Promise of Summer

As the grasses begin to head, even the cool weather can’t deny the promise of summer.

The first fawn of the year moves in the shadows.

We take to the beach for an afternoon weekend read.

There is a heron fishing in the shallows.

Finally it catches a dinner.

We promise ourselves many more days like this – it is the promise of summer.

Sprout question: What is your promise of summer?

STUDY OF BLUE  solo exhibition opens Thursday June 30, 2011.

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31 thoughts on “Promise of Summer

      • Terrill,
        Have you seen any of Richard’s ( Arts Wed Show) videos and poetry…one talented entertainer and I admire his ability to make a crepe on video! He draws and paints too…I think you will enjoy his work.

      • Oh I am glad Patricia that you got to check Richard’s sight out. I have only had a chance to take a quick look as I scramble through to deadlines while nursing a cold into compliance.

        Dear readers, Patricia is referring to Richard North and his personal projects at Arts Web Show. Enjoy!

  1. Hi Terrill,
    My promise of summer is to enjoy the swimpond we worked so hard building last summer. I know there are many finishing details to be done, but I will allow myself to take the time to dangle my feet, have friends and family over, and to swim. So glad we began that process on the May long weekend with so much family and that even at 17 degrees Celsius there were those who couldn’t resist the lure of the pond. Take care, Sue

    • Sue I hope you saw last weeks post with Arrow jumping in the pool. It was an awesome weekend and it sounds like you enjoyed it as much as I did. I wish you many days of poolside pleasure over the summer.

  2. We had a few hours of sunshine to celebrate a friends 65th birthday on Saturday and now wind, rain and cold again. Working on getting the house painted and hoping for summer sometime soon as our company from Denmark is due on the 18th and we would like to be all tidy for their arrival.

    This will be the summer of a 5 week bike trip through the Cascades for my partner from BC to Mexico…and I will be looking forward to several weddings one in the desert and one in the Rocky Mountains…Think those might just be the big moment of heat for me.

    definitely the summer of listening

    Nice pictures – I of course, love reading on the beach !

    • On your bike trip, how close shall you be to the Canadian Gulf Island’s Patricia? Mayne Island can be cycled but is a lot of up and down or are you traveling by motor bike? Your trip sounds fabulous even if we are not able to connect when you are over this way. I wish you the most promising summer ever.

      • It is my husband’s bike trip and they are starting in Friday Harbor then over to the mountain passes and then south. I am staying at home with Puppy – Zip and watering the garden and keeping the home fires burning so to speak ( and with this weather that may be true)

        All of the bikes are two wheelers with legs as engine power. 2 of the bikers have been across the whole of USA the northern route and then the southern route on their bikes…but then they are retired and my partner is still in the trenches.

        I think it will be a fabulous trip and adventure.

        I will have an out of house experience as my niece is getting married in Bozeman MT the first of August….and Zip has been invited to our neighbors wedding and we are taking her dog – Brodie at Lake Chelan in July. I have the opportunity to write some beautiful words…

    • On your bike trip, how close shall you be to the Canadian Gulf Island’s Patricia? Mayne Island can be cycled but is a lot of up and down or are you traveling by motor bike? Your trip sounds fabulous even if we are not able to connect when you are over this way. I wish you the most promising summer ever.

  3. Beautiful photos. I can’t wait to see the adorable new guy (or was it a girl) in our neighbourhood.
    A simple wish: Stop and smell the flowers. And, of course, follow the lead of your good husband and sit in the sun while I read–more.

    • Leanne the little fellow (male or female unidentified) is not exactly in our immediate neighbourhood but I am sure we shall see our new fawns soon as well. I was ove on the northwest side of the island when I spotted this small gem. One of the people who lived over there said that she figured we were going to have to pay taxes pretty soon. We do love the beach at Reef Bay. Seems there is more sun there than anywhere else and it is not a hiking place but rather a sit and be place. Wishing you much reading on the beach this summer!

  4. The promise of summer is all ready here for us! I look forward to fresh veggies from our garden, and from the Local farmers markets.
    The other promise of summer is one Solo Exhibit, and a shared exhibit that I am aware of thus far. The opportunity to be out and about to take photos to commune with nature, the interact with friends and friends I have not met yet.

    Lovely Photographs, they are so telling of what you are experiencing thus far.

  5. I’m a day late, but not a dollar short…

    Terrill – The fawn is precious! And reading on the beach looks scrumptious. In the photo “Finally it catches a dinner” there appears to be a home across the way, down near the water. Ohhhhhh, it seems that they’d have a phenomenal view with a dreamy forest backdrop.

