England has basked under sunny skies and we have had a proper summer. For once fetes, parties and picnics have been enjoyed rather than postponed. It is ironic that I should be writing so cheerfully about this summer when I have spent a considerable part of it being ill. Being made to rest however, has meant that I have had the peace and the time to savour this season.
I have rested in my garden rather than worked in it and I have appreciated it as never before.
This whole summer seems to have been lit up with glowing, happy memories, nearly as bright as those I recall from my childhood.
Mum and I visited Mottifont Rose Gardens, luscious with blooms
The Larmer Tree Festival simply glowed with colour and light-
We have had days by the sea
And walks in the countryside
From breezy bright mornings
My days have been filled with light.
On holiday in Provence we discovered a place where the fields were purple
and houses had shutters blue as the sky
And as for the markets...
I could have spent my days quite happily shopping for supper!
I have paddled in green swift-flowing rivers
And swam in the warm aquamarine seas
Back in England we had a special family gathering, graced by strawberries and more sunshine, my Mother's special family trifle and most importantly- the newest member of our family
I shall remember this summer and its colours, I hope it lasts in my memory as the one that lived up to our expectations. Who knows, though- next year it may be even more beautiful?
Before I finish, I have to add one last picture-
The jewel in the crown of David's Summer!