Monday, August 20, 2018

Summer Retrospective


I've heard it said that "summer should receive a speeding ticket"!  Isn't that true? It seems as soon as summer arrives in the blink of an eye it is almost over. Like fruit ready to be harvested, our last days of summer were sweet, ripe, and juicy in enjoyment. (All photos and photo collages will enlarge if clicked on)


We took many hikes in our area and enjoyed the beauty of Colorado's Front Range


We spent lots of time with grandchildren, enjoying community playgrounds, parks, and pools.


We visited nearby scenic Red Rocks Amphitheatre to attend a concert by cello virtuoso, Yo-Yo Ma
If you'd like to listen to a few minutes of Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach at the concert --click here--to go to a video on my Mille Fiori Favoriti facebook page.


Watching twin fawns growing up, after their birth in our next door neighbor's yard in June, was very enjoyable! We've also been fortunate to see much other wildlife this summer--click here-- to read about that. One thing I really love about summer is its very long daylight hours and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Although we never seem to have enough rain in Colorado, we were finally blessed this August with some good showers (and some hail!)


We've also attended two exciting Broncos football exhibition games this August, that were held at Mile High Stadium in Denver! 
 More about that in a future post.


And as surely as August approaches its end, and the field grasses grow long and go to seed......


... it was "back to school" time in Colorado this past week, and also back to sports and school-related activities for our grandchildren.


Like the flight of a beautiful butterfly, the summer of 2018 has fluttered into its last few days and moments to savor. 


Autumn comes early to Colorado's high elevations and the aspen trees will soon be turning glorious shades of gold. Autumn is my favorite season and I'm looking forward to cooler weather and fall activities.  Are you looking forward to the same? What was your favorite memory of the summer of 2018?

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46 comments:

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thank you all for your comments! I read each and every one.

diane b said...

I loved your summer round up post. You have captured so many summer sights and activities. telling me about the end of your summer lifts my spirits as it means the end of our winter. Not that we have a severe winter at all but the days are shorter and the mornings and evenings are cold. I enjoy the hot days of summer although the humidity sometimes is hard to take. I like going for early morning walks in t-shirt and shorts and not been rugged up in jackets and long pants. Your grandchildren are so cute. Are they all at school now?

EricaSta said...

Nice to meet you on MAGIC MONDAY... Great captures.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Pat, looks like you have had a lovely summer. The flowers are gorgeous and I have been enjoying the summer fruits. Cute photos of your grandchildren.
Cool sighting of the deer in your yard. Great post and photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Maggie said...

What a summer you've had full of wonderful adventures and quality family time, you are so blessed. In Europe summer is still in full swing, everyone is in vacation mode here in France and UK, school doesn't start for a few weeks yet! Love the shot of the butterfly, simply amazing.
Happy MM.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We extend summer weather a little longer here in Florida! lol But I AM looking forward to cooler weather to get out and hike. I hiked yesterday morning before it got unbearable! Love the grandkid pics! I got a first day of school photo in my emails this morning! But it was for college! Hugs!

Angela said...

Love the shot of the butterfly!

gillena cox said...

Glad you had a woderful Summer. Happy mosaic Monday

Much 🌺love

Linda W. said...

I know, summer flies by way too fast! Looks like you made the most of it, though.

Tom said...

...wonderful sights of summer. The peaches look fabulous! Thanks Pat for stopping by, enjoy!

Angie said...

Pat - I am writing this from the Denver airport, following a 5-day visit to our daughter in Aspen/my brother and his wife in Glenwood Springs. More details coming in a post soon, but suffice it to say that this trip is an example of my favorite memories of the summer of 2018 - which is all about exploring and making new family stories that will be told for years to come. I am glad that you've had a good summer - and I hope the autumn brings you much joy - some of the aspens were already turning as we drove through Independence pass!

Vee said...

That’s a great quote about summer...so true! I’m clinging for all it’s worth. Your little granddaughter has excellent form at her karate class. All the grands are growing so fast.

Maggid said...

so many great photos . . . those little martial artists are adorably fierce.

Thank you for sharing.

junieper said...

Yummy peaches (in your yard?) love to eat them grilled with salmon! Great summer perspective, Pat and love your butterfly capture! I too, spent much time with grand children this summer, but more on educational things. Also, Colorado comes right after California (haha) in landscapes - so beautiful! Many thanks for sharing this wonderful summer in your state with All Seasons!

Linda said...

I love how YOU love Colorado! I do. too! We will get to come home by way of Wyoming and Colorado next month and I am so looking forward to seeing some of my favorite places once again!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great summer you had. I love that you took advantage of so much of it.
I love Fall. The summers here are okay but it gets incredibly hot, the fall is extended and the weather is drier and cooler and very sunny.

