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  • The Kelvin is a river in Glasgow, Scotland. I don’t think you would want to eat slush made from it. But mmmmmm, seersucker.

  • Ahh…the hammock under the tree, cherries and an adventure book…What could be better? (Maybe the Eiffel tower of LV???) Nope – who needs cool luggage when there are flip flops, green grass and an adorable dog? Happy August!

  • A fabulous August post and the blanket looks wonderful! Here in DC things grind to a halt in August also – the fact that its 1000 degrees helps and yes there always seem to be more children. Feels like we’re all just waiting for something (and we all know what it is.)

  • I love that you are working so hard behind the scenes to provide future summery childhood memories!
    And speaking of memories, your Holbrook/Twain image is dead on! Do you remember the hats that went with the seersucker suits? They weren’t (exactly) seersucker hats – were they straw? – but they had grosgrain ribbon bands that *coordinated* with the summer suits.
    Ginger slush…mmmm. Ginger anything, really. Irresistable 🙂

  • Kay,
    You rock.
    That is all.

  • I aspire to own a seersucker suit one day.( As I’ve grown older, my aspirations are not as grand but more likely to be fulfilled.)

  • Ginger slush sounds fabulous! BTW, where do you hang a hammock in NYC?

  • I feel the same way about knitting shawls. I always want to make them and then remind myself that I’ll never wear them. But you’re right, that’s not really the point. Cast on! Do it!

  • My best friend reminisces about spending a summer lying on her bed, reading, with a big bowl of apples to munch on. Still sounds good to me, but a hammock is even more perfect.

  • Seersucker suits…reminds me of a recent beach weekend in NC where I saw a wedding party on its way into church for an afternoon wedding. The women were pretty in their dark blue satin, but the men were all in seersucker, including the groom. Lovely.

  • ah yes…..the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. we used to have a hammock in our living room. a great way to rock the babies to sleep…….

  • Quinn remembers the hats with the suits, too–Wall Street, circa late 70’s early 80’s…I thought I was imagining it, or had read too many books of a certain era. Thank you for posting that, Quinn and Kay! My laugh of the day…

  • Seersucker suits…
    It was my 11th spring, and (new to NY) I was to participate in my first field day. My parents were out of town, other relatives were working, and granny didn’t get around too much (if you know what I mean).
    The games began, and no one was there to cheer me on. Suddenly, I saw my beautiful cousin Joanna, fashionably late–but THERE! Just as if she were my big sister!
    Perfectly made up and coiffed, she looked especially lovely in her new seersucker suit.
    The year was 1965. It was a seemingly small thing, but I’ll always be grateful.
    Thanks for checking in, Kay, and for the trip down memory lane.
    LoveDiane

  • Enjoy August. It seems never-ending. . . and then all of a sudden. . . WHOOSH! It’s gone!

  • Ah, but Kelvin is also a temperature scale referenced to absolute zero, so that make a lot of sense for slush! Clever name.
    August is being perfect here in Portland, high in the 80’s and blessedly cool mornings. Maybe you need to come back and re-sample the food carts.
    Nice Courthouse Steps!

  • I don’t wear shawls either, but you have me lusting for that Eiffel Tower number!
    My father had a seersucker suit in the 1970’s, after my parents moved from the Bay Area to Fresno. Yes, it’s a dry heat, but three months of 100F temperatures make an impression.
    Quinn, straw hats, for sure, aka “boaters”.
    Where can I get a ginger slushee?

  • The ginger slush sounds amazing, except for the ice-pick-in-the-eye feeling it would cause….
    And your vow not to cast on until you’re done with *anything* currently on the needles made me laugh, since just last night I decided to frog a long-dormant project so I could cast-on without guilt!

  • Oooh — question about lint! You mentioned that you had to de-lint Louie’s very nice blanket: is that just part of the deal with a cotton blanket? I made my new son a moderne baby blanket — loved it; washed it…and it came out COVERED in lint! So it’s been in the basement in disgrace since then. I used Brown Sheep cotton fleece. If I just de-lint, wash, and repeat a few times, will it recover, do you think?

  • Thanks for sharing~

  • I have a closet shelf full of shawls that I rarely wear, but the shelf just keeps getting fuller. Perhaps I need to change my life to fit my shawls.

  • Seersucker has been very in with the hipster crowd in Brooklyn. Also, check out the Sartorialist’s Gilded Age Jazz Party shots from Governers Island.
    Also, down in the financial district during the heat I have seen, for the past few years, people wearing three piece suits and pith helmets (?!?).

  • Governors Island, that is. Duh.

  • Brooks Brothers still sells those suits and my Dad still wears his seersucker jacket on occasion. My Grandfather, a born and bred Massachusetts Yankee, used to wear a brown and white seersucker in the summer. I miss them – you rarely see them even in the Deep South anymore

  • Step away from the shawl. As you say, you don’t do shawls, but you do do a very nice line in blankets, and I think Cromer could do with one. (Only joking)(ish).
    It is a nice shawl though. For a Francophile shawl-y person. x x x

  • Mmmmm, slush on the city streets. I know you’ll get knitting once the routine picks up again. This morning, Zoé announced that the family’s next vacation had to be in New York! (Fair warning.)

  • Seeing this post is such a cool reminder of childhood summer days and an excellent message against year-round school. Not all important lessons are learned in a classroom.

  • Oh, man, I moved from California to DC last year. The first time I saw a man in a seersucker suit, I said to myself, “…this has got to be the Apocalypse.”

  • Cherries, hammock, books, faithful friend–but where’s the boy? Yankees game, perhaps…

  • A hammock. I think that is what our backyard is missing. I wonder if any of our trees are close enough together for one or if I will have to wait 15 years to grow a hammock holding tree.

  • I wear shawls. Shawls are great, especially for around the house to cover a loose tank top and keep you from getting too chilly in the a/c. Shawls can be used on a moment’s notice for a cover-up, blanket, picnic tablecloth, scarf, tourniquette….oh, so many things! In my opinion they should be made out of silk or rayon.

  • the mayor allows slush trucks on the streets
    will wonders never cease
    i would want to try most every flavor and floats for only two dollars i will have apricots
    summer means brooks brothers -thank you kay
    lots of memories for this florida transplant
    its nice to see the good humor truck all grown up

  • I’m thinking that Tom Ewell wore a seersucker suit in “Seven Year Itch”!

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