Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hunger sent us out with milk-cans, pea-tins, jam-pots where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots

I mentioned yesterday that I can't get summer off my mind, which is somewhat unusual for me because I'm not a fan of boiling hot temperatures and air so humid and dense you can hardly breathe. Nevertheless, I find myself daydreaming of long summer nights, sitting outside listening to insect chatter, sipping fruity drinks, and having nothing at all to do. Right now that sounds like heaven to me. Here are a few of my very favorite things about summer:

(Source: JC Richardson)
Fireflies (or lightning bugs, depending on your local vernacular).

(Source: sierramills)
Ice cream cones. Don't get me wrong, I eat ice cream year-round (even when it's freezing out), but there's something about summer that makes me crave it in a cone.

(Source: *Austin*)
Freckles, especially on shoulders and noses.

(Source: epicharmus)
Swimming pools. I'm not a particularly strong swimmer, but I've always loved hanging out in pools.

(Source: Kevin H)
Watching movies outside. This is a photo from Screen on the Green, which happens every summer on the mall in DC (you can sort of see the side of the Capitol building behind the screen). Usually, they show old classic films, though it looks like a cartoon here.

(Source: Doug Mahugh)
Fruity drinks, not necessarily alcoholic, just something sweet and citrusy and cold.

By the way, I am fully prepared to eat my words when it's 100 degrees outside and my apartment building is an inferno.

What do you love or hate about summer?

*Post title is from the poem, "Blackberry Picking" by Seamus Heaney.


  1. Thanks for the tips! I definitely agree with you about feeling like time is more well utilized when things are busy...I am really looking forward to having a schedule again!

    Oh, and I love your title, what is it a quote from?

  2. Summer certainly has a soft spot in my heart especially when Mr. and I sneak out of the house and eat tomatoes in our garden by the light of the moon :)

  3. I am so ready for summer too! I love everything you mentioned about summer too! I also love popsicles, flipflops, great beaches, cute sundresses, and bbq's.

  4. I love summer! I am anxiously awaiting my first fire fly sighting. We are catch and releasers. I treasure every moment catching them with my 8 yr soon he will think it no longer cool. He gives each firefly a name before he lets it go..all very random..Theodore..Juan..Dexter..Elanore.. I love my crazy little man! My favs are fireflies, summer foods, vacation to the midwest to see our family, 4th of July and fireworks, parades, the smell of Coppertone and honeysuckle!

  5. I forgot garden tomatoes and cucumbers!!

  6. This is such a sweet post! I'm ready for sunshine and summer too.


  7. I love ice cream and cold fruit! Here in my city we still have pouring rain in the evening, no summer at all.


  8. Lol, I hope you don't have to eat your words! My favorite thing about summer is napping outside in the shade!

  9. I was immediately transported to that field, among the fireflies!

    I'd take Spring over Summer anytime, but perhaps the fact that this Spring has turned out so chilly and rainy is making Summer extra desirable...

  10. @HarmlessColor I sent you an email about the poem with a link.

  11. Fireflies, swimming pools and drive-ins? Yes, please! I can't wait for starry night sky front porch conversations and the smell of suntan lotion.