Welcome to the first day of Summer!!
We need to properly celebrate it - with a blog hop.
Rita from Toltec Jewels / Jewel School Friends set up a nice and easy blog hop, called 'Summer Elements'. We are to share something summer-related and it can be anything. Can't get any easier than this, can it?
Well - since we just returned from a trip I was so buried under the emails that I missed her prompt (we were still away) and... Sunday came and went without me posting anything (head falls in shame...).
I apologize to both Rita and all the blog hop participants and I promised I will rectify this unimaginable err on my side. So here I am.
I don't know about you, but when I think of summer there are a few things that spell it more than flowers - so you'll have a few flowers coming your way :)
A bouquet we picked at from the farmer's market - bright and sunny and very refreshing.
One of the peonies in the backyard (it is a neat pink, somehow the camera distorted it). Peonies are forever equal to end of school in my mind. Back when I was a kid we would get out of school middle of June. Peonies were in full bloom and I would pick up some from friend's garden and present them to the teacher :)
In a strange way the rhubarb is also firmly linked to summer - while not widely used in the area we lived, it was grown and made into yummy jams and sauces a 100 km west of our town, where the German people live :) I had good friends from the heart of Transylvania and many jars of rhubarb jam ended up in my possession :)
We can hardly go without mentioning strawberries! These have been freshly picked up this morning and they're patiently waiting to be made into jam and its delicious sister, 'dulceata' (I cannot find a proper translation for it... it's like a clear jam, more sugar is used, and it has a clear syrup, also the fruits stay in one piece).
And we circle back to peonies - freshly picked from the market too :) I didn't have the heart to pick the ones in the backyard, I know, I am strange that way!
Thank you, Rita - and sorry again for being late to the party!
Thank you, my friends for getting through my ideas of summer!
And because this is a blog hop - we need to hop and see what others made of the Elements of Summer.
Toltec Jewels (Hostess)
Christie (Charis Designs)
Alicia Marinache <- you are here
Tanty Sri Hartanti