I know I talk about summer all the time, but this one is just the best ever. It's hot and sunny every day. We live at the beach. Well, and on our deck. Food has been eaten, booze has been drunk, music has been enjoyed, sun has been soaked in.
But don't listen to me -- let the photos tell you . . .
The month started with My Girl Nancy's birthday at Watch Hill and progressed from there. Cheers, Nancy!
And cheers to you too, Ted.
What did I say last year about the music . . .
. . . and the people?
These two? Jill and Dave? With the lovely Kat Murphy? They are Short Timers. August 21st baby.
Warm sultry summer nights . . .
. . . and hot humid days make for a kicking tomato crop this year.
My friend Christine came down last weekend, and after a fabulous day at Ocean Beach, we had ourselves a little deck to-do. Christine's kids -- rotten as they are -- are wildly entertaining. This is Izzy . . .
. . . and Kenny . . .
. . . and Chris.
We really do make quite a team.
The beach? Oh, we've had some beach love this July. (In addition, of course, to I-TAM love).
And we keep running into lovely friends at Ocean Beach, including fabulous co-beach-loving Rachel. Thankfully our cooler was packed with plenty of cans of Miller High Life to share. And a bottle of rosé I did not share.
Mistah's decided to take photos of the world passing in front of Ledgie the rest of the summer. Do you find it interesting or unusual that he started the project the moment this young babe was in front of Ledgie? Yes, me too.
Dawnie gave us this L.L.Bean Picnic Knife for Christmas. It has a Bottle/Can Opener, Corkscrew, Cheese Knife and Flexible Spreader Blade. My two favorite things, from the packaging:
*The Flexible spreader blade easily manages your favorite spread and helps protect your bread.
*Tool is 9" long with spread blade extended, so you can reach the bottom of the jar and keep your knuckles clean.
You can keep your knuckles clean!
This is how I feel at the beach.
I love July.
New London Light was not occupied, by ghosts or other inhabitants, as far as we could tell. It was simply, resplendently, reflecting the late afternoon sun, looking marvelous doing it.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go see all my sisters this weekend. All of them. In addition to about a half a million cousins.
I love July.