An ode to summer…
All good things must come to an end.
I cant believe this year the sadness I feel saying goodbye to summer. Probably because it has been the best one I can remember in a long time.
Everything seems possible in summer; love: escape: running fearlessly into the ocean. Its a once a year release warming you to your core (or once a decade, depending on where in the world you live) and gives you the courage you need for the rest of the year. Its those long sweet blistering days, fire hot afternoons that makes you slow down and give yourself reasons to just be still, feel the energy in the air and enjoy those warm and wonderful nights.
Sand castles, sea swimming, BBQ’s, camping, dining alfresco, wearing shorts, blue sky and not a cloud in sight, eating ice cream, making home-made fruit lollies, tarpaulin up to make a shady spot, relief from a cool breeze, salt stains on your skin, no cardigan, dresses, flip flops, that’s all you need.
My favourite summer food memories are:
* at the top of the list it has to be a BBQ any time, any place, it just says summer!
* Second in waiting are dishes of plump beans, rice, salad, hallumi, strawberries, ice cream, cherries and chocolate cake eaten under the pink sky knowing tomorrow will be just as good
* or fish and chips eaten on the pier with the sun still in the sky giving a warming feel; a relief from the burn of the day with a cold cider or beer to wash it down; thirst quenching — gorgeous.
My favourite summer drink memory is an awesome discovery of coconut and rice milk;
* add pineapple juice for a virgin pina colada (add rum for the full monty)
* or cocoa for a delicious hot chocolate. Special stuff.
I will embrace autumn, because ‘autumn is like a second spring where every leaf is flower’ and all that jazz. And I will try through the wet, cold, cosy days to take that carefree summer feeling with me wherever I go, and if not I will look forward to seeing you next year. Bring on in Autumn…
Today the first day of autumn.