Thursday, July 23, 2009

What? A Summer?

This is a part the "shell tree" where I always pause on my morning walks. It suggssts to me that Druids exist here on Cape Cod -- I think they disguise themselves in pachwork madras skirts or blazers and cable knit sweaters. They have blue eyes, sandy colored hair and tan arms. I wish these modern day Druids would do some kind of ritual to bring on real summer for a while. The morning was lovely but since noon it's been gray and getting almost chilly. The same thing happened yesterday.

When I moved in the manager told me this apartment has central air conditioning that I could get for an additional fee. I said no -- one of my best decisions. I've put on a fan for only about three hours so far and there's only one more month of "summer".

Yesterday after a trip to a thrift shop R. C. & I stopped at a gallery in Orleans called Trees Place. Among the usual scenic paintings in oil and acrylic, we discovered two painters using egg tempura with truly luminous effect Best of all, the subjects were inventive and beautifully drafted and executed. Wonderful to see. The gallery also has a gift shop with all kinds of delightful one-of-a-kind items. A feast for the eyes, indeed.

These photos are from one of last week's walks -- the bottom is a "kettle pond" which I'm told ia any natural depression that fills with rain or spring water. Since the whole Cape has only a few places higher than 10 feet above sea level, any low spot will be close to or below sea level so naturally will hold water. Thus the Cape has a great many ponds, tiny like this one or fairly large.

1 comment:

MaryContrary said...

I hear you about the lack of summer. We do have central air and have only used it five days this year. We use it only when the temps get into the mid-to-high 90s and we have high humidity. Otherwise we have fans but have used them only another 3 or 4 days. This is definitely the summer that isn't.