“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~Henry James

Summer, it seems, is finally pushing her way through the cloud cover and settling in for a spell.  The peonies are about to burst and the roses are climbing fence and air to put on their summer show.  The kids are ants-in-their-pants excited about the end of the school year next week. We’ll have a few weeks to drive each other crazy, and then on to the good times.

The plan is to attend an English summer wedding, tool around London, and later return to the USA for a few weeks visiting family and friends.  (Potential thieves and stalkers beware, our home will be occupied!) Our US vacation plans include meeting up with our best friends and joining them for a lake holiday in Maryland.  I live a stone’s throw from Lake Zurich and a short drive from the most beautiful hiking in the world, and I am paying good money to stay near a lake and go hiking in (of all places) Maryland.  The irony of this is not lost on me. These are some really good friends. I also probably needn’t remind you of the “Gastrointestinal Grief of Vermont ’09”.  I’m hoping to escape a repeat.

I’m off to enjoy the sun and pinch a few roses to scatter about the house.  The smallest things bring the greatest summertime pleasures, don’t you think?



  • Suz

    Next time you will have to invite your friends to see your lake and hike in your mountains! That is funny!

  • The photos of those roses are breathtaking.

    As I’ve never been to Maryland, I cannot comment, but I have seen Lake Zurich and know that is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Have fun in the US!

  • deb

    I love love each of these photos for different reasons.