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The last Campari of the summer: perfectly bittersweet.

Posted in Aging, Food, and Food & Entertaining

IMG_1501I was awake early this morning – it was just after five and still dark. The nephew and nieces were asleep next door and had pinched all the blankets from my bed to wrap up against the chill whilst we munched sausages – cooked on the barbecue for the last time – for our dinner. Jack had crept under my duvet and was fast asleep, snuffling in his dreams. I could smell chill and the sea in the morning air and I realised it was time to acknowledge that summer was finally over. That the days would get shorter and the rains would soon be setting in. Despite all the life and warmth I had around me, the thought made me unbearably sad.

Then the alarm sounded and I was hurled into the day – getting the three dressed, fed, brushed and out of the house to school. Letting the cleaner in and telling her what was for lunch. Showing the gardener what needed doing. Feeding Jack, showering, dressing, pulling on a trench-coat against the cold morning. Hitting the highway – unassailable blues along for the ride

It was only as I crested the rise into town and saw the harbour that my sadness dissolved. I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the word and here it was laid out before me. Going about it’s boaty business. And I realised: sure there was change coming. But it was going to be just fine.

IMG_1498_2When we went for a walk this evening Jack scampered through the autumn leaves – chasing the Ibis in the park – who didn’t seem to mind. The air was crisp and fresh. I went to buy our supper and threw in a bag of clementines. The end is always bittersweet – the passing of the familiar and known, getting used to the new. But the end of summer is also a beginning – I have a brand new job with all manner of possibilities. And I knew just how I was going to mark it.

I’m writing this from my courtyard as I sip my Campari and Clementine in the last rays of the sun. I’m wearing both a warm woolen shawl and sunglasses. Cheers to you all, here’s to embracing change.

(All images copyright campari&sofa. This post was not sponsored by Campari – we just love it.)

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11 Comments

  1. Glenis Widlish.
    Glenis Widlish.

    Susie – do you remember these words “It’s your mother speaking”. If you do not get down and concentrate fully on the “Wrinkleheimers” I will personally have to come down to Cape Town – and once again I quote “give you a good slap”. Your style of writing, your story line – all is there. Use your God given talent my girl!!!!!

    May 11, 2013
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    • Glennie – I remember those words well. I promise to have the book finished by the end of the year – there I said it.

      May 11, 2013
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  2. silvia
    silvia

    A toast to you sofagirl and to the unexpected everchanging beautiful shades of life.
    Here spring is still hiding behind the winter tail giving this country a psychotic season with outstanding sunsets.

    May 11, 2013
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  3. Is this in Cape Town? I was there in 1982–I remember it as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Salud!

    May 11, 2013
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    • Wow – I wonder if you would recognise much of it now … CT has become a real cosmopolitan city. But the mountain and the beauty is still the same.

      May 11, 2013
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  4. Cheers indeed. To new beginnings and all the joys it will bring xx

    May 10, 2013
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  5. This brings me back to a late, hot afternoon in Rome, sitting at a cafe just outside our apartment, sipping Campari and blood orange juice and feeling very much at peace with life

    May 10, 2013
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    • That was one of life’s most happy moments!

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  6. Ingrid
    Ingrid

    Delightful! We of course are experiencing the opposite transition in Boston. Today I biked to and from work for the first time since October (18 miles) and got sweaty for the first time in quite a while. A Campari and clementine would be delicious right now.

    May 10, 2013
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    • Sounds like the perfect end to such a long ride!

      May 11, 2013
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