The last days of summer

I felt happy this morning when I woke up to a golden-red glow in the sky that is usually the precursor of a storm. 'Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning', goes the old adage. Today, it was perfectly true. I am writing this to the staccato rhythm of pouring rain and crashes and booms of thunder. The swallows have returned again, heralding the end of one season and the start of the next. Even the rain does not stop them from their incessant, happy chirping. They lift up my spirits with their twittering as nothing seems to dampen their spirits. I must learn to be more like the swallows.

Sincerely Loree: Ghadira Bay,   Malta

Last week, when I wrote Frayed at the edges, I was complaining about the heat and the lack of rain. A few hours after that post went live, the rain came. Almost as if I had called it. And it returned this weekend. Everything looks so much the better and cleaner for it and, although I know the heat and humidity will return, the promise of a new season is there. Autumn is just one more week away and so it is time to celebrate the last days of summer.

Sincerely Loree: Gnejna Bay,   Malta

Perhaps because we didn't travel anywhere and no one came to visit us, this summer seemed longer than ever. But even I cannot help but mourn the end of summer. In many ways, this one has been relaxing. I tried to march to the beat of my own drum. Doing things when I felt like it and  not necessarily according to any schedule. And I think it worked. It wasn't as carefree as I would have liked because COVID was, and still is, there in the background, threatening to strike if we let down our guard. But this year we've had fun. We've been swimming more times than has ever been possible in all the years we have been married, even going to some beaches that I hadn't visited in years. Indeed, I think the last time I went to one of them was an odd 40 years ago, when I was just a child.

Sincerely Loree: Ghar Lapsi,   Malta

This August, we finally went to Trattoria Zero Sei: Roman cuisine right in the heart of  Valletta. We were told that all the workers are from Rome and, apart from the excellent food and super-fast service, they were excellent hosts, making us feel right at home in that very Italian and unique way. It's definitely another restaurant we will be visiting again.

Sincerely Loree: Trattoria Zero Sei, Valletta, Malta

So where am I going with all this? Probably nowhere. I suppose I just want to celebrate the last few days of a dying season because, now that the weather has broken, I tend to forget how hot and horrible August was. Instead I'll think of sun-kissed skin, sun dresses, sandals, straw hats and linen pants. I will remember the juicy peaches we ate, the sweet-as-nectar local grapes and the prickly pears - nice and cold, straight out of the fridge. I will sigh with longing over long and lazy summer afternoons spent napping and reading (alternately) on our  couch. And I will wonder when the cicadas and crickets will be back - the first shattering the peace with its ear-splitting screech and the second lulling us to sleep with its gentle song.

But right now its time for a week of lasts: last barbecue, last swim (although if the heat returns we could be swimming right into October), last ice-cream (that's highly debatable), last chance to make memories before the chilly days return.

Sincerely Loree: Ghar Lapsi,   Malta

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Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Delightful post!
Being at one of those beaches in yiur beautiful photos would be a nice celebration for the end of this summer. I am sad to see it go, but not so sad to frown at autumn.

Debbie Nolan said...

I know you are looking forward to more comfortable weather. Your photos Loree are breathtakingly beautiful. Hope these last days of summer are kind as you move forward to Autumn. Hugs!

La Contessa said...

WONDERFUL POST AND WONDERFUL THAT RAIN!!!!
AMAZING WHAT WE CAN DO BY JUST DREAMING OF SOMETHING!!!
Do you realize in TWO DAYS it will be SIX MONTHS SINCE COVID CAME INTO OUR LIVES AND WE WERE HOME FOR THE MOST OF THESE SIX MONTHS!!!
Now we CALIFORNIANS have poor air quality due to the RAGING FIRES!Today is the first day in over a week where I can see the sky!!!
Lots of READING GOT DONE HERE TOO...................XX

Gattina said...

So many people go to Malta on holidays because it is a holiday destination and you live there, so you don't need to go on holidays, lol ! Since 3 days we are cooking in a heat wave up to 35° ! Had to stay inside in the dark to keep the heat out. It was only nice in my car and in the shops with air condition.

Pipistrello said...

Isn't it wonderful to be able to revisit some old haunts? Such a lovely post, Loree!

Janey and Co. said...

Pretty Pictures. That sandy beach is very appealing.
This has been a strange summer, we spend ours high in the San Juan mountains of Colorado in a tiny mining town. We will be headed home to Texas in about ten days. Probably should stay here since they have had 0 cases of Covid for the last four months.

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