Hello everyone and Happy Summer! I hope this post finds you well. In my neck of the woods, we have welcomed summer with days of plentiful sunshine and warm temperature, and lots of watering in the garden. We have tadpoles in the pond and have enjoyed the voices of the frogs and toads at night. There are at least two chipmunks that frolic on the deck, along with the squirrels, and they have taken an interest in what goes on in the house too. The birds are visiting the feeders quite frequently and we’ve seen a few fledgling birds as well. In the garden, the lettuce is about to run it’s course, we had a grand total of 3 strawberries (well the ones we got to eat), and there are baby tomatoes and peppers. Summer is a wonderful time of growth.
We had the most beautiful display of peonies this year – I don’t think they’ve ever been as beautiful! The hydrangeas won’t be long in coming into bloom. I’ve been walking every evening in the neighborhood and it’s really fun to see other people’s gardens and what’s blooming in every yard. I love spending time outside listening to the sounds of nature and feeling the sun. It’s incredibly peaceful to fall asleep with the windows open to waft in a gentle breeze and the sound of crickets.
Here are a few quotes to celebrate summer:
“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” – Al Bernstein
“We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” – Jenny Uglow
“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” – Maude Hart Lovelace
“In summer, the song sings itself.” – William Carlos Williams
Let the song sing in your heart and find joy in the ordinary miracles of summer.
Blessings to you,
Beautiful peonies… They are truly the grand finale of spring!
I, too, love sleeping with the windows open, hearing the dawn chorus and in a few more weeks, our crickets will start and then in August, there will be katydids. I LOVE summer!