Summertime

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Hello readers! Wow, I took a long hiatus there. This summer hit like a freight train. I thought I would have a bit more time to spend on blogging, and relaxing in general, but it seems my weekends are packed. This is a good thing-I am not complaining.  It is just that summer in Vermont is so fleeting and so jam packed to the gills with work, plans, fun, that it can make it very hard to savor slowly. You can imagine long days of summer starting early with mornings on porches with coffee, afternoons of biking, hiking, gardening that seem endless, leisurely naps and lunches in the sun, and ending with amazing dinners of fresh foods from the garden, and cocktails with friends and family. Perfect! My summer so far has had some of these things, not specifically all in one day. I have had to work a lot for my day job, which is to be expected as summer is the high season for lots of seasonal work. But I have had the chance to do a bit of summer savoring; a weekend trip to Jamestown and Newport Rhode Island with my favorite person, chilling in Winooski with more of my favorite people, and enjoying the barn farm's extensive garden as it unfolds. I might add that I get a flare up of anxiety as I look across my Outlook calendar as every weekend is filled. Not enough time! I want time to relax, unwind, and really observe the Summer as it happens. New england summer in nature is a rapid explosion of energy and beauty. I guess it would be expected that it would feel this way to us humans as well. It reminds me of a book I read awhile ago about a man who decided to just live by the ocean for one year and just Observe nature. Such an amazing read, and it is on par with Walt Whitman and Edward Abbey for those of you into that sort of thing, The Outermost House. I could totally do that, but maybe for one month.

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Beautiful views and tide pool action at Beavertail State Park

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These are some shots of the beach roses in Newport RI. We happened to get there for the combined blooming of honeysuckle and rose. The air smelled like a concoction of briny salt and jasmine. We also noticed that their were little hummingbird nests in the rosebushes. Good real estate for those little guys I guess!

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Homeade jam, jasmine tea, and hanging out in Winooski with friends.

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The gardens where I live. Unbelievable collection of tree peonies!

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Did I mention this shaggy beauty?

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer thus far! I am setting some goals to relax as much as possible, not get stressed by my schedule and work (haha), hike a different mountain every weekend, and spend time in nature during my weekdays, even if its just in the garden. I feel the anticipation of summer into fall projects, like canning tomatoes, pickling,etc. Whoa! Getting ahead of myself!