Summer’s Last Hurrah.

Summer is pretty much a wrap at this point. Fall doesn’t officially begin for a few weeks, and this glorious weather we are currently having is more July than September, but the hammer comes down on Labor Day – no more white shoes (for those of us old enough to remember the rule), the kids all head back to school and the evening light fades a bit earlier each night.

We squeezed everything we could out of the last summer weekend, though, with a visit from Tina, John and their three girls. One evening we enjoyed a leisurely late-afternoon repast down at Shoreline Beach Cafe and the next night, a spaghetti-fest on the terrace. Yes, it was warm enough to dine al fresco without parkas. One for the history books!

Here are some snaps, again with an unapologetic emphasis on Caleigh, who has stolen all our hearts…

Tina and Caleigh deep in conversation

Tina and Caleigh deep in conversation

Great-Granny and Viv have a moment

Great-Granny and Viv have a moment

Pamela joined us at Shoreline to get acquainted with Caleigh

Pamela joined us at Shoreline to get acquainted with Caleigh

Grandpa and Caleigh

Grandpa and Caleigh

Fam Pic

Fam Pic

Evie and Viv had fun in our pool

Evie and Viv had fun in our pool

Miss Caleigh at the pool

Miss Caleigh at the pool

After five bowls of pasta, I call her Evie Spaghetti

After five bowls of pasta, I call her Evie Spaghetti

And Miss Caleigh of the chunky thighs has learned to enjoy her new menu of solid food.

And Miss Caleigh of the chunky thighs has learned to enjoy her new menu of solid food.

Soho likes being one of the girls

Soho likes being one of the girls

Evie is the Chloe-whisperer

Evie is the Chloe-whisperer

and Viv is the climber!

and Viv is the climber!

There was a bittersweet moment when we laid Buster’s ashes to rest under the oaks. He passed away in January and is still much-missed by his family. Buster was a little guy who somehow managed to be larger than life; he now has a place of honor near Dizzy, Rosie and Hope.

The one, the only: Buster

The one, the only: Buster

Farewell, Buster.

Farewell, Buster.

After soaking up the last days and rays of summer, they packed up the cars and headed home for the girls to start school last week. That sound you heard on Tuesday was a collective whoop from moms all across the country rejoicing as they dropped their kids at their classes! (Right, Angie?)

Bye, guys!

Bye, guys!

For those of us without little ones going back to school, however, it’s tough to see summer end. Dar Williams’ great song has been going through my head all week – here it is for you to enjoy:

“it’s the end of the summer,
when you hang your flowers up to dry”

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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4 Responses to Summer’s Last Hurrah.

  1. pollo amigo says:

    Ahh…a great summer has come to an end. Lots of great memories from this one.

  2. tdevir says:

    Great pics!! What a fun weekend and great way to end our summer. Thank you for the beach dining, spaghetti dinners, pool time, apple picking and bedtime stories… we packed a lot in! Also, it means so much to us that we can visit Buster when we come over, he was such a special part of our family and we feel blessed he has been laid to rest with your other beloved pets.

    Both Ev & Viv are back at school and yes- i did give out a little whoop!

  3. dizzyguy says:

    As is always the case, The CCL has so captured the story that none remains for us mortals to add. However, it did feel like a very special summer, with many wonderful phases. The visit by all Devirs was greatly enjoyed by all, and none more so than our pair of 4-legged girlies who remain convinced that ALL activities occurring at Via B are for their sole benefit and pleasure.

    Summertime, and the livin’ has indeed been easy…………….

  4. Angela Gutsche DiGaetano says:

    One for the record books, that is for sure. So happy that sweet Buster is laid to rest at Via B. And the girls just get more and more beautiful; I love that little C is eating solids! HUGS from the east coast; we miss you ALL!

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