The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Monday, 25 June 2012

It Feels Like It’s Going To Be A Long, Hot Summer

I am starting to get listless and can hardly concentrate on anything for longer than ten minutes at a time. This year the heat has started early. I dread to think what it will be like by the time August rolls around. But best to face each day as it comes.
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Summers can be cruel here – on some days the heat is as tangible as a living thing. On some nights, cool breezes blow in from the sea and provide some relief. But more often than not, the air feels as thick and as hot as melted chocolate.
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But, dread it as I may, summer is also the time for making memories, for coming across the unexpected. For dreaming strange dreams and daring to be a little bit different, a little bit crazy.  Because as each day ends in a spectacular, fiery sunset and the shrill song of the cicadas gives way to the soothing chirps of the crickets, a lull seems to fall on the land which caresses the soul. In that short lapse of time when the last embers of the dying day are spent and the velvety darkness embraces the land, my own journey of self-discovery begins.
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Photographed at The Valletta Waterfront
June 2011


  1. Last year was unbearable in STL! This year has been more mild, except yesterday, it was terribly hot. Hopefully it will be more pleasant when the sun sets this evening so little B and I can enjoy The Muny.
    xoxo, B

  2. Beautifully written Loree! Yes, I fear we have a brutal summer ahead of us here as well. I keep waking up in the middle of the night to head out to the living room where it is cooler--already!

  3. Loree, we are experiencing the same here in Cyprus. Shade and cool drinks are on our mind 24/7 in this house. I thank goodness for my pool. I write, swim, write, swim and so on.

    PS: I had problems with comments on my blog so am running my book giveaway again. :D

  4. You're amazing with words! I love how you always seem to weave in some beautiful images in my mind.
    I don't think we will ever be happy with the weather. It's always too hot or too cold and I complain about this all the time :-)

  5. Loree - your words are what is lovely - thanks for complimenting me on mine - but yours move me. I look so forward to your posts. Sorry about the heat - it is getting hot here now as well and we are dry dry dry. Need rain badly. Thanks for sharing as always -

  6. I have had, 'Cruel Summer,' on repeat in my head a lot these last few days!

    I am glad you are able to see the possibility for beautiful memories despite the tyrannical, sapping heat, Loree.

  7. It's hot, hot, hot here where I live too. We had a very bad storm last week with what seemed like a hurricane and it left alot of damage. It did not cool down though, even if we got rain and hail. I never loved Summer weather!

  8. It's quite similar here. We already has humid/hot days with the heat index reaching 98 degrees. Summer's time for weekend trips and lots of ice cream :)

  9. It looks magical there with the blue water and glowing buildings. I can almost hear the cicadas.

  10. Beautiful words...beautiful images Loree. I can feel the heat if that is possible. I will soon be joining you in lamenting
    the heat. Do you use air conditioning in your home? I have a feeling I will be taking up close residence to one every chance I get. I imagine I will climatise over time. Thanks so much for your lovely comment and yes...I am feeling the tranquility or rather seeking it out every chance I get.
    Best wishes Loree
    Jeanne xx

  11. Oh, I'm right there with you Loree. I find my self complaining about the heat on Twitter, on Facebook, on my blog! I'm tired of listening to myself. And, to top it all off, I've decided to start running (early in the morning). Crazy and like you described yourself...unconventional, for sure. Keep cool...

  12. Oh but the photos are fantastic, Loree! I have the same listless and unable to concentrate too. We had three cruelsome hot days, and now back to cold..

    I complain how it is too hot, and how it is too cold all day long :-(

  13. summer is unbearable here, too (except on the beach.) enjoy your trip to "cooler climes!"


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