Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Inspiration: Last of Summer's Fruit

Growing up, the end of each summer was a bittersweet time for me.   
  • As a child, summer meant days with more chores, but more free time playing out of doors with neighbor friends too. Fall involved trading all that in for homework after school.   
  • The end of summer meant the closing of the swimming pool where my sister and I spent our days.   
  • It was an exciting back-to-school time of picking out new school supplies and some new clothing and shoes, meeting new teachers, and one last trip to the Dairy Joy with Mom to get a special soft-serve ice cream treat--usually a twist cone with one side chocolate and one side vanilla swirled high above the cone.    
  • And it meant it was about time to clean up the garden we worked in with Dad, the end of hoeing and weeding in the heat, but also the end of the home-grown fruits and vegetables.*
In our garden we grew... vegetables (corn, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, green beans, onions, Japanese eggplant, lettuce, cabbage, beets, and more).   We also had fruit:  strawberry, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew vines; huckleberry bushes; and apple, peach and plum trees.   It was so good to have fresh food from the trees and garden, and it was fun (as well as hard work) to be a part of helping it grow.   
Sadly, I admit I can get nothing to grow in my current soil except perennial flowers.   I enjoy these immensely, but buy my fruits and veggies elsewhere.   Still, I hate to see summer come to an end with all the good fruit!   (Soon, it will be apples, imported oranges and bananas for much of the winter.) 

So here is a little last "hurrah!" for a few of my favorite summer fruits (...and a few pieces of jewelry that remind me of them, of course!)

Sweet, juicy, slightly bumpy, red!

Similar in taste, color, & texture to a peach, 
but without the fuzzy skin!

Green grapes:  a tasty tart alliteration!

Watermelon slices -- with seeds or seedless, 
delightful either way!

Blueberries:  Seems like the larger ones are sweeter 
& the smaller ones more tart...
Great excuse to pop several in your mouth at once!

Enjoy the end of Summer, while it lasts...  Enjoy the fruits, while they last...   And prepare to welcome Autumn soon!    

Best wishes,


*This entry is dedicated to my sister, who shares my childhood memories of gardening, swimming, back-to-school rituals, and summers with Mom and Dad.


2) All other photographs & jewelry by Sharyl, 2011.

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