Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Golden Days



Summer lingers on and on, burnished light warming the earth and the abundance of harvest seemingly without end. Today it was grapes, fat and oh, so sweet. I plucked each grape from its stem and simmered them, then put squeezed each morsel of juice with the aid of a chinois. Juicy grape fragrance filled the kitchen. 
 

Peaches slipped from their skins after a dip into boiling water, then each sweet orb was cut, the pit removed and the quarters plopped into a light sugar syrup. Grape juice and peaches burbled in the canner and sit now, cooling on the counter top.
 

Sunflowers drop pollen onto the table top, but the effort of a daily wipe up is well worth the vibrant late sumer colour they bring to the dining room. 

Summer is drifting ever so slowly into autumn. I hold her clear light in my heart against the coming grey days. Stay summer, linger on.

22 comments:

Mersad said...

I love your images and how they symbolize the changing of the seasons.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Cheryl said...

Sometimes those days of transition from one season to the next are the sweetest...hanging on to the loveliest of the one, looking ahead to good in the next. Enjoy these lingering summer days!

I am imagining that wonderful aroma of grapes in your kitchen.

ann said...

This is a lovely post. Summer should appreciate your sweet tribute. I will get a handful of grapes, not enough to do anything with. My mom always canned grape juice. I need to learn how to grow mine better.

Pamela Gordon said...

Yum. The peaches look so tasty and the grapes are so lush and full. You will enjoy these treats in the winter months.

Donna said...

Beautiful photos of the season!

Mary said...

Mmmm! Delicious fruits to savor through the cold months ahead! Your pics are lovely Lorrie. I know seeing these sparkling jars on the pantry shelf will bring joy to your heart and lusciousness to your taste buds!

Have a great week.
Mary -

Elizabeth said...

Your sunflowers made me think of the wonderful fields in France, some of them acres of gold splashed over the hills.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

My sent6iments exactly...summer stay on! You make summer look exceptionally appealing over here.

Cranberry Morning said...

I love the beauty of fruit preserved in jars. Love it! And that's also a pretty sunflower. I need to plant sunflowers next year.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Those grapes are making my mouth water! I had some grape jelly (no sugar added) on an English muffin with my lunch. YUMO!

Debbie said...

This whole post, from the photos to the imagery in your writing, is just plain poetic. I loved it. (And yes, the wipe up of pollen is so worth the sight of sunflowers in the room.)

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

A very productive day I must say. I have grapes growing but I am sure they are incredibly sour :)

Blackberry Lane said...

I admire your hard work. The fruits look delicious. Gorgeous bouquet too. Have a wonderful evening.

Millie said...

Love those vibrant fruit colours! That was one huge bunch of grapes.

Leanne said...

A wonderful productive day.

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Andrea Dawn said...

It is so long since I did any canning . . . your photos and descriptions bring up memories of yummy fragrances and deep satisfaction seeing all those jars of goodness.

Marilyn said...

Those grapes just took my breathe away to see. Oh how I could reach out and sample. Then peaches too, how wonderful. Love the sunflowers, they just make me smile.
Savor and enjoy the entrance of Fall.

aimee said...

Beautiful! I am definitely having mixed emotions with the summer ending too. Your grapes look extremely yummy! I can hardly wait to eat ours:)
Blessings,
Aimee

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I can only imagine the sweet scents wafting through your house that day !

Kc W said...

I do bet your whole home smelled amazing! I love the idea of cut sunflowers on the table -- definitely worth the little effort of wiping up after them.

newenglandgardenandthread said...

I picked a dish of Concord grapes yesterday. They were beyond delicious. :-)