the rhythm of thyme….

thyme_mortar_18jul_0072Monotony has a way of reducing dreams to ashes. We need a change from the monotone. an arrhythmic interval such as is provided by the warm rain falling on my bare feet, which protrude from beneath the awning, as I take my morning coffee. Summer dusted olive greens and ochres have been enhanced by this water coloured palette. The musky scent of rain soaked earth has replaced the narcotic perfume of herbs in heat. This transformed garden scape is somehow welcome, providing a moment for reflection on the blazing heat of yesterday and the near certainty of more to come. A Miss Haversham moment without time for putrefaction and cobwebs: the bridegroom is definitely coming back.

Nature seems to be having a well earned rest from the arduous business of summer. That previous heated silence, which was only interrupted by the buzzing of bees, is now replaced by a calmer silence that canΒ beΒ heard beyond the birdsong. Today’s silence is not the taut drumskin of oppressive heat, but the soft down pillow of waking moments when one dreams of sleeping on.

I set out to write about what I was going to cook, from the wonderful ingredients that I bought yesterday, but I got transported.


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36 Responses to the rhythm of thyme….

  1. Mad Dog says:

    Wow rain! Temperatures in London are still the same as Barcelona and there’s no rain in sight.
    I take comfort in the fact that school’s out from today and the mass exodus of holidaying parents and children will turn London into a sleepy village.
    Maybe not, but it will get a bit quieter πŸ˜‰

  2. I love your box of gourds, melons, and succulents! So beautiful. As were your words. Lucky you, you got a bit of a rain. London could use some. Blackheath is no longer green, but straw colored. In other news, the Kent cherry festival is tomorrow and I hope the rain doesn’t decide to show up for that!

  3. Lulu says:

    We have had an inordinate amount of rain in Maine this summer so we celebrate sun these days. Your posts are a joy I look forward to, and I find myself wishing to take one of your food photography sessions. Who knows, it could happen.

  4. Thank you for the lovely moment of being transported elsewhere. A nice break from a busy morning. πŸ™‚

  5. Glad you’re ab;e to keep your cool in the summer, Roger. πŸ˜‰ Excellent post. Have a great weekend!

  6. For some reason I keep reading, the rhyme for thyme…..enjoy your way of thinking and being creative with words….looking forward what dish will come out of your veggie box

  7. I’ll take the eggplant!

  8. I enjoyed being transported with you there for a few moments – summer rain, wonderful!

  9. As I looked at your photo of vegetables, I became jealous. I wasn’t sure exactly why, and had to think about it for a moment. This created a resolution within me to go to the local vegetable markets and take a picture. My goal is to determine if the cameras are pulling out more color from the produce or if I’m just not paying attention to the world around me. It very well could be the latter.

  10. Thyme never looked so beautiful.
    Love your writing.

  11. Thyme is lovely. As is time…….

  12. Eha says:

    Suddenly a warmth around my cold feet also and a forward memory to the balmy days to come but a few months away . . think I’ll scroll back for another burst . . . πŸ™‚ ! But id did rain and how in the French Alps last night: and how the thunder crashed and darkness descended upon tired cylists atop five Alp passes up to 2000 metres and I was glad to watch from bed . . .

    • I always forget that the Southern Hemisphere is in winter. Now I’ve remembered, it’s reminded me that our winter is not that far away now.

      • Eha says:

        Well, I wonder what you would have thought of the reality of 20-22 C for over a week past here . . . and the many daring show-offs on the beaches! Methinks, the days to come normailizing the situation . . . and do not be negative . . .there’s the rest of July and hot August and almost summery September for you . . . .

      • You’re right. In fact September, October and the beginning of November are lovely months of the year here.

  13. Michelle says:

    Those veg look so perfect in the chair, it’s almost a shame to cook them! But I’m really partial to that thyme photo.

  14. Tandy says:

    Another perfect day!

  15. I don’t think I took in much after reading about warm rain on bare feet.. I felt transported and wish to experience that one day.. I’ll be stuck on that thought for a long while, I think!

  16. Karen says:

    I’m sure you relished the moments of soft rain to break the heat and dust of the summer…even if only for a short while.

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