A trip down memory lane was an unexpected surprise, as I planned my part of the mid-summer's get-together. A frantic hunt for the nostalgic pieces which go with those memories was undertaken, and this is my gift to you all as I arrive late for the festivities.
Pictures have been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember, and before that first camera it was the photograph I created in my mind which was my escape. A vivid imagination is a visual one. This summer picnic brought back my visual photographs...the treasures of a childhood summer spent at a cottage on a lake, with lots of places for a young girl to host tea parties, magical balls, and meet knights in shining armor.So I bring the sweet clover of my youth, bending slightly in the breeze. The blueberries are fresh and bright...cooking up beautifully in a coffee cake topped with a crumb topping which includes toasted almonds. The ice tea wasn't "sun tea" in those days...or probably a "green" tea - but it was iced in tall glasses and twinkled golden in the sun. And that shiny little sugar bowl, the one full of sweet wishes, is part of a set my favorite aunt gave me to play with. It looked so grown-up then, with it's little tray and matching cream pitcher, and I used to host elegant parties at which I was the gifted hostess - the one everyone wanted to talk with. It makes me smile.
Under the hat on the chair...what else? I still have my visual images, but I now collect the concrete photographs which I happily share with others. Jim Croce's song was a poignant love song, but a few of the lyrics have always stuck with me - and came to mind putting together my collage.
Photographs and memories ...take me to another time....summer skies and lullabies