Jim said...

Great.
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The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Your posts are always full of beauty, Pat! I love seeing the grands growing up so quickly. My youngest grand will be 14 this week and I can hardly believe that! Seeing Yo Yo Ma must have been thrilling in that beautiful venue. It's nice to see all the lovely activities you have enjoyed this summer, however brief. ♥

Jeanie said...

What a beautiful post, Pat. Yes, summer SHOULD receive a speeding ticket. It seems like mine started late and now it's nearly over. I adore your fawns and the human youngsters are pretty darned cute, too. Wonderful sunflowers!

Ruth Hiebert said...

You do have some lovely pictures by which to remember the summer that is almost past.I like to believe that we still have at least a few weeks of summer left.I do love fall and the cooler weather.

LV said...

Glad you shared and had a chance to personally enjoy. Been there several times and it is still my favorite. uJst do not get to go now much as getting older.

A Colorful World said...

Awesome photos of what looks like a wonderful summer! Hey there are still several weeks left! I'm hanging on for dear life! :-)

Linda said...

Really nice collages! Love the fawns!

Lady Fi said...

What a wonderful summer you've had!

Christie Hawkes said...

What a great synopsis of your summer. The photos are beautiful. Fall is my favorite season also, but summer has gone by so quickly, I'm not quite ready. I've been on a lot of hikes this summer and just returned from a family vacation with all the kids and grandkids. Definitely a highlight of this summer!

ellen b. said...

It's always good to see how the two of you make the most of every season!

Snap said...

Beautiful look back at summer. For me, it doesn't go fast enough -- all this heat and humidity!!!! Have a great week.

Shelia said...

Hi Pat and you're so right - summer goes by too fast. You live in such a lovely part of the country and your grands have grown so much. I enjoy seeing them on FB too! I know, I know, we seem a bit crazy leaving ours but we have really prayed about this and feel it's what God would have us do. Isn't it something, in Blogland we're always close?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Powell River Books said...

You are right about summer needing a speeding ticket, where did it go? Like you idea of a retrospective blog. Think I'll try one. - Margy

Fun60 said...

What a lovely summer you've had with many shared experiences with the family. Ours is not over yet although our daylight hours are getting less.

Lorrie said...

That's a great quote about summer - it certainly does pass by quickly. What wonderful shots of summer you have here. The butterfly and the sunflowers are so pretty. Those grands are involved in lots of things, and are growing so quickly.
Our summer is not yet over; students return to school after the Labour Day weekend. I'm clinging to summer for as long as possible.
Have a good week, Pat.

Lydia C. Lee said...

Love the deer and rainbow shots - just lovely. You've been packing a lot in!

Al said...

Summer in Colorado is certainly special, but we're spoiled with our sunshine year-round!

betty-NZ said...

What a fun retrospective. Those little smiles are just unforgettable!

Sally said...

You have had an amazing summer! You live in the perfect place for doing all those activities that lend themselves to making wonderful Colorado memories.

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Amen to that! It doesn't feel like we got a summer due to moving back to Georgia. We spent the first weeks we were home getting the kids ready to go back to school and then school started. I need a pause button and need about two weeks of lazy days soaking up the sun and salt air. Looks like you had a blast!

Penelope Puddlisms said...

What a fabulous summer you've had. It's been too smoky a summer in my neck of the woods so I'm really glad that Autumn is just around the corner to hopefully bring some quenching rain.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Looks like you had a wonderful and action-packed summer! Love those shots of the Grandkids holding the "First Day of ..." signs! Summer really does go by fast, and it's such a nice gift.

Donna Reidland said...

I had never heard that saying about summer deserving a speeding ticket.But it's true! Lovely photos by the way. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Felicia said...

Summer has gone by so fast. Looks like you have had fun times.

Aditya Narayan Mohanty said...

Lovely and cute captures . Please tell something about my captures on my blog.

Rambling Woods said...

Yes it had flown by but it looks like you have a wonderful summer...Michelle

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I am late to this summer wrap-up party, but I loved every moment of it! You had a fabulous season and I loved sharing the memories . Even though it has been years and years since our lives had to follow a school-year schedule, the first day of school will always mean the end of summer ...no matter what the calendar or thermometer say!

Queenbeebaker said...

You are so right about summer being on fast forward. Where did it go already? Thank you so much for sharing yours with us through your gorgeous photos at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party. Have a wonderful week!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a wonderful, fun and action-packed summer you've had.
So nice to see your mosaics.
I especially like the shots of your grand-kids.

All the best Jan

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

What a lovely fun filled summer you had. When we lived in New England, we too cherished every moment of the too short summer season. Fall was my favorite season there as well. Now that we live in Florida, seasons really don't change that much.