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June 21, 2011

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the summer solstice is one of my favorite times of the year. the longest day, the shortest night. here in london, the sky holds its light until almost 10:30pm. wimbledon has started, and the strawberries are ripe.

but i struggle with summer in london. the constant rain lately has not helped. it feels so different than what i’m used to and i crave hot & humid weather. i miss home, weekends at a sandy beach, the sound of cicadas, sitting on the screened porch at my parent’s house,tacos & margaritas outside on a sweaty brooklyn night.

so on sunday, i grabbed my camera and raincoat and i went for a long walk. it wasn’t very warm, but the sun came out and perhaps its absence made it that more stunning. i put my coat down over the soggy grass and sat in the sunshine. i need to learn to enjoy what i have sometimes, i think. i hope that the clouds will disappear tonight, leaving us to enjoy the latest sunset of the year. i’m determined to fill this summer with good stuff.

  1. June 21, 2011 5:46 pm

    i think seattle must be exactly on this plane…we are too not quite summer- tho evidence in all the roses, poppies, bursting trees etc. rain is a near constant and the sun almost eludes us. but we get enough to yearn for more and more.
    your posts are really lovely.
    horray for finding something good/beautiful in what we have! there are soo many things to discover!

  2. June 21, 2011 6:25 pm

    Such lovely pictures!

  3. June 21, 2011 6:49 pm

    I guess we could all use a reminder to be thankful for what we have. Your post today was a beautiful reminder to do just that. And p.s. I’ll drink a margarita for you today! Kristin

  4. June 21, 2011 7:22 pm

    I love those “wooden” cars! I saw plenty like this during my last trip in england :)

  5. June 21, 2011 7:29 pm

    i think we all need to learn how to enjoy what we have, and that it’s a lot easier said than done. but look what you have – beautiful greens!

  6. June 21, 2011 8:36 pm

    Living in Seattle, I share many of these same feelings. It’s been grey and raining all year – until today. Seeing as how it is the first day of summer, the sun arrived right on time. I don’t expect it to stick around for long (I’ve lived here my whole life, I know better than that), but I’ll keep your words in mind when the clouds roll back in. For now though, the 70 degree weather and sunshine is making me a happy lady. I hope it greets you soon, too!

  7. June 22, 2011 3:16 am

    Just remarkable pictures…so “just enough,” never “too much.” We here in the south of the U.S. were thrilled that it poured with rain today, though not enough to kick the drought’s butt. Thanks for the green green of your current patch.

  8. June 22, 2011 7:24 am

    You’ve captured what an English Summer means to me. It may not be sizzling and hot, but it sure is blissful: whatever bliss is to you.

  9. June 22, 2011 11:08 am

    glad to see some sun over there. lovely photos as always, i love all that green.

  10. June 22, 2011 12:49 pm

    a wonderful set of photos!

  11. June 23, 2011 10:38 am

    great set of summer photos. I love it.

  12. June 26, 2011 3:47 am

    I’ll enjoy Brooklyn for you if you’ll enjoy London for me. (:

  13. June 26, 2011 5:10 am

    the sun glares are beautiful!

  14. June 27, 2011 7:03 pm

    I feel the same way about London summers. As a former New Yorker myself I start to crave the “real” summers that I was used to back in NYC. If I look at it at a “glass-half-full” angle, now I really savor the few true summer days that we get each summer here in London – hopefully you enjoyed every minute of this weekends gorgeous weather!

  15. Anna permalink
    July 2, 2011 9:59 am

    May sound like a strange question, but in shot two ( the one of the girl with the ruby slippers on) could you find out where she got her bracelet? ( I’ve fallen in love with it and have a birthday coming up :))
    Thanks Brian … oh and love love love your blog, your music, your photography and thoughts on life xxx

  16. Anna permalink
    July 2, 2011 10:03 am

    oops that comment should have gone under the entry of * One Saturday night * Doh! x :)

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