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Then followed that beautiful season… Summer…. Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. –  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer. – James Russell Lowell

In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.- Aldo Leopold

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

We’re at the end of June now, one summer month gone past so quickly! Temperature’ still quite mild; around 15c with the rain and wind, up to 20c on a good sunny day. What have I been up to? After my in laws’ visit at the end of May, I had some friends over from abroad and then recently my hubby’s relatives popped by to see us as well. Summer time is when people get out and about more, it’s always a pleasure to meet up again with relatives and friends after being cooped up during the winter months. My hubby’s been redecorating our reception room, that’s now completed too after several weeks of hard work. I’ve been pottering about the garden of course, apart from the general garden maintenance, I’ve also been mowing the lawn a couple of rounds and painted our picnic table for the first time! My children have finished their school (for my eldest) and madrasa exams; I’m happy for their success, Alhamdulillah! They deserve the rewards for their hard work, you reap what you sow!

I also took my girls out for more educational and recreational outings, we normally join other home educated children here for such activities, like we did in our Victorian School visit. Now we can relax a bit, enjoying our garden (inhaling the roses’ perfume and listening to birds tweeting!) with our regular friends here during the sunny days and making the best of the weather! Time for celebrations, trips and fun-filled days, before we wind down for Ramadan (the Muslim fasting month) in a couple of weeks, followed by summer holidays and Eid (festival after completing our month’s fast) afterwards. I’m not quite certain yet whether I’ll be blogging away as usual, I might lessen my time online during this holy month. Right, enough of my chattering, here’s several pictures I’ve taken recently, have a lovely weekend!!!

the home schoolers trip to the sewerage

our regular climbing activity

I painted my garden furniture and mowed the lawn

the sparrow that sings all day in my apple tree

our first fruit harvest!

summer blooms

they add colour to the garden

flowers from my garden

freshness of childhood

walking in the summer rain

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