Friday, June 16, 2017

What Are Your First Signs That Summer Has Arrived?


Multiple MG convertible sightings?  Del's frozen lemonade trucks?  Pool company trucks coming down the drive?  The blinking clocks in the summer house?  What are your signs that summer has arrived?

A Wet Cloverdale Golden

34 comments:

  1. Where I live, all the little flags out along the city streets on Memorial Day means summer is usually already in full swing and is now official.

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  2. The sound of distant lawnmowers running and the smell of fresh cut grass. Beach towels hanging outside to dry. Working on my yard on a Saturday afternoon and then sitting on my porch with a cold lemonade as a reward. My kids complaining that it's not their bedtime because "it's still light out."

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  3. Fireflies at dusk. The smell of campfires after dark. Bumblebees swarming around our front porch. Wild black raspberry picking on our mountain. Crocs and flip flops scattered across our back porch. Sipping my morning coffee on my porch swing.

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  4. We switch from the winter down jackets to the summer down jackets ;)

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  5. On a given day in mid-June, the morning air greets you with a noticeably milder, slightly fragrant touch. That is the start of Summer in the Pacific Northwest.

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  6. When the fireworks stands start showing up in the usual places.

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  7. The morning songs of the Wood Thrush.

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  8. " Lightning bugs" ( Fireflies to the uneducated) and construction workers without shirts.

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  9. Plump blueberries and cherries are in the market, the mergansers have left, the roseate spoonbills have returned to their roosting place in the same protected cove nearby [a dramatic sight!], and I can hear the painted buntings are back above us in the treetops again.

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  10. Bird song. Open windows in the morning to let the cool air in. Beach towels slung over every outdoor chair to dry in the heat. This is summer in the central valley of California.

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  11. The snowbirds fly (or drive) home and the school buses disappear from the roads for two months. Commuting gets so much easier.

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  12. Crickets at night. Also switch from winter gear to summer sweaters and jackets.

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  13. Soft rain falling - first drink on the cottage porch - land 'o Goshen (Connecticut!)

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  14. I can start wearing shorts every day!

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  15. Well, obviously, the Summer Solstice - longest day of the year! But also, when the garden roses are in bloom, when I get a hankering for potato salad and iced tea, when we get all the electric fans situated and plugged in (can't have central air, or visible A/C window units ... 325-year-old house in strict historic district.)

    I very much agree with Jerrold Fiske about the school buses, plus the great elimination of our congested after-school traffic.

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  16. The smell of children in the sun.

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  17. Hummingbirds returning to our porch. They are wonderful!

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  18. Doors and windows wide open during the day and into the evening.

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  19. My day lilies and roses in bloom. Hearing the owls at night. Jane Keller

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  20. Bird songs awakening us by 5:00 am, thunder showers followed by bursts of sunshine, blue skies and rainbows, herbs ready to be used in cooking, fireflies lighting up the early evening, hummingbirds buzzing the feeders, gray treefrogs calling, newborn fawns making their way into the yard, the smell of charcoal grills, fireworks all summer long, noise from distant lawn mowers every time we wish to sit outside plus weeds, weeds and more weeds!

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    1. Oh, and did I mention...black bear sightings and bird feeder raids?

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  21. Being in Savannah with 100% humidity every morning at 6AM.

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  22. I should have added this....those of us living on the Texas coast start watching the weather in the Gulf of Mexico very, very closely.

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    1. Oh yes. And those of us on the North Florida coast keep our eyes on NOAA as well, now straight through to November.

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  23. Jeeps with the doors removed and the top down. Or for the Willy that lost its top decades ago, being left out of the shed to play for the summer.

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  24. Kids rolling with loud music. Maybe a mosquito.
    But in Boston: STILL WAITING!!!
    (although today's tall ships were a nice - albeit misty - distraction.

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  25. Sign of early summer: whippoorwills singing.
    Sign of full summer: katydids singing.
    (Alabama)

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  26. We had a late summer here. I was still wearing skivvies ( turtleneck T-shirt ), wool sweaters, jeans and jackets right through the first month, but when the second month came it struck with a Medieval like vengeance !

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  27. Tourists! All of the annoying "bennies" come down from Northern NJ and New York to the Jersey shore. Love summer; but, I could really do without people who don't care that they are "partying" in some else's neighborhood doing things they would NEVER do in their own. Or if someone did what they do in THEIR neighborhood they would call the cops.

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  28. Robert ReichardtJune 18, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Summer? I guess the appearance of watermelon (what Pablo Neruda lyrically described as the "green whale of summer") in the markets.

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  29. When one of my favorite and oft played songs "Dog Days" pops up on my iPod and it is reality, then summer has arrived. I should note that the song originated where very early summer heat is the norm.

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  30. Seems like every comment has already mentioned the poetic sights and sounds of nature. So let me offer instead a Harley Davidson motorcycle rumbling in the distance as it conquers the road. Or setting up my easel to plein-air paint w/ friends. How about sitting in an outdoor theater, enraptured by a Shakespeare play? The list goes on . . .

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  31. Sadly for me it all starts with sneezing! Blasted allergies.

    On a lighter note, it's hearing the screeching sounds and catching sight of beautiful aerial displays by Swifts on the wing.

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    1. That's a good one, Alena! I didn't think of it, but true, the older I get the more I suffer from seasonal allergies, and this has been a particularly bad year. It seems the nicest days can been the worst.

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