Summertime Memories

I am sitting on a wooden slatted bench complete with lichens; in the shade today as it is 26.5°C and that’s warm for Cornwall. The wind is sloughing through the trees above and opposite me, pigeons cooing. I have a book with me for a change and I will read in a moment or two, but for now I am happy to simply sit and listen to the sounds around me.

The crunch of gravel warns me of people approaching along the path, snippets of conversation are overheard. Whining children, distracted parents, someone looking for a dog that has apparently escaped from off the ferry and run into the garden. Two small toy dogs are dragged along the path, one permanently on its side. Pink sunhats match pink sandals. They continue their chattering journey through the garden. I am left once more in silence.

These poor Cornish gardens are being hit hard by the weather conditions this year. First the unwelcome snow (first in three decades this far west) followed by the current unusual heatwave. The Hydrangeas are drooping and wilting in the heat. Looking very sorry for themselves. Petal edges curling up in disgust.

I hear the clang of the chains from the King Harry ferry just a few hundred yards away taking cars and people over to the Roseland peninsula. One day I will do that. For now though I stretch my bare feet in front of me as I write in my notebook.

~wander.essence~ prose



  1. So many happy memories, Jude and beautiful summer blooms to accompany them. It won’t be long and you’ll be enjoying spring and summer once again.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It will be good to welcome spring, the older I get the harder I find the winter months. Maybe it is because I don’t have work to occupy me,

      1. No it’s not just you. The older I get the less I like being cold.

  2. That was beautiful. I’m glad to read about summer, it’s very cheering.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes! Makes you forget about the gloomy winter months for a little while 🙂

  3. Wow – that is warm. We’ve had a mild winter, but in the last 2 days, it has turned to the more traditional bitter cold with snow. It always makes me a bit nervous when a season doesn’t act the way it is supposed to. Makes you wonder what is coming next. Enjoy your wonderful weather!

    1. Heyjude says:

      This post is harping back to July last year Cindy – if only it were half as warm as this now!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Easy mistake, the date is only revealed if you look closely at the journal sketch 🙂

  4. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Beautiful memories Jude. What a good idea to post something so warming and pleasant in the depths of winter. We are heading for highs of 39 next week. Sigh…..

    1. Heyjude says:

      39 is hot! Is it humid too where you live? I found it very humid on the coast when I was last in Sydney in 2014 which prevented me from doing as many walks as I had intended.

      1. janesmudgeegarden says:

        No, it isually isn’t humid, because we’re away from the coast and 500 m above sea level. It almost always cools down overnight which makes for comfortable sleeping. We have a new forecast now for 41 next Thursday!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Crikey! That’s serious nostril-hair burning heat!!
          (see Sunday on this post by me to explain that comment: )
          Hope you stay safe. Cooler overnight is a good thing though I doubt it would be anything like what I’d call cool.

  5. pommepal says:

    Lovingly described. The charm of summer, just relaxing and listening and looking at the world around you. Even doing a sketch. Cathy will love this one

    1. Heyjude says:

      If only I could sketch like you Pauline!!

      1. pommepal says:

        It’s doing the sketch that is important because it brings back the moment for you

  6. It is lovely to have a burst of colour and sunshine in January. Your photos are, as always, a delight.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Aw, thanks Ali. I wrote this piece months ago but it has been lingering in the drafts folder. Yesterday I felt like I needed a reminder of the wonderful summer colour to come. And hoping for more of that lovely weather we had last year too!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Tish 🙂

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Lovely to think of summer!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Keep us going!

  8. Lovely summer reminiscences and image, Jude. It wasn’t too bad when we visited with you last year, but our week in St Ives could have been a lot warmer and less windy. 😄

    1. Heyjude says:

      A bit like that today Sylvia 🙂

  9. It’s good to capture moments like that. I find that experiences are easier to remember when I write them down, rather than rely on memory.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I can remember places quite well, but don’t ask me about names of people! Hopeless!

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