Saturday, 19 November 2011

Splice of Summer



you know summer has arrived when...
you wake up and
the sun is searing through your eyelids
and it is 5am...

when the cicadas can be heard
over the drone of the air conditioner...
and it is 5.10am...

when pomegranate and lychee iced tea
qualifies as a breakfast food...

when the path down the side of the house is searingly hot
when you are hanging out the clothes...
which are dry in ten minutes...

when the dog spends all day lying on the tiles in the bathroom...
which gives him the worst 
bed head 
ever...

when the leather seats in the car burn your bum 
when you get in...

when you go to the grocery shop...
and the mangoes are the cheapest fruit...
and cherries are finally here...
and 

there are kids walking around in their swimmers 
and sunscreen
at 9am
gazing into the freezer section
and discussing the merits of different ice blocks...

for what it is worth it is a Splice all the way...
the kids made the rookie move this morning of going for
the banana paddle pop...
they will wear most of it down melting down their arm 
before they can eat it ...
so you only get half an ice block
for your money...
amateurs...
they'll learn...

sending warm thoughts and apologies to all of you freezing through
snow and grey skies...
not meaning to rub it in...
but summer is here with a vengeance...
off to the pool...
 minus Phantom ...


25 comments:

Mlissabeth said...

It took me a minute to remember American seasons are opposite Australian seasons. Reading your post reminded me of the year I spent in a suburb of Melbourne over 30 years ago. Happy times, where we snow skied on July 4th, and tried to keep cool on the beach on New Years Day.

WrightStuff said...

Ah, well you enjoy your Summer girl. Lucky thing. There's a lot of mist and mellow fruitfulness here (loosely translated as it's cold, damp and there's a whole heap of leaves that need sweeping up!)

Elin said...

We have a beautiful cold day here in Sweden today. Sunshine but no snow yet. Summer seems far away, but that´s ok when you can see the sun. Enjoy the pool! I´m not at all jealous ;)

Rita said...

LOL! That scorching heat doesn't sound tempting at all to me. I'm okay here in Fargo, ND waiting for snow. ;) We're probably all right where we should be. :)

Claudine Intner said...

Oh, how I wish it was summer here! Enjoy!

TammyVitale said...

we aren't in snow and freezing rain yet but have had a wood fire. Tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 70s. Thus is life on the edge of two different weather systems, modified by huge bodies of water. Always an adventure, one degree path shift and *everything* changes!

Jennibellie said...

Not meaning to rub it in hey? Yeah I believe you, not lol great art today, though it's making me feel cold(er) to look at anything to do with ice cream haha, thanks for sharing :)

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I love the way you write- always so clever and funny. Thanks as always for the smile!

Cat @ sea.sky.stone. said...

Your artwork looks as yummy as your weather sounds! I'll try not to think about it too much as I enjoy my cold gray skies ;)

Nordljus said...

Oh my, I really can't imagine it being hot and summer anywhere, with all the cold and grey over here. But as I'm not at all a summer person, but love winter and misty mornings, I'm actually so glad that summer is over on your side, and not here. I simply can't wait for the first snow to arrive! Have a wonderful day at the pool & enjoy your summer day!

Gwen Hughes said...

It sounds so very tiring:) I always complain about Summer being too hot here in the UK. I wouldn't last a minute where you are. You do paint a lovley picture with your words though.
Thanks xx

Julie said...

I love Summer, it sounds heavenly to me! xo

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Love your sketch of Splice....and I REALLY want to see a foto of your cute swimming dog with BED HEAD.....omg:)

Serena said...

I hear ya....Splice all the way! It's one of my favourites. Yep, in our climate, you have to eat those ice-blocks FAST! lol

Summer has certainly made an early appearance this year. It wasn't that long ago that I was driving my son to the bus stop in total dark at 4:45am whereas now, it's light and bright at that time.

I admit I'm not a fan of our hot, humid summers. I'm a winter gal and I don't mind our spring weather but summer just gets way too nasty for my liking. Bear in mind, we don't have air-conditioning. :(

Btw, beautiful artwork! Bright, summery colours!

Sarah Anderson said...

nice crisp autumn day here, and dry; sounds a bit hot to me your end. Glad to hear you're keeping out of phantom's way in the pool, you'll have to watch that girl! Gorgeous fresh clean colours in your painting

rajns (carolyn) said...

Enjoy your summer & pomegranate and lychee iced tea! I've never even heard of that kind - I'll just have to pop on over to your side of the world!

Nigel said...

That's the good thing about being in UK - it's nice and cool here :)

Wonderful painting :)

aseedinspired.com said...

Loving your summ for over here... Can't wait to get back to it!
Enjoy.
T

Joni Nickrent said...

Happy Summertime Fun! Cheers! Love the piece!

Carol Apple said...

Wow - I love your style. Great poem too. I am joining your site!

BlackPumpkin said...

Lots of fog here in Nothern Italy.... Your words are inspiring.

tracy said...

We are experiencing a warmer than normal fall in the flatlands of NW Ohio. We've had our teasers of cooler weather and the furnace is stoked up in the morning to take the chill out of the air.

I don't have air conditioning so I do not miss the scorching summer months. This year we found an old window unit and almost the entire family (cats, bunnies, and budgies not included) slept in the master bedroom. It was house camping at its best!

Autumn is my favorite time of year and I am looking forward to some serious snow this year. *hint to Mother Nature*

NatashaMay said...

Lucky you for having summer. :) It's all foggy and cold over here. Great drawing! I wouldn't mind some desert right now. Just not ice cream. :))

Precious Worker said...

Just love your poetry Tracey, it hits the nail on the head for hot weather. I dont know how you cope up there. I have the whole house airconditioned plus a wall one in the kitchen diner.and I live in country (east gippsland) Victoria. TTFN

Terrie said...

Love your writing - again! So evocative and a reminder that summer will come again. I'm sure you see plenty of our summer themes while you're in the midst of winter, so I figure turn about is fair play! We all love the reminders. :)