Ode to summer – ‘wish you didn’t have to go!’

‘… And when the rain
Beats against my windowpane
I’ll think of summer days again …’
A Summer Song
by Chad & Jeremy

The Lens Artists Challenge hosts are bringing us seasons for the month of July starting with summer with Amy at the World is a Book . July is the coldest month of the year at the bottom of the world and summer feels like a long way off when frost covers the ground and winter storm follows winter storm. Thank goodness for photographs and memories.

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Christmas in summer means bonfires and fireworks at our place. On Christmas eve, the family gathers at the farm around a fire pit to cook sausages and kebabs over the fire, draw fiery pictures with sparklers and count satellites as they pass overhead.


We might not see many cars on our road but few summer days go by without planes or helicopters passing overhead in the benign blue sky. Small planes use the pylons that march over our ridge as a navigation aid.

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In February when the kids are back at school, the air is thick with humidity and bugs and for relief you can’t beat a sea breeze. At the mouth of the Rangitaiki River in the lee of Whale Island/Moutohora , the kahawai are running, attracting fishers to try their luck.  

As Chad and Jeremy sing in their Summer Song, ‘… all good things must end some day,’ but I can hardly wait for summer to come again. I don’t like the cold. Like a lizard, I’m solar powered. Anyway, perhaps, we’ll be able to greet next summer with a brighter outlook than we have now.

Take care and stay well everyone.

Trees swayin’ in the summer breeze
Showin’ off their silver leaves
As we walked by
Soft kisses on a summer’s day
Laughing all our cares away
Just you and I
Sweet sleepy warmth of summer nights
Gazing at the distant lights
In the starry sky
Autumn leaves must fall
But don’t you know that it hurts me so
To say goodbye to you
Wish you didn’t have to go
No, no, no, no
And when the rain
Beats against my windowpane
I’ll think of summer days again
And dream of you
They say that all good things must end some…



  1. Yes I thought about those in other areas where it would be a stretch to think of summer Wendy. But remember it will be equally odd for us to do winter in the middle of our heatwaves! Loved your choice of the song lyrics. I too hope for better times to come

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    • I’m pleased we started with summer, Tina. Our weather has been wet and cold for days and it was nice to escape into summer and find pictures for the challenge. The song is an old gem and really feels like summer when you hear it too.


  2. Glad to have brought summer memories and thank you for the lovely lyrics too. The temperatures in NZ is perfect – just like in Sweden. Stay well and – it will soon be summer again!

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