As energizing as Autumn is, I’m feeling a bit resistant to the change of season with its shortening light and cold mornings. I want more Summer. I like being hot. I want more pond swimming. We only went to the beach once.
Even though this summer felt abbreviated and bipolar, there were highlights. Garden food: kale, chard, mustard greens, string beans, red okra, beets, pink amaranth, eggplant, garlic, plentiful summer squash… in fact the only produce we’ve bought since May is watermelon, lemons, limes and onions. Visits to Chris’s family house in Osterville were favorite getaways. Before I met him I’d only been to the Cape a handful of times. Its generous outer Cape beaches and clear kettle ponds, favorite restaurants and time away to walk, swim, write, sleep, cook and fish in Chris’s skiff were therapeutic and sweet; a refuge.
Blogging, with its multiple components, is modern-day scrap-booking, helping me hold on a little longer and stretch out time like the ribbons of saltwater taffy I watched being made in Gloucester when I was a child; to reflect and remember moments as they string together in greater context. It encourages savoring, recording in greater detail, nostalgia.
Here is the recipe we used for our beans. Yum. Thank you summer. Welcome Fall.