Sunday, August 22, 2010

Yesterday


The sun rose, only to slide at once under heavy clouds... 
And the morning was full of thick fog that was at first a mist and then by mid-day became a mizzling rain.
The same morning glories that were deep purple on Friday were paler and either closed early or never opened at all.  Their tight-spiraled buds mde me think of unicorn horns.

On this gray day, the angel wing begonias shone out 'like a good deed in a naughty world.'
And it was cooler! A perfect day to deal with the morning's harvest of many-colored tomatoes. . .
As well as okra, eggplant, beans, and basil.  A perfect day for smelling summer's bounty as it simmered on the stove while the gentle rain pattered softly on the roof.

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18 comments:

jennyfreckles said...

What an unusual picture of the sunrise and how beautiful you make the rain look. Sounds like you had a productive day - thank God for rain (sometimes)!

Martin H. said...

The perfect antidote to a grey, wet day. We've had similar weather here, and I just hope summer hasn't been cut too short.

Subby said...

***SIGH*** Nice.

First time I planted okra was this year. Mom grew up on th' stuff but I dinna care for it.

Like th' misty shot as well :)

Elora said...

Mmmmmmmmm.....don't you just love the word, "mizzling...?" It sounds so "wraparound-in-an-afghan"....so snuggly and safe...in the rain. Way better than "drizzling" which calls up the undertone of "dratted" or worse! I am a dedicated PWN girl...(Pacific Northwest) and MM swears he married an alien who has webs between her toes!

Transported to WV, I wait for these too widely spaced events and welcome the mist with joy! We got an inch and two tenths last night! I listened to the applause overhead at 3:00 a.m. The roof clapped.

Elora

Jean Baardsen said...

Sounds like a very satisfying day. We got plenty of welcome rain yesterday, at this end of the state.

Vicki Lane said...

Jennyfreckles and Martin - After our very hot summer, a grey mizzle of rain is like blessed balm -- note that I use the Brit spelling of gray/grey because yesterday (and today, so far) felt like England.)

I'd plant okra even if I didn't like it, Subby, because it's so decorative! But I love it -- just plain or with a little butter. My family doesn't share my enthusiasm but likes it fine in soup or gumbo.

Oh yes, Elora, mizzle is a fine word -- a portmanteau of misty drizzle, perhaps?

Jean -- with September usually dry and with the threat of forest fire, a rainy end of August is a blessing!

Paul Andrew Russell said...

Beautiful photographs, Vicki. You live in a lovely place. We seem to have had a very short sumer here, the chill of autumn is in the air.

I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for visiting, and commenting on, my blog. It's always great to meet other writers.

Louise said...

A comfortable sort of day, inside, with something good simmering on the stove. Sounds lovely!

Miss_Yves said...

Would it be already the end of summer ?
Sad and grey weather in normandy today? however I need sun...

Nice photos and sweet words to speak of the new pleasures brought by the annouce of autumn...

Tammy said...

Sounds like a mighty fine day. It's always nice when a sweet little just right day comes along.

Still hot and miserable here! ha. Two days last week of perfect 80s (Low humidity) and maybe a break this week.
Tammy

annell said...

Thanks for your comment. And I loved your pics. Especially the one with dew drops on the morning glory, I had forgotten. Something rarely seen in the desert. Thank you.

annell said...

Thanks for your comment. And I loved your pics. Especially the one with dew drops on the morning glory, I had forgotten. Something rarely seen in the desert. Thank you.

Vicki Lane said...

It was a lovely day! Certainly not the end of summer, Miss Yves, but there was the feeling of turning the corner. One can believe that Autumn is on its way. Even to Tammy in Missouri!

Brian Miller said...

very nice...love a good gentle rainy day...of course the boys will eventually drag me out to play in the puddles...smiles.

Marilyn said...

This is a lovely post, I enjoyed seeing your photos of the sunrise then mist and of your wonderful harvest and flowers. The tomatoes are fantastic, I love it when it's our tomato season, and I am impressed with your list of vegetables and can imagine them simmering on your stove, just right for a misty day as you say.
Thank you for visiting my two blogs and I am now want to read Green Dolphin Street.

Kath said...

OOOOH!!!
I have been so unsuccessful at photographing fog on the river here. Any tips?

Have you seen a fog bow?

Vicki Lane said...

My kids loved putting on rubber boots and rain slickers and stomping in puddles, Brian.

Marilyn - The first part of Green Dolphin Street is set on Jersey or one of the Channel Isles and then there's a good bit in NZ. I'd love to hear what you think of it.

Kath- my only tip is to wipe your lens to make sure it hasn't fogged up.

Tipper said...

I've been enjoying the rain and cooler temps too. I love all the garden goodness-but by this time of the year I'm usually longing for a clean kitchen free of produce and canning jars : )