let it be

7-Up in bottles
fig newtons
fishing pole
tackle box w/worms & coffee grounds
new sandals
Sun In
soda fountain
Minnesota lakes
Montana fishing
public pools
rootbeer floats @ A&W
bible school
my Schwinn
the high-dive
the red plaid cooler
Evergreen State Fair
hot scones with raspberry jam
phone calls from boys
pea fields
corn fields
the river
mom's potato salad
making 75¢ per flat of strawberries picked
train rides
Havre, MT
Moorehead, MN
rhubarb pie
Indian tepees
pulling weeds
my radio
the sprinkler
Indian battlegrounds
molded jello or macaroni salads/Midwest style
picking out fall school shoes

and then it's gone....

what words summon summer to you?
go forth & live responsibly

Be seeing you in Autumn
Happy Labor Day weekend to my American friends & lovely weekend to all
xo xo

photography credits - tumbler, flickr, adriennedarnellphotography, dragonflyphotography, britnayflickr, floraskelsketumblr, istillshootfilmtumblr, primpropernapkintumblr, retrospectphotography, paulmalonflickr,


Ms. Smart said...

love your post. stumbled upon your blog from another. i'll be back. cheers.

Notes From ABroad said...

Summer is still , after all these years away from my childhood in the South (US) .. the scent of honeysuckle and fireflies at night... the smell of Coppertone lotion and the taste of anything from the BBQ and chocolate ice cream after dinner.

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Summer is the smell of dune grass after a summer rain. I love this post and I hope you are having a beautiful weekend Deb! ox

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Hi dearest Deb,
Fresh back from the warm sun of Tuscany, I can feel an Autumn chill in the air, here in the UK.
Summer to me is eating outside, friends round for drinks in the garden, trips along the Thames on a Sunday afternoon,scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam, warm breezes and freshly mown grass, a summer shower and beautiful sunsets. Gorgeous post, Deb with brilliant images. Hope all's well with you and the family. Lots of love. XXXX

goodniteirene.wordpress.com said...

mmmmmmm 'phone calls with boys'- i wish. too much of a chicken over here. too busy stuffing my face with the raspberry jam laden hot scone.
but i definitely like living vicariously through you.
have a hot time in the texas these last two days of summer sinnin' miss deb.

North of 25A said...

Totally adorable post! More than anything it is the beach that brings summer to me. Enjoy the weekend, my dear.

French Basketeer.com said...

the photos make me want to say, "someone hit the rewind button, please!" Thanks for the most excellent reminders of the best of summer...

Renae Moore said...

Wow! You had a very busy summer! :)

Fifi Flowers said...

I think you've summed it up! FUN post!!!

La Dolfina said...

You brought it all home and so brilliantly! Love you Deb!

dovecote Decor said...

Yes pie! I love summer dances-- dress up, a band, everybody on the dance floor, switching partners, girl dancing! Tomatoes, basil, fresh herbs, squash casserole.
Fun post,

Lisa Porter said...

A drawer full of swimsuits, (tanks shoved to the back, bikini's front & forward) cut-off's, baby oil, sun-in, & cute boys!
Ahhhh the memories. Your's were good too I see. xoxo

Splenderosa said...

I'm dying with laughter at the 2 women with sunglasses, the watermelons in the back of the car,
and your incredible wit. You are a true original, Deb...& I love you!

Brabourne Farm said...

Deb .... what a truly beautiful ode to summer. Perfect! Leigh

Tish Jett said...

Dearest Deb,

What fun this was. Summer camp, tennis lessons, riding my bicycle with my dog, the smell of freshly mown grass and back-to-school shopping (well, it was still officially summer).

Happy Labor Day to you.


joanna said...

Adorable, stunning, witty funny,beautiful, and the list goes on -your post was a perfect summer fest, of all the wonderful things we can share and do,
I will take the summer with me in my heart to warm me in the winter months while I dream of spring time and renewal in my garden, and to watch once more the glory of the warm suns rays as it nourishes my garden green.

Cheers, -- into autumn the second spring this time the tree colors bloom.

