Monday, August 13, 2007

Bullets of Summer

  • It has been unbearably hot this summer, and as a result, I have been even lazier than normal. I just do not have a good tolerance for heat. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Gimme 75 or gimme winter. Summer used to be my favorite season. When did it get so evil?

  • However, I have been getting restless, and the house has been getting filthy. Who can stand to clean in this torridity? I buckled down this weekend and did a bit of both hiking and cleaning. My bathroom is sparkling, I tell you, sparkling!

  • Hay-scented fern, Dennstaedtia punctilobula

  • Plus the Saturday morning run to the farmer's market, where I bought some heirloom cucumbers at three for a dollar. The one we finished in the salads tonight was amazing, super crisp and flavorful.

  • Sunday we drove down to Upland Woods Park, where I had the fervent hope that it might be cooler, which it may have been. Except the terrain is somewhat rugged there and we did more than our share of sweating hoofing up those hills.

  • It was so lovely in the woods. There were essentially no bugs, as there has been a distinct lack of rain lately. All the streambeds we passed on the 4.7 miles hike were dry.

  • As an added bonus, the blackberries are just starting to ripen. I picked a few handfuls to supplement the quart of water I was rationing. And in my book, there's not much better than foraging for berries on a hike in the woods.

    Nadine said...

    No! NO winter!

    Lovely ferns.

    Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

    I see I am falling way behind again, AK!

    No time to read right now.

    I think it's been abnormally hot this year and the past several years. UGH! I hate heat too--spring and fall have been getting shorter.

    Aliki2006 said...

    I agree with you--summer HAS become evil. The heat, the bugs, the draining humidity. Blech.

    Electronic Goose said...

    Oh the woods sound lovely.