On the hill of summer


Here we are,
On the hill of summer;
The longest day.

For my little verse, I give thanks to A.E. Housman and to J.A. Baker for their inspirational writing.

Have a great day!


43 thoughts on “On the hill of summer

  1. Enjoy your summer! It is funny because that photo could have been taken here and it would look just as nice and nobody could probably tell it is halfway around the world.

    1. It is great that even though we’re miles apart we are able to speak to each other almost as if you were next door! When I was a child in the 1950s my parents would listen to the radio on Sunday mornings: Alistair Cooke reading his Letter from America and later on in the morning to Family Favourites a musical request programme with requests from around the world. Your comment just brought all those memories back! Both of you there, have a great summer too. πŸ˜ŽπŸ’ŒπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

  2. Thank you Ashley, I love your poem and the idea of the hill of summer… Enjoy those lovely long days while they are around. We’re experiencing the hill of winter here and it’s set to get wetter and colder than it’s been so far. I think it feels more like a Dale: dark damp and dismal πŸ˜…

    1. Lovely to hear from you, Morag. Thank you for your comments. πŸ’πŸ’ We have had some lovely days but also some really dismal days. It’s not summer as I remember it! Today actually feels cold with the temperature around 14oC (57oF) mainly because the air currents are coming from the north. Brrr! πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

    1. Thank you Andrea. Midsummer day was okay but the following day was amazing. The sun warmed us on a visit to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust site here at Castle Espie. Have a happy sunny weekend πŸ’πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

    1. Dear Barbara, thank you for your lovely comment. You have sent us some of your hot dry weather as we bask in 30C today! Un abrazo para ti πŸ’πŸ€—πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

  3. Oh, Ashley…..what a beautiful summer photo! It is full of mood and atmosphere. As I look at it, I have the feeling of walking over the hill on this path and breathing in the scent of the grass and the sun. Ashley, your poem is so beautiful. You have found just the right words to put this special day in a poem and write with the ink of your heart.
    Yes, I love our precious, unique, blue planet so much!
    Enjoy your summer, Ashley…β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ

    1. Dear Rosie, thank you for your wonderful comments πŸ€—. You have understood perfectly what I was trying to say in my verse! I try to write only what is relevant to the current season, so only summer verses in summer, which according to the old calendar ends on the 31st July! 😒. Again, thank you for your encouraging words. πŸ’πŸ’πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

  4. Ashley, I didn’t know there was an old calendar that said July 31st was the end of summer. August is usually the hottest month of the year for us. We have just had catastrophic rain that has flooded many areas and killed over 150 people. fortunately we live on a hill, so everything is okay with us. But a friend of ours who lives in Erftstadt had to be rescued from the roof and his house was swept away with the floods.

    1. I do hope your friend is safe! The climate is all over the place! We had the hottest day ever recorded here yesterday at 30c and it’s still too hot to even sit outside.
      The old calendar I refer to is the Celtic Wheel of the Year and the end of July is Lammas (Lughnasadh). Stay safe πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

      1. Thank you, Ashley. Yes, our fried George is well, but is traumatized. There is so much to clean up, repair and rebuild – roads, bridges, highways, houses …
        Ashley, I wish you all the best!

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