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Summer’s offerings

Morning in the meadow
Morning in the meadow

Myths are public dreams.  Dreams are private myths.  By finding your dream world and following it through, it will lead you to the myth world in which you live.

~ Joseph Campbell

Rain garden blueberries
Rain garden blueberries

Summer has been ticking right along here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  Flowers are blooming, berries and other fruits are ripening, vegetables are growing like gangbusters, and we are overrun with rabbits.  We need a fox or some other animal to help thin out the colony.  There must be at least 50 of them hopping around out there.  Probably more.

Someone found their way into the vegetable garden, and he or she is hiding behind the tomatoes and onions.
Someone found their way into the vegetable garden, and he or she is hiding behind the tomatoes and onions.

We have also been blessed with guests.  My brother and his wife were here for a couple of days.  It was a fun visit.  We spent a lot of time in the pool, worrying about nothing except what we were going to have to eat for our next meal.  We talked and laughed and had a great time.

A tiny star
A tiny star in the vines

Tomorrow we’ll have more guests.  Friends from Pennsylvania are going to make their way down here to spend a day or two with us.

Cucumber blossom
Cucumber blossom

Hopefully they will help us eat some vegetables.  Zucchini and yellow squash are doing well this year, and our CSA has stocked us up with enough of both to feed a couple of armies.  I’ve made zucchini and basil soup, pasta with zucchini, grilled zucchini and yellow squash, fried zucchini and yellow squash, and other variations on a squash theme.  This morning I searched for pickled squash recipes, and may give that a try to preserve some of this bounty.

The blue morning glories are blooming.
The blue morning glories are blooming.

Our friends will leave on Sunday, and we’ll get a day or two of rest before M’s sister comes to visit for several days.  As my brother put it, it’s tourist season here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.

First zinnia blooming in the scrounger's garden.
First zinnia blooming in the scrounger’s garden.

It’s lovely having visitors, and I’m looking forward to more.

Marigolds hiding in the mint.
Marigolds hiding in the mint.

The weather is hot and humid.  The sunrises and sunsets have been hazy.  It’s going to be a while before it cools off so it’s best to take it slow and easy, and try to get the outdoor work done in the early mornings.

Queen Anne's Lace
Queen Anne’s Lace

I reckon that’s about it from the ranch on this summery Friday.  Did you have a good week?  What’s your weekend looking like?  Do you have any plans or adventures in the works?

Trumpeting summer
Trumpeting summer

Thank you for dropping in today, and exploring bits of summer with me.  Let’s meet out on the dock at sunset.  There’s always a nice breeze out there.  Sunset is scheduled for 8:30 PM.  It’s best to come about 10-20 minutes early so you don’t miss the sun slipping behind the tree line.  You might want to stay a while after the sun leaves us for the day.  It’s a new moon night, and the stars are amazing.

Virginia creeper
Virginia creeper

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Sweet gum and black-eyed susan.
Sweet gum and black-eyed susan.

 

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Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

17 thoughts on “Summer’s offerings

  1. Bunnies are cute – but that’s an awful lot of them. Need some help from a hawk relocation plan!
    That first picture looks so velvety – what contrast. Beautiful
    (and the marigolds, morning glory and cucumber with drop – really Wowzie!)

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    1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 I keep wondering where the hawks have gone. They must have moved north for the summer. I haven’t seen one since late spring when the weather turned hot.

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  2. Your pictures are always so stunning. I’ll come that suggested few minutes early for the sunset bearing cheeses, fruit, wine, mosquito repellent and my camera.

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  3. Reading through your post I am reminded of the two blessings of summer: beautiful flowers and wonderful times spent in the company of people you love.

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    1. Thank you, Seonaid. 🙂 We have been in this new place for a year, and have been looking forward to finally having visitors (and a place to put them that it isn’t being renovated!).

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  4. Tourist season! I’ll make my reservation. Tell the Virginia Creeper not to turn red just yet please. This weeks’ photo challenge is ‘contrast’ and I see so much of that in your photos!

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    1. We have several openings over the next two months, Dawn. Come on over anytime. We can always find room. 🙂 I wondered about that Virginia Creeper turning red so soon. Everything happens so fast here for a while, and then it sort of stops for a while until the shorter days of autumn arrive and the goldenrod and asters bloom. July and August are dormant months of green except for those little changes in color when red starts to appear on the vines and sumac trees.

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  5. Glad you are enjoying your company, Robin. How wonderful to be able to visit others~~then to have folks come and visit you. I was admiring wildflowers yesterday and thinking how utterly alive they look when they’re first born before the hazards of life weigh upon them. Isn’t that an odd thing to ponder?

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    1. I don’t know if it’s an odd thing to ponder, Kathy, but it sure is an interesting musing. I suppose flowers are just like us, all fresh and new and open and lovely before they get battered about by the rain and wind and sun and life in general. My odd pondering today as I was out admiring the wildflowers was how many patterns in nature are repeated over and over, as if there is a message there we should be getting that somehow gets lost in the translation.

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