H/t to Ray Bradbury: thank you for your gift of some of the greatest writing ever!
The oddest thing about ‘Seasonal’ writing is that everything old is new again, nearly every year. I see the glint of Summer light on a building and I am agog with delight, as if I haven’t seen that same glint for the past 6 decades. Either I have a Beginner’s Mind…or I am a lunatic. Whichever it is, I am glad of it, because it is a pleasure and a privilege to be transported by things, even if those ‘things’ are such that you’ve experienced so many times before. Or perhaps it’s because they have been experienced so many times before that the continued ability to transport is what is delightful? Who knows? Who cares! All I know is it is a gorgeous, glancing light.
And it’s particularly welcome now because it’s heralding the onset of Summer – NORMAL Summer. We’ve had the weirdest weather here lately – August temps in early June (high 90s! What the Actual FUCK? (to quote Miss March – I, myself, Do Not Swear 😉 with nighttime rains, much like Caribbean weather patterns. Then it plunged into low 60s with a driving rain for several days, folks in jackets, scarves and long pants….now it’s in the high 70s, where it belongs…until it goes into triple digits for the weekend. It’s wet, wild and weird. And it’s caused us to have All Summer in a Day (if you’ve never read the Bradbury short story, I hope you will. I doubt there is a lovelier, more heartbreaking story.) My neighbor has RIPE TOMATOES! In June! I haz Sunflowers! It’s kinda scary!
Take a look at these photos
I don’t know about your garden, but in mine the lilies on the left precede the ones on the right by about 3 weeks. Yet here they are, cohabiting as if we’ve been invaded by alien pods, bent on twisting our planet’s DNA just a whick…
but it is pretty! It looks like a Hollywood version of a garden, with things improbably blooming next to each other. I was going to try to be dismayed, thinking ‘omg. what will be blooming in JULY! ‘ Then I thought ‘hell, I don’t have any guarantees that I will be here in July, so better enjoy each day as it comes!’ I refuse to be one of those gardeners/farmers who always has a ‘but’ of mild complaint. I’m here, the weather’s queer, enjoy the beauty that is set before you!
btw, I did not take these photos. These are the eye of Saturdays Francine (who took them on …Saturday! ) – much lovelier than I could ever compose. I can build it – but I suck at shooting it!
Okay – I’m OUT! but not before I tell you I am going to get The Girl to pull a couple of names because omg is this a lame-o post and y’all are just TOO KIND to even read it, let alone comment. I have to get back to quoting some conveyor thingy for a mine so I need to hustle. I owe y’all some winners from another post, I know, so I will put EVERYBODY who won in the next post, I promise.
Tell me a weather story! The Girl is eager to know how your Summer weather is shaping up. When she’s not posing, showing her ladyparts!