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

Oh, I love the wedding one. It really does scream summer, because so many weddings happen during those feeting months...I know mine did! And the watermelon picture is just great. I love your list...and the part about the "phone calls from boys" made my heart skip a beat. Great farewell :) XO, Kelly

Sanity Fair said...

The station wagon full of watermelons is AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Kellie Collis said...

Have a beautiful labor day holiday!! Kellie xx

annechovie said...

wow, Deb, what a fun post! I remember those A&W floats at the drive-in. Happy Labor Day! xx

Nina Lindgren said...

thank you so much!

BEAUTIFUL pictures and such a sweet blog! ill be back :) x

Gwen Driscoll said...

What a beautiful post! You are always so very clever. Hope you are well. I'll miss summer but ready for cooler weather for sure. I can't believe how fast it has gone.

Carla said...

they are some of the most beautiful photos I have seen in a long time. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Carla

Haute World said...

Ahh, I'm loving these photos! Oh summer, how I'll miss thee... although we're still getting the last batch of sun and warmth here, so I'll be taking in as much of that as I can before it's gone. Hope you had a great weekend!

Barbara said...

You got everything exactly right, Deb! Old and new memories of summer. Love it.

DolceDreams said...

FABULOUS post!!!I think you captured it all my dear...I am so ready for some fall clothing after our heat, and loving the colours out there.
Have a fantastic week...BTW I love your new header!

Erica Cook said...

Great post! Leaving me feeling a little bittersweet. xo e

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Julie@beingRUBY said...


Not that i'm cheering your summer leaving.. but my spring starting!!.. Fabulous grouping of photos!! Is one of those Seven Brides For Seven Brothers? probably not.. but does remind me of that film

Fabulous as usual Deb.. xxx Julie

DesignTies said...

Some of my favourite summer words: cottage, lake, swimming under the stars, kayaking, lemonade, late sunsets, BBQ, dinner on the patio...

I can't find Sun-In anymore. There goes my cheap way to be blonde!! ;-)


Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese said...

Oh my, that was the perfect summer wrap up. You have me feeling nostalgiac for the summers of my childhood, even as my favorite season of autumn approaches. This is great inspiration, Deb. I'm not sure if I can sum it up in single words, but favorite memories include: summers at the sailing club fishing, swimming, picnics, and of course sailing the dinghies that my dad built, the rope swing at the creek found 1/4 mile off from the roadside rest area in New York (traveling with my Dad, uncle, sister, and cousins), playing tennis followed up by visits to the pool every day the summer before my junior year in high school, samurai watermelon (a pin-on-the-donkey type game that my family plays, involving a blindfold, a croquet mallot, and a watermelon). Volleyball, waterskiing, and skits at family camp (an annual event at the church I attended growing up). Homegrown tomatoes, and Dad's overcooked barbecued chicken with my mom's plethora of delicious side dishes.

Ok, I'm going to bed dreaming happy dreams of summers gone by, and looking forward to a fall full of good times with family and friends.

24 Corners said...

I had started to write my lost to you when this post was first well, posted...and I was seriously interupted! so, here I go again...

When I was a kid, in Cali., it went like this~
10cent ice cream cones, the beach & sand everywhere, sunburns, Carmel CA, Tee-Pee Club (my day summer camp) and all that went with being there...

Grown-Up (ha) in Seattle~
B-bq's, beach (no sunburn & rocks everywhere), sweaters, duvet covers in July, super white legs, and 3dollar ice cream cones once or twice. BUT, there's ferry rides, the lavender fesival, farmers markets, gardening (one day again), and stunning skies...not to shabby actually...oh yeah, and rhubarb pies!

Loved this post...sorry it took me so long to get back to it!!!
xoxo J~

Haven and Home said...

Is it really gone already? Watermelon, fireworks and pools (when I am lucky) I will miss you!

Millie said...

Bare feet!
Millie ^_^

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Cantaloupe, Hanover tomatoes, baseball, hot dogs, cicadas, the sound of lawnmowers.

Red Boots said...

Wow, you've summed up summer perfectly! I'll be stumped if I can think up of anything else!

As much as I love summer though, I do really love the autumn. I love wearing coloured tights to brighten up the day. I love the smell of autumn in the air. I love wearing scarves to keep me warm!