The longest days

Even though I regard myself as an ‘Autumn person’, I have a real fondness for the long May and June evenings and the lovely sunsets they bring. From the attic at the new house there is a particularly pastoral scene of trees, tiled rooftops and a church spire. Behind swells the big north London sky, tonight glowing a peach-pink – not yet one of the spectacular June displays; subtle, warming and lively nonetheless. Tonight we ate the first substantial produce of our plantings – a modest serving of sweet and fresh spinach. Sitting in the office, reading Keith Thomas on landscape and piety, listening to Rossini and sipping tea: these are moments of levity and gratitude, the moments that buck the pessimistic trend and lift the gloom.

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Published in: on May 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

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