High Summer in Maine

The end of July and the beginning of August is a very sweet time in Maine, and this year, with its warm days and cool nights, has been even sweeter than usual. It feels like an old-fashioned Maine summer, a welcome relief from the past few years where it has been blisteringly hot during July and August.

Clif and I have been soaking up this fine weather. On Friday, our friends Alice and Joel came over for drinks and appetizers on the patio. There were bike rides on Saturday and Sunday. We still don’t go far, but we figure it is better to go eight miles a ride rather than no miles a ride, and we feel as though we are gaining strength.

On Sunday, our friends Dawna and Jim invited us and another couple over for dinner. Dawna and Jim have a lovely home by the Upper Narrows Pond, which truly is large enough to pass as a lake. The Upper Narrows is no farm pond.

The food was terrific.

As was the view.

The company and conversation were, of course, superb.

I wish I could bottle these days and release them during the drear days of late February and March, when everything seems to be gray drizzle and hard, dirty snow.

Away with those thoughts! August, buzzing August, is just around the corner, and Clif and I intend to squeeze every bit of delight that we can out of this lovely month.

Why, on a recent ride down a back road, I even came up with a haiku in honor of this best time of year.

Queen Anne’s lace in bloom
White ducks waddling on green grass
High summer in Maine

Welcome, welcome, high summer!

26 thoughts on “High Summer in Maine”

  1. A finest High Summer and such a lovely haiku to ‘bottle’ the experience! You can read it again and again during February and feel all this warmth once more β˜ΊπŸ’œπŸŒž

    1. So true! And, as we live in the woods, you can imagine what the mosquito situation must be for us. However, we have citronella torches surrounding our patio, and they really do help keep the mosquitoes at bay.

  2. I am loving this summer too. Not as much humidity as we usually get in July. It’s been beautiful. Glad you have been able to get out on your bikes!

  3. Wonderful haiku. Yes – warm days, cool nights, friends, food fresh from the gardens, and being outdoors – it has been a terrific summer.

  4. If we can’t bottle these lazy hazy days of summer, the least we can do is take advantage of each and everyone! Sounds like you’ve got that down!…..bike rides, dinners by the lake, cocktails on the patio. Go out and catch some fireflies in a jar, take a nap in a hammock, cook some smores over a campfire….ahh, summer!! happy, Happy summer days to you, Laurie!

  5. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get any better than this. Oh, if we could just bottle it up, though, wouldn’t that be sweet? We’re busy freezing fresh summer veggies, so doing our best to preserve some of this summer goodness. Here’s hoping you continue to squeeze every bit of sweetness out of these magical summer days.

    1. We will, we will! And I’m sure the same is true for you and your dog buddies.

  6. Those of us who live in these northern regions really appreciate summer, and know how to savor it! You’re doing an excellent job of just that!

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