June 29, 2012

It is Summertime








Summer is truly a special season, so vibrant and so relaxing at the same time. I've never longed for summer because I love every season, but when it comes, I feel differently. " It's summertime and the living is easy..." wrote Gershwin and he couldn't have been more correct. The seemingly careless lazy days I remembered from when I was a kid have returned ...and there are open doors through which I enter another reality with the same me, the same others, but not quiet. Summer is like a well known song that I used to sing to my son to make both of us believe that everything is going to be alright...
Long ago summertime to me literary was 
walking barefoot on grass, 
catching butterflies and fireflies with friends on a breezy evening,
climbing a tree and hiding from grandma,
biking and running downhill at a spring ( getting bruises on my knees), 
going on "the must have" family trips and camping by the sea, 
eating ice cream, but necessary letting the melted part go through my hands and make them sticky, 
listening to the songs of crickets and tree frogs, 
flying a kite made by myself, 
star gazing, 
making a watermelon lantern, 
designing cloths for my paper dolls (oh boy, I was good at that),
constantly digging in my grandparents' attic looking for something old and mysterious ( perhaps that's how I  developed my love for vintages:), 
dancing in the rain and catching the warm raindrops with an open mouth ( and lately, passionately kissing someone ), 
taking sun baths (preparing one for my toddler),
sitting on the roof with my cousin, 
trying to go under the rainbow's arc before learning the law of physics, 
wearing wild flowers on my head ...
simply being outside from early morning to the late night doing fun, fun things...
I am thinking where  the last time I experienced some of these summer pleasures feeling like a child again?
Frankly, it must have been a while since I can remember, except camping and enjoying the crickets' songs while canoeing...   







Nowadays, summer is still a time of simple pleasures, but more about my son's birthday and since last year my nephew's too, reuniting with family and old friends, taking long walks with my dog in the morning and walks with my husband after dinner, staying at the edge of the lake or the sea and gazing out at the horizon and the stunning sunsets, canoeing and sailing, hiking through the cool heart of the mountain, drying cloths outside, sleeping with the window open, biking, watching a movie at a drive-in theater despite the fact that they are a few and far between these days, taking pleasure in the summer concerts and jazz festivals, barbequing, enjoying the smell of freshly cut grass and linden trees on the street, antiquing, finding outdoor tables at the restaurant, reading only for pleasure, driving on the highway with the windows down, the music turned up, the wind whipping in my hear, singing out loud " I am free, free fallin'..."








More than anything summer to me is eating fresh honest food. Summertime abounds with varieties of fresh veggie and fruits and opportunities to buy local. Going to a farmers market and buying ripe fruits from the farmer's orchard is something that I never take for granted. I am an urban girl, but as I age my heart is yearning for the simplicity and the peacefulness of the country life.  I am dreaming of the day when we will have our own organic garden with cherry, apricot and apple trees. 
When fresh, ruby-red cherries appear in the market, you are certain, it's summertime. When a funny-looking donut peach greets you from the table, you know you will take it home and feel the muffin batter with it. Because it's fun to bake with summer fruits and keep it on the light side.( Ripe fruits are juicier and sweeter so I can use less sugar or no sugar at all to reach the sweetness of the dessert).
And how beautiful the fresh fruit decoration is... And how satisfying it is to know you are eating fruits in season. When in doubt about which fruits and veggies grow when, here is a chart that you can refer to What is in Season?



How is your summer going so far, dear friends?
Are you savoring the summer's simple pleasures or you have a different summer fun list?








 Stay alive, be kind, keep thoughtful balance 
and enjoy the light summer food!


Happy Canada Day and Fourth of July!







   I am sharing at Sweet Summertime Linky Party
                              Say G'Day Saturday 
                              Seasonal Sunday




24 comments:

  1. Syliva,

    I've decided to invest more time in finding summertime activities around this area: the Peony Festival, Fiesta Parade, Métis Celebration. Your post is a beautiful ode to the season.

    -Karen

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  2. My dear, dear Sylvia,

    I am gasping with admiration here, for your photography, and for the simple pleasures of life that truly are poetry. The special taste of a PEACH, and from what I can tell from your pictures, that slightly squashed little peach are of the DONUT PEACH variety....that is what we call them up here. They are so tender, sweet and special. THEN THERE ARE THE CHERRIES. I have consumed at least 100 lbs. of cherries since early summer! I read once that sour cherries are great for arthritis. Well, if that is the case, with the amount of regular cherries I eat, I shouldn't get the ailment!!!

    I truly agree with your philosophy. SIMPLE is best. There are so many SIMPLE PLEASURES that we can miss because we want MORE. But abundance is at our fingertips, rich or poor. The most valued treasure of them all is LOVE.

    Thank you for always slowing ME DOWN to stop and savor the flavors of life through your camera lens, and your heart.

    You are a treasure! Anita

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  3. Your words and your photos are such a beautiful art, Sylvia. And the food! That beautiful fresh food! One of my favorite things about summertime…the abundance of fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables! I love your description of your childhood summers…..barefoot and outside from morning until night. The way a childhood should be spent!
    Thanks for sharing at Sweet Summertime and I hope you'll join me again on a summer Friday!
    Lisa

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  4. Oh, Sylvia, you've taken me back to so many memories of summers gone by. We have very familiar experiences of that season, including dancing in the rain and catching the drops with my mouth. ;) I can so relate to never longing for it (especially living in Florida), but loving it once it arrives. Oh, yes, and LOVED to play with paper dolls, did so until the age of 16 or so.

