Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Elusive, Irrepressible Summer...

Ah, summer: a time when--if you're like us and without air conditioning--you sleep on top of cool sheets, the fan blowing at full speed; thunderstorms rumble from afar in the late afternoon; and life seems to quicken and slow, all at the same time.

I thought I'd include some summertime quotes for your reading enjoyment. The photos here are from a wonderful week at the Lawdy Mercy beachhouse, with wonderful friends and family.

"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world."
~ Ada Louise Huxtable

"The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn: the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me."
~ James Russell Lowell

"The Summer looks out from her brazen tower,
Through the flashing bars of July."
~ Francis Thompson

"The summer night is like a perfection of thought."
~ Wallace Stevens

"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance."
~ Jane Austen

"Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light
And she sits on a sapphire throne."
~ Barry Cornwall