Saturday, 11 July 2015

And the livin' is easy


a boy in a tree.  At the top, look closely for the blue

spotted him  yet?

busy

green orchard, but not quite as green as usual thanks to the lack of rain

shhh, pixies

small tortoiseshell






"Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."  Henry James

Blue skies, tree climbing, roses and bees, lavender and butterflies, pixies in the orchard and a little cricket.  Something had just happened in the photo above.  I'm still working on understanding it all though, so I can't tell you exactly what it was.  No, actually, that's a lie, I'm not really working on it at all, I'm letting it all wash over me and hoping I occasionally pick up some useful information.  That's pretty much my whole approach to life in fact.

The middle boy got hit by a six.  Suddenly I understand the saying.  He had a bag of ice on his knee for most of the afternoon.

The littlest boy shinned up to the twiggy bit at the top of the tree.  He places great faith in very thin branches at times.  Something went crack on the way down.

The biggest boy is going tobogganing tomorrow.  He needs gloves.

Summer is perfection isn't it.

37 comments:

  1. Yes it is. Oh but that boy!

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  2. Summer is good indeed! That climbing tree is mighty high.... Have a lovely Sunday CJ. Cxx

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  3. A perfect summers day here today - warm, but not so hot you couldn't do anything. Lovely butterfly photo - I'm still hoping to get a good one! Have a great Sunday. x

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  4. Your summer is looking a bit drier than ours, warmer too (now we're home, we had good weather while on holiday).
    That's a long way up the tree! Look fun, for him, perhaps not for you!
    Swap you some sunshine for some rain, your grass is looking a little brown, I don't think grass here has ever looked like that all the years I've been here. Can't ever sit on it without getting a damp bum, looks nice and green though. Hmmm.

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  5. Wow the boy is very high! Looks like a perfect day though :) Jillxo

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  6. Hope that you all survive summer unscathed

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  7. Oh my word! Your son certainly has a head for heights - it made me dizzy just looking at that photo! Summer hols started here this week ..... bring it on! xx

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  8. Hello from Las Vegas! Summer afternoon here is 97 degrees F and a jillion people walking around this crazy place. I might find the pool tomorrow. Love your pretty photos.. the butterfly and the leprechaun door! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. pixes and roses. perfect. hope the cricket knee is ok, sounds painful xxx

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  10. Wow, he's scaled that tree hasn't he? You must have felt very twitchy watching him.
    Being hit by a cricket ball is no joke. I hope your boy's knee isn't too sore. And that yellow grass - are we the only ones who are wishing for a decent stretch of sunny days? It does love to rain around here. I'm envious of your weather...
    S x

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  11. Summer is good, autumn is my very favourite but summer is so good for kids isn't it! Gosh he climbed very high didn't he, I love how descriptive you are of your boys. I'm sure they have a splendid life with you. I hope you have a lovely week x

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  12. Loved the pixie door and now I know its summer, if crocket is on the agenda.

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  13. Lovely post, and wonderful pictures. I've no height for heights so don't think that I've ever climbed that far up a tree. Happy to go tobogganing though.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Flighty xx

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  14. Perfectly summery pictures. But looking at that one with your boy boy up a tree is giving me a nosebleed!

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  15. I would have had kittens if my son had climbing that high up the tree! Summer is wonderful but even in this season nothing is totally perfect and hazards will occur! At least they are outside having fun rather than sitting in front of computers all day. Hope his knee is less painful today and the tobaggaging goes OK. Sarah x

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  16. Boys!! hope they get through the summer unscathed, that pink rose is soo pretty, enjoy the summer
    Clare xx

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  17. Oh these pictures are all my favourite British Summertime moments! Haven't seen many butterflies myself yet! Katie x

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  18. That's what summer afternoons are all about. I do hope the middle boy isn't too bruised, I always worry about being hit when I'm sat around a cricket pitch.

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  19. I only just got that saying right now! What am I like! Well, the same as you apparently so we must both be very wonderful! I hope that middle is alright! I hope that the tobogganing went well today as well! Sounds as though it is all go as usual at your house! xx

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  20. Lovely photos, but your post made me smile.... I hope the tobogganing went better than the cricket or tree climbing?

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  21. Yes, I spotted your son at the top of the tree and remembered seeing my oldest son perched at the top of various swaying pine trees at that age...he is a healthy age 44 now :) Thanks for sharing the lovely summer photos, CJ, and I too hope the icepack hurried your son's healing! Happy summer!

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  22. Summer IS wonderful.

    We have had some new experiences this year and even though it has been so awfully hot ---- we are having a good time. Looks like your boys are too, except for the sore knee. Hope that one is feeling better soon.

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  23. what a wonderful quote! I thoroughly agree with Mr James :-) thanks for these beautiful sunny photos CJ. much needed right now.
    I hope your son's knee gets better!

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  24. Summer afternoons of cricket and tree-climbing are perfection. Hope your son's knee is ok. Cricket balls are blinking hard things, especially when they hit at speed.

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  25. Summer really is the best. I can't believe you were that close to all those bees! I would have had a heart attack and died haha. Beautiful photos

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  26. Oh the joy of tree climbing, although I was never that great at getting down again! Lovely summery images :) xxx

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  27. I'm feeling rather glad I had girls who didn't climb trees - slightly easier on the nerves I think! I'm sure you will all have a great summer though. P.S. our grass is that colour too!

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  28. Once I realised where your son was in the tree photo it made me feel dizzy looking at it. As the mother of a tree-climbing son I know how nerve-wracking it can be! He's almost 19 now, and stays on the ground more often these days. Lovely summery photos, especially the first one!
    Cathy x

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  29. Summer is wonderful. Hope you're having a lovely week!! xx

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  30. Beautiful photos CJ! I think I squealed a bit when I saw the pixie tree.:) I'm glad you're all enjoying the summer!

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  31. Eeek! That tree is high! Love the roses and the lavender. Cricket is unfathomable in the extreme, isn't it? I hope the bruise from the six has gone down now and the littlest boy didn't tear his shorts on the way back down xx

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  32. Yes, yes it is. I can't believe how high he is in that tree! X

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  33. Boys are so busy aren't they? I love that about them. Glad your summer is looking full of fun.
    Meredith

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  34. It was always the youngest girl who climbed highest here, but not that high, ever, thank goodness!

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