Summer, Fashionably Late


A perfect summer day finally arrived in Nova Scotia today — a day of brilliant sun . . . clear, teasing breezes that blew away the memory of the past weeks’ horrid humidity . . . and temperatures that barely flirted with the 70’s.  Perfect, in my books, and in my neck of the woods, at least.

The day has given way to the first evening I’ve felt like sitting on the balcony and just . . .  looking.  Admiring — the way the moon rose above the line of trees at the edge of the property, like a huge helium balloon, released from its tether . . . at the play of silver light on the underside of the clouds . . . at the first star that appeared as a miniscule blink of light on a sapphire canvas.  Oh, the wishes I made.

With Matt Alber’s inspiring voice floating on the cool, night air, I could close my eyes and believe anything is true.  And these things I came to know.  That Matt Alber is amazing . . . that coffee flavoured Bailey’s keeps hot coffee, hotter . . . that I’d smoke a cigar if I had one, just for effect . . . that I’m glad I didn’t . . . that the harbour in Chester (above) on our beautiful south shore is nothing short of Paradise . . . that the fragrance of recently cut grass is intoxicating . . . that candlelight is just as mesmerizing outside, as in . . . that I wish I were sleeping under the ever-watchful stars tonight . . . because they winked at me. But it is enough to fall asleep with moonbeams tumbling through an open window.

Oh yes, a perfect summer day.



Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

11 thoughts on “Summer, Fashionably Late”

  1. What a beautiful post, Nancy! Now I wish I was there!

    That’s perfect weather in my book also. :)

    It’s been such a mixed bag of weather we’ve had this summer, and I so detest the hot, humid days. Our apartment just radiates heat because of the hot water pipes that run through the walls and floors, and even with the AC on hot days, it’s nearly unbearable. I LIVE for days like this…I wouldn’t care if it ever got a degree warmer. There’s a heavenly breeze coming in the windows tonight. Perfect for sleep. :) Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  2. I’m glad you got to enjoy a summer day, ours was a little too hot today or maybe I just got spoiled with the 80 degree temps. I did a lecture for our garden club and they were having a rough time in the heat!

    Hi Dave! I’m afraid I wouldn’t survive in your neck of the woods. :) But, I guess we really should enjoy these dog days as it will be cold soon enough. :) I’ll be visiting your blog soon!

  3. What a peaceful setting. Looks wonderful.

    It is a quaint little village (with million dollar properties!) that holds a piece of my heart. :)

  4. Sounds so beautiful, I was transported there, the peace, the calm, just lovely.


    It is beautiful, Jen — I’ll have to do a photo essay of it sometime.

  5. Oh, this was wonderful! And if they gave away awards for blog entry titles, this would be a winner. Most clever. Funny about the smoking thing. There are times when anyone who has ever smoked thinks are just perfect for that cigarette. And it never goes away. A cocktail is a good replacement. :<)

    Hi Nan! I’m glad you like the title — and once she made her arrival in perfect dress, she seems determined to stay. So no complaints!

  6. Ah, I agree…there’s nothing like sleeping with the windows open on a summer night.

    I stopped in Chester about six years ago and was agog at the beauty of the harbour. It was evening and the whole harbour, sky and water, gleamed in the June light.

    Enjoy your summer pleasures!

    Thanks so much for your comments — I hope your summer is wonderful too!

  7. Wow – wish I had your view from my balcony …

    Hi Sue — actually, this is far from my balcony…about an hour’s drive away. While I do have a pretty decent view, considering it’s an apartment property, it sure doesn’t match this one. :) But it’s a place I visit often and dream about.

  8. Oh, I get such a great feeling from this post, Nancy! You’ve created the perfect mood and described the scene so well with your words!

    Thanks so much, Jan!

    I’m so glad your humidity is gone. It is a real pain to have so much of it. A nice breeze and clear air is always welcome! Thank you for your note about blogging…I’m not leaving afterall. I would miss all of my blogging friends way too much;-) And that definitely includes you, Nancy;-)

    Oh, I’m so glad you’re not leaving — I enjoy your blog so much. I can always be sure to have my spirits lifted every time I visit. :)

  9. I’m glad summer finally arrived Nancy ~ I feel like we waited a long time for that one perfect day too. That is absolutely the most PERFECT summer photo that accompanies your post too. It belongs on a postcard with the infamous “wish you were here” saying….

    What a wonderful thing for you to say — thank you! :)

  10. Hi Nancy,
    You describe things so beautifully. It’s as though we were there with you.

    Thank you so much, Balisha, for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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