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Thursday, June 26, 2008

let me take you down

strawberry season doesn't last very long in vermont. picking starts mid-june, and by the end of the month, most berries are picked over or rotted. today was perfect for picking and i filled my flat in less than 20 minutes. it was a picking frenzy and now i've too many berries for one girl to eat. i have strawberry-stained shorts, but frozen smoothie berries for the winter.

summertime isn't summertime without strawberries. it's definitely summer here in burlington, complete with flash thunderstorms followed by hot, steamy days. i had a summer treat this week when i realized i had 8 hours of personal time to use up by the end of june. i spent my free hours kaying, reading, biking, on a very long lunch, strawberry picking, & yoga-ing, and i've realized that if i had my choice, i would never work again.

so far, my summer line-up looks a little like this:

~ discover jazz fest starts the summer buzz with outdoor seating, vermonters coming out of hibernation and descending upon church street for a taste of live music
~ summer camps in full swing at the flynn, running up and downstairs between studios fetching the needs of teaching artists and campers
~ flip flops & tank tops
~ sleeping with the fan on
~ bundling under the covers because of the A/C at paul's
~ iced tea with fresh lemon
~ raspberry and vanilla cremees with rainbow sprinkles
~ wet dogs
~ saturday morning jaunts to the farmer's market
~ strawberry picking & strawberry shortcake
~ franti concert on the Shelburne Museum Green
~ rainy day perusing on church street
~ the chew chew fest

and still to come:

~ boat rides, brown skin, & the smell of sunscreen
~ phantom theatre
~ 4th of july weekend at star lake
~ conquering a few adirondack peaks with uncle mark and jules
~ brewfest
~ the dreaded flynnarts summertime latin jazz week
~ AJ's house-warming party
~ blueberry picking and evening picnics
~ berry bramble pie
~ bike rides and sunsets
~ jimmy buffet coverband cruise
~ corn on the cob
~ fresh tomatoes
~ lake monster games
~ bonfires and s'mores
~ uncle arthur's 90th
~ labor day weekend at star lake

just like strawberry season, summer is over in a flash.

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