The kitchen window in summer.
|The view from the kitchen sink|
Tomatoes on the sill. Because my mother (and grandmother) always did. House plants -- herbs live here in winter but plants that make me smile live here in summer -- an old fashioned Christmas cactus which was a gift from a dear friend, a violet of my mother's, and a myrtle topiary in a hand thrown pot which I brought back last year from England. I think I finally may have figured out how to grow these little plants. I've had it since early April and it not only lives but it thrives -- so much so that I think it needs a haircut, a trim!
To the right of the window is an old crock in which I make my tutti fruiti. It's hand in the summer so it's easy to add the 2 cups of fruits as they come in season along with an equal amount of sugar. And at hand, too, so that you can stir the mixture daily with a wooden spoon. Once all the fruits are in, it will go down to the fruit cellar to be used on cakes and ice creams all winter long.
And hanging from the top of the window is the "fly trap". It's a part of summer as well.
|Some things work as well in the 21st Century as they did in the 19th|
It's hand blown glass with a hole in the bottom and a cork in the top. Sugar water is added and the flies (or wasps) crawl in and drown in the sugar water.
When friend Shirley Ann and I went to Natchez years ago we found this fly trap often in the kitchens or larders of the Plantation Homes that we toured. We both decided that we "needed" one and although we didn't buy them there, I feel like it is a remembrance of that trip.
I put mine up in the kitchen every summer. It does trap some flies that manage to get in the house (husband Jim is good at swatting the others) and I like the sun shining through the blue water.
I love how the house changes with the seasons. From herbs on the windowsill in the winter to tomatoes in the summer, the kitchen window is a barometer of the seasonal change on the prairie of Kansas.
It's Sunday and I'm joining the Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.