Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Memories are made of these...

It is a beautiful crisp, dry day with clear blue skies and a nip in the air and the joy from my youngest when he discovers he has 'Dragon Breath'. The camper van broke down today so alas it was a walk to school...When we saw the conker trees we just had to stop and pick up conkers, it was at this moment I knew that the summer had ended. The nights are drawing in and the warmth of the sun is only slight. When we sat round the supper table and enjoyed a candle lit meal (great for getting greens into the little one) I knew I had to face facts... So today I say goodbye to the summer and all that it means to me and remember a few of the bits that will carry me through the cold winter months. The results from the summers beach combing with a memory in every pebble, shell and sea glass, the most worn outfit...
The jewels that came from the beach (see necklaces above and below) A pretty shell with a whole in just the right place and a beach pebble worn away by the sea, I am wearing this everyday at the moment... The memories of the garden play, hours and hours of just enjoying the simple pleasure of the children playing, Mommy knitting or sewing and lots, I will say that again, LOTS of splashing. Ice cream, outdoor painting, camping, swimming, sand castles and beach huts, this summer had it all, not to mention an amazing amount of RAIN...On the creative side, the knitted mice took over the house, I learnt to crochet on a beach, my 'Linda' memory quilt was made, lots of yummy yarn and fabric was stashed away. The kids being creative as usual, I encouraged them to use what was around them and their learning through play was all about fabric, from a visit to a working mill, watching my oldest work the sewing machine for the first time to tie dying in the back garden...
SO today is the acceptance that will allow me to let go of this special season and for me to enjoy the Autumn delights...

Music of the summer...It has to be Jamiroquai and especially 'this corner of the earth' this may or not be the title, this is from memory...yep I really have played it that many times...
'Little darling don't you see the sun is shinning just for you if you hurry you can get a ray.
Like every humming bird and bumble bee, every flower, cloud and every tree I feel so much a part of it.
Nature has got me high and its beautiful, This corner of the earth is like me in many ways, I could just sit here for hours.
I am blessed when the sunlight comes for FREE...'
Yep that's my summer!

18 comments:

de vliegende koe said...

Wonderful post! I hope you enjoy Autumn as much!

Sarah and Jack said...

Those beach cottages just kill me with their goodness. Need a holiday visitor next summer? We won't eat much! (wink)

anne bebbington said...

those beach huts are awesome!

French Knots said...

Your pebble pendant looks lovely against Manda's cushion.
Summer is my fav season, everything seems better when the sun shines.

julie said...

what a beautiful tribute to a wonderful summer (even if we didn't get as much sun as we'd have liked). It's strange to be putting away all of the summer clothes and getting out winter woolies again. I do love autumn but it always has a kind of bitter sweet melancholy to it. Mind you through the eyes of a child every season has it's magic - like discovering dragon's breath! Precious.

Sarah said...

Goodbye summer - this is such a lovely post - thank you for sharing your memories.

I love the change of seasons and how much there is to notice going on around you - each one I like for different reasons - this autumn feels particularly lovely to me, I am loving the smell of fallen leaves.

mrsnesbitt said...

As I sit here reading your blog my hubby is downstairs lighting the Aga. We had hoped to see September out without having to light it, but needs must and we need to be warm.

Yes, Autumn is here!
A good idea though to post summer memories...those beach huts are like some in Whitby!

Dxx

Freshly Found said...

I can tell your children are a delight to you. Hope school has gone well for you and your child. I well remember the stress of sending my eldest daughter to school. I found it very difficult. But you know what! They grow up and now I am facing a different stress/excitement. She gets married next year. Ah the joy [and pain] of being a mom!

julia said...

Hope you littlest enjoyed his first full day at school - it's hard to let go isn't it?

What a lovely post, I'm not quite ready to say bye bye to the crocs yet, so they've been relegated to "putting out washing" shoes!

Julia x

Caroline said...

How funny - we do "being Dragons" too, and my crocs are also by the patio doors for wearing for putting the washing out!!

weirdbunny said...

I so happy that you had a brilliant summer. I've laid summer to rest this week as well.

Today I wore my wool and cashmere red riding hod cape (last years bargin buy.) The weather was crisp but the sky clear blue. My hall is filling up with pumpkins from the garden, and there's carrier bags of collected conkers everywhere.

Oh and I'm doing beef casserole for tea tommorow, now that is autumn food ~ love Julia x
(oh and I must remember to put you on my blogs side bar tommorow - home all day !)

Nell said...

I love the crocs with the little lady bug. And that's saying a LOT for me.

I especially like the hoodie behind it.

I wish late summer lasted forever. Not the blazing heat of July. But the Indian Summer of September. It's always so nostalgic and soft.

Monkee Maker said...

LOVE that song! And your marvellous photos again. Ever thought of making it into a career?

Happy Autumn to you!

thehomelyyear said...

Hi, I'm always a bit sad at the end of summer. We've had the heating on for the first time today and we've been lighting a fire every night (that I do like!) You have some lovely memories of summer though to carry through the dark evenings.
Margaret and Noreen at THY

rosie said...

reading about your summer fills me with such excitement as ours is on its way! I love summer so much and can get a bit down in the long winter months. You sound like yours was priceless!

Cathy said...

It sounds like you have heaps of memories to sustain you through the winter months! Hope the next seasons bring you as many memories.
Cathy X

mellyandrosie said...

aaaawww, I feel so sorry for you seeing an end to summer - for us we are in the anticipation of summer stage and the weather improves a little each day, teasing us with tastes of warm sunshine. What beautiful photos - those beach shacks are so cute and bright - inspiring!! =)

cloth.paper.string said...

great collection of beach finds! and those cottages are so so dear -- would make me think of summer even in the darkest of days!