    Sprout question: What is your promise of summer?

    To have many (!) more days like the one we spent yesterday (Memorial Day for us) cooking out in the back yard with family. It was a genuine GIFT of a day.

    [Pssssst…I just went to write your solo exhibition date in my planner and it doesn’t match what you have written. I see June 27th as a Monday — you’ve got Thursday).

    • oh Laurie, thank you so much for your “pssst!’ Fortunate, following my heart almost stopping after reading your note, when I checked the invitations and the other posts about the show they are all correct. The opening is Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 7-9 pm. It closes on July 27, 2011 which is where I made the error. I have now corrected the past seven or so posts with the correct date. If you were here in front of me I would give you the biggest most relieved hug of gratitude. Thank you!

      Yes more backyard family and friends gatherings is the ticket. And I don’t often show the houses at Reef Bay but there are many along the coast line. My eye is most often directed towards the sea and I hardly notice that they are there unless an otter runs across a lawn or something.

      • Terrill – Oh dear, I didn’t mean to give you heart failure. I’m so glad to know that the only mis-prints were on just a few of your recents posts, and that all of the invitations are perfect!

        Now that your adrenaline is pumping to beat the band, this would be a good time to punch bread dough, mow the yard, and chop firewood 🙂

      • Exactly Laurie, I washed all the lunch dishes by hand rather than putting them in the dishwasher and ran up and down the stairs to the loft a half a dozen times… does that count?

  6. I am admiring your fawn shot (and kind of envious). What a delight! And the lounging at the beach. And the fishing heron. Really lovely, Terrill. My promise of summer is a visit with my daughter in NYC (next week), a couple of months of beautiful weather in the woods and at the lake, and then a wrap-up visit to my parents (with daughter) at the end of August. Really looking forward to all of it!

    • Kathy I could feel you at my shoulder as I was taking the photo of the fawn and the heron. Having walk so many trails with you through your blog it comes easily. While you are in NYC I hope you get to go to an art gallery or three… and then I will standing beside you feeling kind of envious – in a good way of course. May your summer with your family be all that you wish.

    • Hello Dave and welcome to Creative Potager! I enjoyed a quick browse of your “Creative Chai” site. Lovely! Yes the heron was not to concerned about “the reading guy.” Which was great because it is wonderful to be able to see these birds in action. Mind you, the heron might have been more hungry than nervous. I can imagine me making a decision like that.

  7. Summer is justa round the corner and these photos do paint a most pleasing picture, especially after one of the worst winter seasons in memory. Our promise, Terrill, is to travel to our seaside refuge with teh family to enjoy summer’s most sensory elements–the sand, the ocean, the boadwalk, the intense heat and humidity, the outdoor pool, the visit to “Lobster Shack,” the famed atery along the wharf over the Cape May Bridge on Cape Cod, and the lighthouse and townhouses. It’s a vivid picture, and one that always comes into clearer focus when the hot weather begings to move in.

    Being that I am very close to NYC I’ll go with this lyric. Ha!

    (Love and Spoonful)

    Hot town, summer in the city
    Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
    Been down, isn’t it a pity
    Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city

    All around, people looking half dead
    Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

    But at night it’s a different world
    Go out and find a girl
    Come-on come-on and dance all night
    Despite the heat it’ll be alright

    And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity
    That the days can’t be like the nights
    In the summer, in the city
    In the summer, in the city

    Cool town, evening in the city
    Dressing so fine and looking so pretty
    Cool cat, looking for a kitty
    Gonna look in every corner of the city
    Till I’m wheezing like a bus stop
    Running up the stairs, gonna meet you on the rooftop

    But at night it’s a different world
    Go out and find a girl
    Come-on come-on and dance all night
    Despite the heat it’ll be alright

    And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity
    That the days can’t be like the nights
    In the summer, in the city
    In the summer, in the city

    Hot town, summer in the city
    Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
    Been down, isn’t it a pity
    Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city

    All around, people looking half dead
    Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

    But at night it’s a different world
    Go out and find a girl
    Come-on come-on and dance all night
    Despite the heat it’ll be alright

    And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity
    That the days can’t be like the nights
    In the summer, in the city
    In the summer, in the city

    • Sam, I am suffering through, with humble respect, – the common summer cold. Your comment and lyrics are just what I needed. I have been meaning to make it by and have a good read on your promising new review of “The Tree of Life” film. I leave the link here for others to drop in while I take a little nap before my stuffy head leaves my brains immobile. I shall be by soon.

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