Saturday, September 18, 2010

Late Summer

The last, lingering days of summer. Here in Arizona, our summer is very long. In fact, Mrs. Summer sometimes makes us wonder if she will ever leave! We love her though, with her long, carefree days, shooting-star nights, and all the sweet summer fruits and flowers.

Isn't this a sweet bonnet? Elsa wore it all over the antique store, and how could I resist? The vintage blouse is seeing lots of summer action. It's made of the lightest batiste, hand embroidered with colorful summer flowers...

Paired with linen pants it's the perfect late summer outfit.


Our beautiful peach trees surprised us with a bountiful harvest this year. Late summer peaches aren't actually ideal here in the desert, but these are really thriving. When we first moved in to our house we considered taking them out and replacing them with early peaches. The trees were very small then, and when the peaches ripened, well, there were just enough for the birds and bugs, and none for us! We didn't do it though, and now are so glad...

For several weeks we harvested this many peaches every few days! Most we ate fresh, warm and juicy... some went in the freezer, lots went in to peach cobbler and cake. And there were still plenty for birds and bugs and chickens and goats...


The peach tree is so big now, that she can shelter little ones in an impromptu hammock...

Gently swaying, cradled in the warmth of a late summer day.

10 comments:

Linda said...

Your last few days of summer look wonderful:)
xo
Linda

suzanne said...

Hello my friend

I marvel how we are both enjoying hot days~ Spring here feels like the middle of Summer. Lazy days, strolls and peaches is what I am most looking forward too. I spent today making a mobile for Spring Equinox. That happens for us this week. I intend spending that meal under my beautiful courtyard tree. My sweetpeas are smelling like heaven. Little Elsa looks so incredibly sweet Beth. I can imagine she has had a lovely time wearing her blouse and bonnet.

I hope you are all well Beth.
Have a happy week~

Lots of love
Suzanne

labistrake said...

Such sweet late summer days ! And your peaches looks delicious ;o)!
Warmly,
Muriel

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi Beth, just found your lovely blog through Suzanne. Your girl is sooo adorable!
I'm a mother of 4, my sweetpeas go to a Waldorf school.
Off to read some of your past posts. EnJOY your last days of Summer!
Wishing you a happy week. xx

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Oh my goodness yes, sweetest bonnet that I have ever ever seen!!!
Hope all has been well with you and your sweet family!

Magical Mom said...

I am always so impressed by the magic that you can get out of your parcel of land there! Your peaches look divine!

Nicole Benjamin said...

Oh, Beth! The bonnet is gorgeous! I certainly would not have refused it either! : ) What a beautiful day, I can imagine the scent of peaches hanging from the tree while relaxing in your hammock was incredible! (I love that your hammock is under a peach tree and ours under the apple tree) : ) Enjoy this new season xo

Heather Jacks said...

How could you resist indeed! That is so wonderful that she appreciates such finery. Mmmm... I want to eat a peach in that hammock...

The Happy Peasant said...

Hello Beth. Finally! I found someone like me...I would LOVE to email you re: homeschooling older children. We are very new to homeschooling and I need friends in this area (: We have goats, farm and love Tasha Tudor. 7 yo daughter (who looks a lot like your children) and 12 yo son. Alesser@aol.com www.happypeasant.blogspot.com
So glad to have found you! ~Amy (:

onegoldensun said...

What a sweet bonnet. Swinging in a hammock among the peaches on a late summer's day, ahhh. Wonderful!