing iver it is a lovely red one..I think the Virgin advert one...it looks so peaceful asit floats along. I hop ethat the folks ar eenjoying their flight I certainly did when Idid it as did Mum who went up for her 80th birthday !...Getting colder though and I hear them say even colder next week. Oh where oh where has our summer warmth gone... Hope you have a wonderful weekend

Suze said...

Good morning Marie. You paint a pretty picture while I have lived through a rare grey, rainy and much needed rainy Saturday. Enjoy the sights of the day...I hope you find a butterfly.

Marie Rayner said...

It sounds very pastoral Sybil! I don't know why summer always seems to drag it's heels to arrive and in a rush to leave us! But that is the way it is most years! xxoo

Suzan, I know you need the rain in OZ, especially where you are! Love you! xxoo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

The pictures are all beautiful today ! I'm thinking you did that with your watercolor app. I am trying very hard to enjoy these last summer days. Too soon we will be stuck here in the house. It's so lovely to be outside and I do relish these days. Hope you have a super Saturday and get outdoors !

Marie Rayner said...

I did do that with my water colour ap Pam! I am not that great a painter to be sure! You are so right, it will be winter before we know it. Best to make Hay while the sun shines!xxoo

La Table De Nana said...


You are a better painter:)
I can't believe the similarities in our post(s) today..some rain..muffins and hydrangeas:)

Marie Rayner said...

Oh thank you Monique! It's not very nice here today. It is cold and damp and I think it's going to rain. I will be over to visit you shortly! xxoo

LeAnn said...

I loved all of the photos they were lovely. I hope you can have many more sweet days until the weather changes again.
Blessings, hugs and love for you!