One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

On Memorial Day

It’s been a lovely weekend, full of time with friends and family, barbecues, shopping, days at the beach and what-not.   The delightful weather we’ve been enjoying this May has continued through the weekend, leading us sometimes to believe it was actually the Fourth of July and not Memorial Day.

The sky was hazy this morning when we woke, an acrid smell of smoke in the air mingling with the scent of heliotrope and roses.   Eventually we learned the smoke is drifting down over us from forest fires in Quebec, a trick of wind currents out of the north.

As always on this last Monday in May, we gathered in the center of town, to take a moment to reflect on the friends and family members who’ve served our country – in all too many cases – given their lives to protect our freedoms, to allow us to have weekends full of such joy and merriment.

Today, we thank those men and women and their families for all they have given.

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Comments on: "On Memorial Day" (4)

  1. It’s too easy to forget what this day is about, isn’t it? I include myself in that. It was easier for us at the old house, since the Memorial Day parade literally went by our front door, so it prompted us to fly the flag and stand outside to clap for the veterans who marched by. It’s important that we remember the sacrifices so many have made!

  2. Wonderful weather for this special event.
    Hope you have a good Summer.

  3. Very lovely

  4. Around here, it’s Race Day weekend, and about half a million people come to remind us. Now that it’s over, we do remember the reason for the holiday.

    I like to drag my cursor over your photos to get your titles. It helps me to identify flowers and plants, and some of your captions are hilarious. But you’ve tagged the second-to-last photo OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA. Huh?

    Ha ha. You caught me. The title of the photo is something I add after cropping, lightening, darkening, or otherwise fiddling with a photo. The second to the last image is one I added without doing any of that stuff at the last moment. I guess it just defaulted to the camera that took it, which is still slightly more artful perhaps than P5310008, which is what the camera itself named it.

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