The cotton is high

Midsummer is almost here, and I spent an hour on the plot last night weeding.

It’s the first time this year I’ve been able to do that – hitherto it’s been too wet. It was lovely to sit and pull up thistles at 9.30pm while watching the sun gently redden and sink.

Long summer evenings are the great – and probably only – compensation for living in high latitudes. For a few brief (all too brief) months, darkness is banished almost entirely. It seems to be daylight at all hours. I seize every opportunity to be outdoors. It’s magical.

In the crapulous dark depths of January, I try to remember that we’re merely paying the price for June.

PS It’s my birthday. Like Eeyore, I mention this to highlight the dreariness of an annual ritual that serves only to remind you of the transitory and fragile nature of life. Should anyone wish to bestow on me a punctured balloon in a jar, I’d like a red one.

9 Responses to “The cotton is high”

  1. Tom Says:

    Good on ya!

  2. Kath Says:

    Tsk! Tsk! Think of another birthday as a way to vex your enemies 🙂

  3. Magic Cochin Says:

    Happy Birthday!

    And it’s another lovely day!

    Celia

  4. Tanya Walton Says:

    Happy Birthday….hope you get to spend some more summer evenings outside without the rain!!

  5. altadenahiker Says:

    Birthdays are ok, what I hate is weeding. A fact quite evident as I survey my north 40.

  6. Rhamnus Says:

    If there is anything that keeps me living in this country (instead of going back to my native Spain)this is the long summer evenings, sitting somewhere outside, with a drink and a good company to share it all
    Happy birthday

  7. Christina Says:

    Hey, I knew there was yet another reason why I think you’re awesome: we almost have the same birthday (mine is on the 18th). Happy birthday!
    I’m glad you got to spend much of your birthday outside on a long summer evening. I hope the weather continues to treat you well.

  8. Soilman Says:

    Christina: Belated happy birthday!

  9. JerryC Says:

    Good show SM; made it through another year!

    How are the peas doin’? Any kale? Turnips? We have a similar maritime-clime here in Portland and even though the tomatoes and peppers are in, we’re still livin’ off the cool weather crops. It will jump up to the upper 80s in a week or two and the garden will change drastically…

    In any event, Happy Happy,

    Best,

    Jerry