Mondays are for dreaming: Tea, peace, welcome, Vermont

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Usually my Monday Dreaming posts are all about words, but for a change today I thought I’d focus on a dreamy photograph instead. I’ve been saving this one up; I took it on an atypically hot day at the Waitsfield Farmers Market in August.

There are many things I love about this picture: The poetry created by the signs, the mud on the pick-up truck, the completely unselfconscious way this older woman lets her blouse slide down her tan shoulders. But I especially love how immediately this picture takes me back to the golden summer light, the long days, the perfect sun-warmed tomatoes that I ate dressed in the smallest drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

And so I am dreaming of Vermont as it was, is, and always shall be in my heart. This week is about when the farmers market ends for the season. The foliage, especially brilliant this fall from a rainy summer, has peaked in most places and the days are shortening. By the time we get there in November the mountains will wear their winter coats of deep green and purple, possibly topped with a frilly collar of white. The boys and I will make a circuit of all our favorite places to see how different they look and we will remember those summer days of peace and welcome.

Finally, I had thought this week was the one-year anniversary of this feature, but when I went back to check I realized that I was off by a month! My first dream about Norway was posted on September 10 last year. I guess time flies when you’re having a good time. In the past 13 months I’ve dreamed of places from Australia to Venice; please browse the links in the left-hand column of my blog (under the heading “Dreaming Of“) if you’d like to see some of the posts.

Although I may have missed the anniversary, I am still  so grateful to all of you who have read and commented on my essays and those who have shared their own. As long as there are Mondays, there will be dreams at The Mother of All Trips. I hope you’ll tell us yours.

Note: I’m in the process of switching from Mr. Linky to a different widget and hope to have that in place next week. If you’d like to share your Monday Dream this week I again ask that you simply do so in the comments. If it’s the most recent post on your site, the Comment Luv feature will link to it automatically; otherwise you can enter the link manually.

Reader Responses

6 fellow travelers had this to say

  1. Beautiful photo! Happy belated one year anniversary! Dreaming about the next trip is just as much fun as planning one! Definitely less stressful!
    .-= Jen@TwoKidsandaMap´s last blog ..Dreaming of Destin =-.

  2. I also believe in tea and peace. I love this photo and your post, Mara.

    Today, I am dreaming of Ikea… in Singapore!

    http://monnamcd.blogspot.com/2009/10/dreaming-of-ikea-and-singapore.html
    .-= Monna´s last blog ..Dreaming of Ikea (and Singapore) =-.

  3. I am dreaming of Vermont also. We are heading up next week to enjoy the foliage, cheese, apples, people and whatever else we happen upon. It is such a wonderful place.

    Congratulations on the first year!
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Photo Fridays – Non Coffee Treats on the Kona Coffee Trail =-.

  4. Gorgeous photo.

    I’ve only been to Vermont once, but loved it instantly. I’d love to see it in the fall!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm =-.

  5. Thanks all – Jen and Monna, I live your posts. Meg – I hope you will be posting about your trip to VT! And Amy, it’s worth a trip in the fall. I’m thinking that next year I may need to figure out how to get the kids up there to see some foliage.

  6. I love that lady in the photo, she wears summer well. So I’ve never been to Vermont, hoping to make it there next summer.
    Congratulations on a your Monday anniversary. Always look forward to reading.

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