|I love summer. I always did. Summer is the time when every day’s little problems seem to be so much smaller, more solvable. Weather is usually beautiful in these parts and what I love most are the gentle winds of summer. The simple reason is that the winds are warm, yet cooling on a real hot day. They are lulling us into a feel of happiness. |
Days without wind tend to get too hot and steamy, until a nice breeze springs up cooling us down. When the tree crowns are starting to move and the flowers and meadows are dancing I feel the best.
But as soon as the first days of fall have come the wind is changing its tone. No more gentle breezes but strong winds – almost storms - are then blowing off the sea. The wind gets colder and hostile and makes you grab your thick jacket. And once fall is over the wind is changing again. While it was cold before it is now ice-cold, downright freezing. Snow and sleet can be part of the mix. The east coast is known for being an inhospitable place during winter season. Brrr…lets not go there yet.
With summer comes also berry picking. We have been picking Red Currant and right now it’s time for Raspberries. For the last 4 days I have been picking over half a pound every evening. And now we even discovered several trees with Service Berries. They are also called Saskatoon Berries. They are very sweet and make for great pie fills!!
Of course it’s a bonus if we have a summer wind blowing as it will keep away nasty bugs and mosquitos. Later we are gonna be flooded with Blackberries.
Blackberry (or Raspberry) Upside-Down Cake
Original recipe makes 10 servings