    Your pictures are dreamy as usual. All that delicious fruit is calling my name. ;)

    Keep dancing,
    Marcia

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  5. Hi Sylvia,

    Your posts always looks so amazingly beautiful! This one too. You captured the the 'feeling of summer' wonderfully. I liked the way you described it too.

    So far we have had a wet summer, but slowly we get some more sunny days. I think summer is coming at last! Your cupcake, pie and bowl of fruit look delicious.

    Love your bunch of daisies & your new photograph! Did not recognise you at first.

    Happy weekend,

    Madelief x

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  6. Your writing and photography is always so amazing, Sylvia. Simply beautiful! Summer photos at their best, girl! So glad that you're relishing the wonderful summertime and living life to it's fullest! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  7. This is simply amazing photography and words. Thank you for such a sweet and absolutely stunning post.

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  8. Dearest Sylvia...there is sheer bliss here...Summertime Bliss!
    Thank you for sharing your BEAUTIFUL summer memories...
    Your photos are gorgeous beyond words, my friend!!
    Love everything here...this post is an EXPERIENCE to be savored, and you have inspired me to write down some of my favorite childhood summer memories....
    Right now I am enjoying the farmer's market so much...the simple delights!
    Big hugs, and Happy Canada Day! :)
    - Irina

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  9. Yes, my dear....how Sister Alyonushka makes me cry...you too? I simply cannot read it anymore...my nerves are too sensitive :)
    I love Princess and the Frog as well...the message indeed is the same, and you describe it so eloquently, dear friend!
    Thank you for such beautiful words regarding my mom, sweet Sylvia...I pray that she still feels my love.

    Terrific new profile photo, by the way! Tres chic! :))
    Tight hugs,
    - Irina

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  10. The smile grew wider on my face as I read this post, Sylvia! You've captured summertime perfectly in both your words and photographs! :)
    Have a happy one!
    ~ Zuzu

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  11. Wow, what a lovely post! Your pictures are stunning and I really loved your thoughts about Summer. Thanks so much for sharing this post at my Say G'Day Saturday Party. I've just featured it in my weekly features post.

    Hope to see you again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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  12. So nice sharing these summertime pleasures with you through your beautiful photos. It's so easy to be "present" in summer. Everything seems so much sharper. You have given me a beautiful start to my day!

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  13. Sylia,
    Your shots are stunningly beautiful! So far my summer has not been too relaxing...taking the extra time to do some major movearounds in our house ( boys grow older and tastes change)...I am enjoying staying up late watching movies and sleeping in!
    I hope you had a wonderful Canada Day,
    Nathalie

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  14. GREAT POST:)the pics are amazing.
    Your blog is so wonderful..do you have twitter or fb to follow with??

    If you want some cute swedish decor inspiration...check out my new post:)

    Have a great weekend

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (sweden)

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  15. Oh, your photos get me every time. So beautiful, so delicious! Thanks for your kind comment on my new dishes! :)

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  16. Hello dear friend!
    Just stopping by to wish you a wonderful week....and to revel in the beauty of your stunning photography...
    Much love,
    - Irina

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  17. AWWW thank you so much for sweet words on my blog:)

    I hope you come and visit me soon, I have more Swedish decor inspiration for you:)
    Have a great day.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se

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  18. Lovely! A happy weekend to you, Stephie x

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  19. Oh, sweet friend,
    I so enjoyed relishing
    summer's pleasures
    with you, here. Even
    just sitting outside on
    the deck while my
    husband grills is such
    a treat, when you consider
    what our climate is like
    the rest of the year!
    I hope that you are truly
    soaking it all in.....Your
    pictures are stunning!

    xo Suzanne

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  20. What an absolutely delightful post, Sylvia! You've captured so much of the magic of summer in words and images (and food). Thanks so much for stopping by Paris By Two last month as part of Anita's party. I've been traveling and just catching up now. all the best, Georgianna

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  21. i'm dreaming whit your photos!!! very masterpiece!!!!
    Manu

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  22. Stopping in to send a hug!
    Hope all is marvelous with you, dear friend....
    Much love,
    - Irina

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  23. My sweet, sweet Sylvia! HOW WONDERFUL of you to come to visit me, in the middle of your busy summer! Oh how I missed you all when I was away for a week, but it truly was a page-turner of a visit with my friend. OK, these donut peaches.....I have eaten my share this summer and what I love is when you bit into them and the juice squirts out EVERYWHERE! Messy, sticky hands and face and sweet memories are what I love about summer fruits. ENJOY YOUR family, old friends and creative process this summer my dear. What a beautiful season we have had; it has been very HOT, but nonetheless STUNNING!

    Be well my dear friend, Anita

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  24. Sylvia~ I'm trying to get caught up! What a feast for the eyes and taste buds you've captured with your photos! I need to slow down to savor the last bit of summer~ thanks for the reminder :)

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