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Black French Country Clock Summer Time

Saturday, June 23, 2018


A BIG  BLACK  FRENCH  COUNTRY  CLOCK 
MARKS  SUMMER  TIME 

Summer solstice arrived with its greatest number of sunlight hours per day. Summer . . .  we looked forward to you, anticipated your arrival with great happiness. A season of joy cultivated in childhood as school dismissed for summer vacation each year. 

Looking forward to summer is so ingrained in us, we continue to feel the joy each summer even though we do not have a long summer break from our jobs. 

  

Black French Country Clock Summer Time
Time seems to move more slowly in summer at our house. Is it a mind trick caused by more hours of daylight? 



Are the hands of the big black French Country clock on the kitchen table moving more slowly? 



Black French Country Clock Summer Time On Kitchen Table
Or is it just more sunlight time to spend in the garden, on the beach, or on the porch before darkness settles, calling a close to another day. 



Black French Country Clock Summer Time Pink Rose
A little wistful sigh escaped me when I realized with a start the days are growing shorter. I stopped mid stride for an instant. 

Summer is already ticking away even though it has just begun. 



Black French Country Clock Summer Time Pink Rose And White Heart
That is, the number of daylight HOURS are decreasing. Each day still has 24 hours, just more of them will be covered in darkness with each coming day.   



Black French Country Clock Summer Time Pink Rose And White Heart
We are already counting down the hours of sunlight per day, but summer temperatures have just begun to heat up.  

As quickly as the realization of summer's fleeting hours of sunlight stopped me, came the realization summer time is not limited by the sunshine hours in the day. 



Black French Country Clock Summer Time Pink Rose And White Heart
Summer time is a state of MIND much more than a state of TIME. 

That is why we joyfully anticipate its arrival. 

Summer is a time for rejuvenation, letting go, living with carefree abandon, and closing the books on the previous year. Another by-product of years of living on a school schedule where there is a definite closure before new beginnings in September. 

With each summer day comes time to spend with family and friends enjoying the moment instead of living by a time schedule marked by a clock. 

The clock is just a reminder of where the earth is on its path, circling on its axis. 



What do you LOVE most about summer? 



10 comments:

  1. A beautiful post and a beautiful clock. I love all the seasons, but Winter. In the summer I love working in our yard and the garden. Sitting on the porch to see the Sun rise or set and sipping on a cup of tea. Feeling the warmth of the Sun always makes me feel better no matter how I feel and you will find me on the swing or the chair on the back porch often at this time of the year.

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    1. Thanks, Betty. Clocks and I have an affinity almost as strong as Summer and I do. I love summer, but must admit I love the temperatures in spring and fall better.

      Judith

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  2. I wish my clock could move more slowely...so much to do and so little time :)
    Have a beautiful day!
    Titti

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    1. Titti,
      Oh, yes. Summer days can be lazy, but they can also be filled with frantic work, racing against the season to get all the out door projects completed.

      Judith

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  3. I was just commenting to my husband yesterday that we were on the other side now and the days would get shorter. We absolutely love the longer, sunny days. We work ourselves to death outside sometimes but it's so nice. We mowed yesterday and all I could think about (besides that I was dying from heat) was that the smell of fresh grass is the best!

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    1. Stacey,
      The smell of fresh-cut grass always brings the best memories to mind. In a flash, I am transported to a different moment in time. Grass and the smell of a fresh-cut ripe watermelon are scents of country summers.

      Judith

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  4. With summer also comes higher energy bills! I do love being able to sit on the porch until 9:00 pm, in a rocking chair, just listening to the sound of crickets and frogs!

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    1. Ginger,
      We received an email from our energy provider with tips for saving energy during high temperature days. Summer heat has arrived here, making it unpleasant to sit on the porch.

      Judith

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  5. I enjoy the flowers in my garden most of all, and the blue skies with big, puffy, white clouds!

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  6. I love your clock and the pretty pink roses, but you can have my share of summer....day after day 100°+....yuk!!! I am so tired of the heat, but when it is this hot, it just means that I have to spend more time outside...watering!! The best part of summer (and winter) are the birds who follow me around when I am watering or mowing. They are convinced that I do allllll of that stuff just for them :^)
    Blessings,
    J

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