Hello, Goodbye

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Ferris the Philosopher

It’s not even here yet.
But I know how quickly it goes.

In Montpelier, where I lived for the decade of the 1990s, they have a saying: “There are two seasons in Vermont: Winter and the Fourth of July.”

It’s not that extreme in Boston, but I didn’t want to miss out.
So I decided to celebrate summer before it officially arrives.

By taking one of my favorite Boston walks.
Through part of what they call the Emerald Necklace.


I’ve written about it before:


I joined it about halfway, at Olmsted Park in Brookline.

Where I found these two cuties.

Mommy and Daddy were keeping careful watch.

Then I went around Jamaica Pond.

A delightful spot for reflection.
And a rest!

Before finally reaching my goal: The Arnold Arboretum.
It was incredibly lush.

Owned by Harvard University, the Arboretum features a collection of exotic trees and flowers from around the world.

Like this one.

And this one.

And this.

Of course, they also have many native species.

I think this is the mountain laurel.

But some of the flowers are already fading.

I was lucky to catch the last of the peonies.

 The roses are still wonderful.

But for how long?

I wish you could enjoy the scents.

This jasmine was totally intoxicating!
But that sweet perfume will also depart.

Summer starts for real on Wednesday.
Glad I took the time to enjoy it.

Before it flies away.