Summertime Blues

“Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.” – Bob Marley

Over on our other site Weekly Prompts, the Wednesday Challenge from partner GC and me is Summer Projects

Gerry talks about summer being the time to make a start on all those outstanding jobs, and who knows, maybe during this lockdown we might even have time to finish last year’s project.

I’m told that the summer hasn’t been much fun for some people; they’re a tad peeved about holidays (vacations) that have been cancelled, and not only that but the lockdown has found them cajoled into undertaking projects they’d rather not do. This is especially so for teenagers ‘stuck at home’ as their parents think up ‘useful’ activities.

A word of warning – Do Not attempt to type while listening to this! I defy anyone to keep those shoulders still, never mind the toes!

My son-in-law Simon, who with my daughter and children lives at the other side of our house, loves a project. Recently he began a small build in a sheltered area of the garden that was once home to my late husband’s vegetable patch. When complete it will be something of an arbour a covered patio. Note the scorched dry grass when compared to a few years ago; we are in desperate need of rain right now.

The play equipment was taken down last year because my teenaged grandchildren had become too old for it. Last weekend my son-in-law put the equipment back so that the youngest members of the family would have somewhere to play when they visit.

My youngest daughter Sophie undertook a summer art project and has created a colourful garden on her driveway.

Five-year-old Evie was allowed to colour in some of the flowers!

The video below has nothing whatsoever to do with anything, I just got carried away listening to Eddie Cochran. Oh, would you look at how many of the youngsters in the audience are chewing gum!

(C) 2020 Wednesday Challenge Summer Projects from Weekly Prompts

30 thoughts on “Summertime Blues

  1. Do I earn extra points for remember the song ……and I remember those days, when I’d do my chalk drawings on our back yard patio area….. But here in Geelong it’s the first week of winter, and it’s been our coldest start to winter for 75 years !!…… my outside projects will be on hold for a few months……

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    1. Very warm here and so lovely to have the heat and be out of winter. It rained overnight here and oh so welcome, we need the grass to grow so that the animals can come back – It’s June and my fields are still empty.
      I think Sophie’s chalked garden will have been washed away!
      Sorry about your cold winter, being cold is not pleasant.
      Thank you, Ivor πŸ™‚

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      1. It’s 4.30 pm, and I’m inside with the heater on, having a hot chocolate and staying warm…. a little bit of blogging, then another lot of exercises… before dinner…. Have a good summer’s day Sue…

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      2. Almost a quarter to eight here and I’m just answering e-mails before I get started on the Reader. It’s raining again this morning and I’m hoping it’s here for the day. I shall have a second coffee, open the balcony doors, listen to the rain and enjoy the damp air. Have a good evening, Ivor πŸ™‚

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  2. I bopped and rocked and made a mess of the comment so started again. So good when the generational thing comes around and up goes the swings. My Winters day was 20C but am preparing for the temps to fall as last night and this morning was quite chill.
    I shall do a reblog of one of my Summer projects possibly x

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    1. That song has quite an effect doesn’t it? πŸ™‚
      If I remember correctly, your part of Australia is a little warmer than where Ivor is in Geelong. 20C would be a gorgeous summer day here but without the chilly nights.

      Thank you, Brian, I’m looking forward to seeing your projects. πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh yes. My place is almost sub-tropical to temperate. Winter days are quite lovely but when the sun goes down the chill hits. I am in the foothills and when it snows in the mountains the chill wind blows down the mountain to my place.
        Reblogged and you have seen it before so no surprise for you πŸ™‚

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  3. Yes, this warm weather has had me outside doing all sorts of jobs. I’ve even surprised myself with what I can do when I need to. Great song too, Sue and I love the driveway with coloured flowers. Much needed rain here too overnight. It also allows for me to have a rest from all of the work. As always, a great thought provoking post, Sue.

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    1. It got me that way too! I went to see Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent just weeks before the car crash that killed Eddie. I went with a group of girls from of my older brother’s crowd, my first ever visit to a theatre. I can still remember the thrill! Thank you, Derrick

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  4. Your photos are lovely, Sue! πŸ™‚ -bringers! πŸ™‚

    And the songs put a pep in my step! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

    Gardening, reading, listening to the birds, taking walks, and so many other things we can do safely right now. And, yes, house and yard projects are wonderful! πŸ™‚ We can have stay-cations this year instead of vacations, if need be. πŸ™‚

    OH OH OH OH OH!!! I love Sophie’s artwork! Please thank her, and Evie, for the beauty they created that brought such joy to my heart and smiles to my face!!! πŸ™‚ ❀

    Some kids in our neighborhood asked permission, years ago, to draw on the sidewalk in front of our house…we said YES!, of course. So they leave us hearts, flowers, smiley faces, greetings, etc., to find after they get busy with their chalks! πŸ™‚

    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Oh, I wish I had Sophie’s talent I would love to be able to draw!
      Thank you so much, Carolyn for such lovely comments πŸ™‚

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      1. If I had Sophie’s beautiful talent I’d go chalk all of my neighbors sidewalks, etc. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

        Well, I have been known to draw smiley faces or hearts on snowy car windshields. πŸ™‚

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  5. Murphy's Law

    I’m glad the swing set has been taken out of mothballs and resurrected for the little guys. I just love Sophie’s driveway art. No doubt Evie’s contribution is what makes it so perfect. I hope the much needed rain didn’t wash it away.

    I think we’re probably all delving into projects during this period of isolation, and that’s a good thing. Things are being repaired/renovated, we’re keeping ourselves occupied, and we get to enjoy the finished project!

    Hope you get sufficient rainfall so those beautiful farm animals can come and graze while you take lots of great photos of them for us to enjoy!!

    Stay well Sue and continue being safe. At least you can get outside more now.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. I believe there’s more rain expected during the next few days and that should help the grass to grow.

      I’ve still no desire to go anywhere just yet, I’ve become quite content at home, fortunately, my kids are still happy to pick up my bits when they do their own supermarket shop. In fact they’re relieved that I don’t want to go out.
      That said, I’ve been thinking about taking my car for a drive just get the battery charged, it’s been locked in the garage since 12th March, I wonder if it will start?

      Thank you very much, Ginger, you stay safe too. πŸ™‚


    1. I will pass on your πŸ¦„ request to Sophie. She’s good at those!
      I so agree about the gum chewing, did their mothers never teach them to chew with their mouths closed? Thank goodness it never took off over here. πŸ™‚

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  6. Summertime Blues was a favourite of mine too. I love Sophie and Evie’s art project; so colourful. It’s pouring with rain here in Florida, so no outdoor projects today and not even our usual early morning walk. 😦

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    1. When I look at back at songs they always seem so short compared to today’s offerings. Hope the rain is welcome over there too. Thank you, Sylvia. πŸ™‚

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  7. Between being retired and having to stay home due to the pandemic, we have more than enough summer projects both in and outside the house to keep us busy. I am enjoying them. My husband….not so much. πŸ˜‰

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    1. You already grew veg didn’t you? I miss our old vegetable plot; daughter Victoria has started a very small new one, but I’m saving the photos of her efforts for another day .


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