Friday, August 20, 2010

Ouick, Before I Miss It!


Suddenly, summer is ending. I’ve been so pre-occupied with the drama of my life that I’ve almost missed the whole season. So, today, I slowed down to a crawl and forced myself to forget about everything else except enjoying the delights of August.

I wandered around the yard to see what was still blooming and ran into so many butterflies. Then, I ate three peaches in a row. This is a good year for peaches, so sweet and full of flavor.

I tried to coax the horses out of the barn to sit with me in the pasture, but they were too hot. After hosing them off, I left them in the cool shade of Siete’s stall. My next-door neighbor called to me from over the fence. She wanted to give me some vegetables from her garden. Green beans, summer squash and fabulous tomatoes are now overflowing on the table in my kitchen as I conjure up some recipes. There’s a loaf of Italian bread and lots of basil in my window garden, so bruschetta comes to mind. I’ve got this wonderful balsamic vinegar and some olive oil that a friend sent me from her own olive grove in California, which I’ve saved for a special occasion. And here it is.

Ah, summer!

9 comments:

detroit dog said...

Wonderful!

Breathe said...

Thinking of you at Summer's end. I know it's been a tough one.

We just received a gift of pears. They are so wonderful, baked and covered in a bit of cinnamon.

Kate said...

Siete looks unimpressed, but I loved your descriptions of the delights of summer.

Victoria Cummings said...

Kate - Siete was probably thinking, "The grass is all brown and we need rain. I'm sweating and itchy and I don't like tomatoes. Where are the carrots?"

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Looks like Siete is thinking, "Ahhh summer...I can't wait until it's over and the cool, breezy, fly-less days of Autumn arrive" hehe!

Mmmm on the peaches. Our peach tree gave a small harvest a couple weeks ago, but I was so appreciative because I thought that the later freezes destroyed all the blooms.
We were still able to enjoy a few smoothies, some fresh peach juice to have dribble down our chins, and I even made 60 oz of fresh peach freezer jam. Not too bad.

I envy the garden harvest gift from your neighbor, though. Noone grew or had any success with their gardens around here.

Enjoy your tastes of summer.

~Lisa

JennyB said...

Oh my goodness, I need to come have supper at your place! Sounds YUMMY!!!

John and Regina Zdravich said...

Love the picture of the horse peeking out of the stall...
we have a garden again this year, and the fresh vegegables are the best! I've been cooking them with eggs, pasta, throwing them on the grill, you name it! It has been wonderful...

billie said...

We've had a wonderful harvest this summer from our first November Hill garden, grown in the gorgeous compost our horses have given us for the past 5 years - but I have to say we're getting the same equine expressions this summer. It's been hot and itchy and I'm not quite sure why - but it's clear they are all ready for fall. Me too! Enjoy your end of summer!

William Evertson said...

Hi Victoria, enjoy the rest of your summer. Been going through something very similar with my mom. I know it's hard to find the time for much in that situation.