"Like a little sailboat in the harbor at eventide, we are becalmed in July. Even the birds seem quieter; all through the day there are periods of deep quiet, a "pervading symphony of peace." We seek the coolest corners, the easiest tasks. From the fields wafts the scent of new-mown hay, and from somewhere in the distance drifts the sounds of the mowers ... On the Fourth of July we tug at the bell rope in the barn and put up the flag to wave in the hot breeze, remembering that after John Adams signed the Declaration of Independence on the first American Fourth of July, he wrote his wife Abigail that he hoped Americans would always make this day one of rejoicing and merrymaking. We follow his wishes willingly."
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(From The New England Butt'ry Shelf Almanac by Mary Mason Campbell, ilustrated by beloved Vermont artist and Americana icon Tasha Tudor. One of my very favorite seasonal books!)
Things I love about July ...
Celebrating the Fourth with my family, hearing fireworks at night, bright orange daylilies popping up along roadsides, the steaminess of Summer, local honey and fresh raspberries at the farm, afternoon thunderstorms, morning muggies, the soothing drone of a fan at night ...
What are your favorite things about July?
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Well, I hope your day's going well, my friends ... I just got back in from a jaunt across town with the boys. We first stopped at a local farm for some pies and honey. Then another stop at the library for this week's hold ... and now we're back home for lunch. A nice, quiet day ... very hot out there though! ... looking forward to another episode of "Father Brown" this evening.
Enjoy your Tuesday, my friends ... see you here again very soon!
P.S. If you're looking for more July ideas, you might enjoy an older post of mine from 2008, Themes & Plans for July. I have it filed in my seasonal planner for annual reference. :)