These Fleeting Days of Summer

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      1. Are you a dog stalker too then? 😉 My favourites among the dogs in my building are the Great Dane, a hyper Retriever and an old Boxer (who is carried by his master to the park because he is injured).

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  1. What a fun read! I loved how you described the biker, I could really see him before my inner eye 🙂
    Oh and poor Adi, he deserves a break once in a while 😀
    And is this your aparment? It looks so cozy!

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  2. I am secretly suspecting you to be the author of the bluish scrawlings there, wise-cracking it again 😉 I am also curious about those plans of doormen to rule the roadways. Please let me know if there are any further indications this is imminent.

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    1. You make me laugh out loud with every comment you leave, Lars. You shall be intimated about such plans though you have to keep quiet about it – it could herald a mighty revolution of sorts.

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  3. I recall seeing a lot of these photos already 😀
    I especially lots those puzzles, I am dying to do a new puzzle, but I still have no space yet ?

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  4. Just loved this….felt your languid mind…had a sudden urge to visit your home… beautifully written …. waiting for more of such pointless stuff…. lovely!

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  5. I was so looking forward to a photo of your old geezer biker dude to compare him to our town’s equally old biker dude with his 1970’s flowing hair, mustache and beard which is now snow white and really quite striking. I’m sure it’s not the same guy so it must be that every town gets one aging biker hanging onto his glory days and some pretty good looking hair. Thanks for the smiles.

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    1. Why you are quite welcome. Thank you for the comment that made me laugh. Hanging around Broadway waiting to get that missed shot of him – might stink of desperation! I shall try to hold myself back.

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  6. That moustache! How I want to see it for myself …. settling in, nesting like the glorious birds you have seen – it takes time and care. Your lovely ramble through your place, reminiscences of the early days finding feet and easing yourself in accompanied by a slough of fetching photos has me stateside dreaming. Keep settling (and puzzling) well xx

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    1. Those were worthy whiskers 🙂 Aw nesting. That is a lovely term. We are doing just that, Osyth. Thank you for indulging my rambling. Stateside dreaming. Love those words. I shall carry out your advise to the hilt! xx

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  7. What a lovely piece, pulled me right into your life. To be honest, sometimes it pays to be indolent. I am training for a 10k swim (a sort of marathon) and I’m mostly knackered. I am looking forward to a few indolent months come winter (although last year that cost me two stones and none of my clothes fit me.) Beautiful pictures too. I loved the description of the moustache…

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    1. A 10k swim sounds fabulously draining. But oh how lovely and svelte you will feel! That feeling itself is invaluable. Thank you for the kind words, Mary. Hope you are having a chilled out Sunday. xx

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  8. Enjoyed reading your summer musings and seeing the marvelous photographs. Liked your observations on the geezer’s mustache. For a while Lex had a mustache too and he did get some ribbing for it – some of his buddies kept comparing it to a 70’s porn star ‘stache. I was glad when he shaved it off. Did you make the chocolate cake with the scarlet raspberries? Lovely and scrumptious! – Neek

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    1. Thank you sweet Neek and you added another variety to my grasp of the ‘stache family. Poor Lex. Moustache dreams nipped in the bud? He could do a series of posts on various looks and boy would it be a hit.

      The chocolate cake did turn out delicious. It was a dark chocolate-raspberry cake with a filling of raspberry and chocolate ganache. The frosting looks grainy because I did the boo boo of overheating the chocolate. I extend a fat slice to you (since I have frozen it and we are having it bit by bit) 😛 xx

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      1. Great idea! Not sure if Lex would be willing to comply. Maybe I could persuade him to try some fake ones 😉 The cake looks so professional – didn’t notice any grainy frosting. A masterpiece worthy of a salute to Captain Cupcake! We will accept your slice with honor and solemnity.

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  9. I love doing puzzles! And eating home made cake at the same time? Yummm. It seems we are right in the middle of summer in Japan right now, with days reaching 35 degrees. Enjoy the rest of your summer 🙂

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  10. Beautiful photos! This summer has been quite slow as well for me – no big trips, just some small ones and a lot of bbq parties and lazing at home with Netflix and chilled beer 😀 I noticed two days ago that the days are getting shorter and although I love autumn I will miss the sunny days..

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    1. Is that not one of the best ways to spend summer? Bbq parties and chilled beer and Netflix… I love every element of your summer party. Of course nothing beats getting out there and sweating it out with some hikes and views to soothe the soul.

      I like these long days though I am glad the humidity is kinda leaving us alone. Here in NY/NJ the heat is so stifling. We never felt the sting of summer in the UK except for a few weeks. Though I am quite excited about the colours of autumn here. I hear it is spectacular. Something’s gotta give 😉 xx

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  11. “Its rider’s blond white moustache defied gravity in the face of momentum. It was all over his face not unlike bleached cotton candy ” Wow! what an image. Such a delightful joy to read this little nugget in your post today! Thank you, Dippy-Dotty Girl!

    p.s. Those photos … always so wonderful. Can I ask, taken with an SLR camera or with a smartphone? So rich.

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  12. I’m feeling the end of summer in the air too. I had to laugh about your hair. Mine is a frizz ball most of the year here in damp Vancouver (summer is actually better). Hope you get Adi off the couch but looks like there are too many pleasant things keeping him there (cake with raspberries looks delicious!).

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    1. Thank you Caroline! I hate being Monica during humid summers. The humidity gets the better of my mane. Adi pretends to work out. Once a week he goes to the gym and then comes back home glowing with half an hour’s run on the treadmill! I do not know why I do not give up :-/

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  13. Is it me or it looks like a serious home now? I am glad that some books survived the moving and that a little slice (I mean part but I was thinking about the cake) of London made it to your new house. The rooftop looks stunning as always!

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    1. Thank you Virginia! We are quite in love with the new furniture…I have two cupboards stashed with books and a few have been added since we have arrived 😉 The British spirit is caught inside the American shell of our home. xx

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  14. Another great post, with great pictures. Love the title too, immediately had a picture in my mind of a summer day closing into evening 🙂 I am nominating you for the Sunshine Blogger Award, the post goes up tomorrow, I have linked your blog in it but just in case you don’t get a notification 🙂

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  15. Fellow rambler…..here I am.
    a) I’d like to meet the girl too and scream my head off at the same time.
    b) Your photography skills are unmatched. I adore them:-)
    & c) If I could get a piece of that cake…..my life would be complete.

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    1. Hiya Charity, thanks for the laugh and the sweet thought. If I could I would send you a cake all for yourself.
      If I spot her, I shall try and exercise my vocal cords to their fullest capacity. Also I will ask her to consider posing for a photograph…after all I come highly recommended. xx

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  17. . Love the deed too, immediately had a icon in my thinker of a summertime mean solar day completion into even ? I am nominating you for the Sunshine Blogger accolade, the station goes up tomorrow, I let linked your blog in it but just in casing you wear’t beget a presentment ?

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