June is busting out all over

The weather has been off and on foul so far this June, chilly with heavy showers and gale force winds.  I can remember one or two fine warm days since April, but not many in a row.

strawberry tea 1   strawberry tea 2   strawberry tea 3

An exception was last Saturday’s strawberry tea – a very British Garden party with lawn games and the obligatory raffle, which raised the satisfying sum of 1000 euros for la Ligue Contre le Cancer  The tea was splendid:  elegant cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, scones with butter, strawberry jam and great dollops of thick cream and luscious cakes.


Last year we had a box of pansies
on the windowsill
to cheer us for a while until
the winter came.
This year the gravel by the house
is speckled with purple there –
pansy seeds explode and scatter
spreading cheerful faces everywhere.

Heartsease  (Viola tricolor) AKA pansy, three faces in a bonnet  —  Photo by alex.stemmer depositphotos.com

For Sally’s wild challenge


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18 Responses to 6-word-Saturday

  1. I’m off to a cream tea this afternoon and it looks like November out there 😦

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  2. How wonderful the weather co-operated for at least one important day. I love having a formal tea. And pansies are my favorite. Mine have stayed here the year round as we had little winter and now a brutal summer. I don’t recall this area ever being so warm so long. And it’s only just the beginning of summer.

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  3. Being American, I’ve always wondered what a proper English tea would be like. The kids and I used to do Poetry Teas for fun. We would memorize a poem to recite while enjoying an assortment of hot teas, mini sandwiches, little cookies and cakes, and such.

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  4. colonialist says:

    I am more inclined to coffee and cream cakes lately, but still! The pansies are delightful, and remind me that we need to reserve a spot for a bed of them.

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  5. Candy says:

    There’s nothing like a proper British tea. Your pansy poetry is most pleasing!

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  6. MarinaSofia says:

    Looks splendid! We’re enjoying the weather here too, although we get the inevitable evening thunderstorms (that’s what comes of living in a bucket of a lake surrounded by mountains).

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  7. Romi says:

    The strawberry tea — it sounds fascinating!

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  8. Jim says:

    I like your six pansies, Viv. Sorry I missed your tea. We were sailing to Norway but had been in London and France the weeks before. Perhaps next time.

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  9. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Every June is different; some we like, and some we don’t!

    Six Words and Shadows

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  10. Ron. says:

    Mid-week was kind of icky here, but the weekend holds real promise. Great way to start the summer vacation from school. My Beloved Sandra and I are headed to The Outer Banks soon. I’m sure I’ll be writing about it, maybe have some pictures, too.

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  11. restlessjo says:

    That’s two of you cheating this week! Have you seen Elaine’s 7? Must be the weather 🙂
    Isn’t it strange? We’ve just had a lovely week here. Not HOT but very pleasant by our standards, yet a friend went to the Algarve and said it was cool and windy! I felt rather guilty but I can’t control the weather Gods 😦

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  12. We had a beautiful warm day yesterday, though not particularly sunny, but now it’s a dull, wet and cool day. I love pansies – the gravel by your house must be looking lovely.

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  13. tialys says:

    We’ve had some very hot days down here but then it sort of gets itself in a tiz and decides to turn into a storm. I’m sure the climate here has changed in the last 3 years. We always used to be able to rely on the weather in June but not so much now. I hope things cheer up for you up there soon.


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