“Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.”
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
You made summer… and gave it to the earth.
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
The blossoms appear in the countryside. The time of singing has come, and the turtledove’s cooing is heard in our land.
Song of Solomon 2:12
“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...”
Susan Polis Schutz
“Whenever the sun is shining, I feel obligated to play outside!”
Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 1: 1950-52
“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
“Summer's lease hath all too short a date.”
William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Please do enjoy these fleeting summer days, dear readers! We plan to do a little dancing in in the sun ourselves... we'll be back after a much needed rest in July!
Summer blessings on you all
LuAnn, Jo and Julie