Indian Summer is the blessing of warm days when we least expect it. This year, the perfect summer days of July and August were nowhere to be found. In verdant crispness, they did appear mid October. I am grateful for such perfect days.
This kiss of sunshine happily coincided with a reunion of college friends at my house in East Hampton. My precious friends and I have a decades long bond that is hard to describe. Suffice it to say that we grew up together and have celebrated our friendship, and all of the twists and turns along the way, for over four decades.
This is not really a style post. I dressed for comfort and sun protection. But I do like to pass along happy vibes as they come my way.
At the beach we were but 3 of 6 people in a vast expanse of sandy shores. At a vineyard we were 3 of 5 tiny specs of folks, on a lush green parcel of 55 acres. When you would expect pumpkin patches and robust merlot leaves changing in the sun, I instead give you these to see.
I wore my default “day-time pajamas”. You have seen this. Camo pants, last seen here, and a striped tee. Blah, blah. But it is surprising to see no layers in Mid-October. Indian summer celebration!
Above and Below the Wölffler Estate Vineyard, ( locally know as the wine stand ) a lush wine-producing oasis in the heart of the Hamptons. I have written about the beauty of the Hamptons before, especially in the “off -season”.
You might have had the opportunity to taste the aptly named Rosé form this vineyard, “Summer in a bottle”, a Wölffler Life-Style Wine. It may sounds a bit pretentious, but is is pure fruity heaven.
My friends and I caught up on our families’ accomplishments and whereabouts, often circling back, and into, each other’s lives. While we went to school together in the Midwest, one of my friend’s daughter in law is interning at a hospital just a few miles away from me in Manhattan .
A snap of my friend and I at the vineyard soaking up the sun in a fond hug. Cheers to 42 years of friendship and to decades more! My other friend is behind the camera, and the fourth is home tending to her ailing hubby. We miss her!
In prepartion for the visit, I kept the pool open so we could sit outside in the woods and hear the gentle gurgling of the water. I certainly did not think it would be warm enough to swim , but it was! And no we didn’t, as I had the heat off.
So at this point in the post, I regale you with a list of the fabulous, celebrity laden hot-spots we flocked to. Lol, no. We did have a lovely mid-day lunch at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, but other than that- and our wine and cheese afternoon at the vineyard- this little blogger was home cooking and feasting on friendship.
So how are you ? Are you also enjoying an Indian summer ?
Do you keep up with old friends? If you do not, I urge to to pick up the phone and do so!
—— XOXO, Elle ——
Oh what a wonderful time catching up with friends! It’s great the warm weather was around for you too 🙂
Hope that you had a lovely weekend! So rainy here, we spent all the time indoors. Definitely not summer like, ha!
Away From The Blue Blog
rain can be fun for indoor projects though !
Enjoy your family Mica!
Oh yes! We cycled yesterday for a few hours. It was stranger, because it was very winst, all the leaves were floating around. And yet it was very warm! I love it! Friends for so long? Fabulous!
Yes it is wonderful and a bit confusing too!
Yes, cheers to long friendships!
Wonderful pictures Elle. You must be lucky to live near the sea.:)
We enjoy an indian dummer too. Great weather here in Germany.
Enjoy these days Elle❤️
Thanks so much Tina!
Enjoy the blissfuly weather!
Lovely way to spend a couple of days!
We’ve had some great weather but it might be over now. Yesterday we managed to get a lovely hike in.
A hike sounds fabulous Suzanne!
Aren’t these Indian Summer days fantastic? We are having the same weather here in Belgium. A good time to top up the Vitamin E levels before the long, dark Winter months! And what a fantastic place for a get together with friends. 42 of friendship does need celebrating! In fact, I am having a meet-up with two friends I’ve been to school with, and a quick calculation has just made me realize we’ve known each other for 42 years as well! What a coincidence! xxx
Yes, yes they are! What a happy coincidence ! You must celebrate too!
How nice to have such long term friendships I have a few too. And how nice to spend your get togethers in the Hamptons, very nice!
it is a wonderful feeling!
What a fabulous way to catch up! This must be really fun. Great photos dear!
Jessica | notjessfashion.com
it really was, Have a great week!
This looks like an amazing summer trip dear
Thanks for sharing great moments.
Jane | The Bandwagon Chic
Thanks Jane, it was indeed.
Looks like a beautiful summer well spent Elle. Nothing like catching up with friends. Love the comfort of your outfit.
I have been errant about keeping with friends, old AND new! Bad 🙁
The winery looks lovely where you were. I love going out east after the summer season when the crowds are gone (and the traffic!).
I feel like we had barely any “summer to fall” time with all that horrible humidity and now we’ve jumped right into “fall into winter” with this cold and wind!
Elle, in Bavaria there is an unbelievable Indian Summer with unexpected warm days! I see it is similar in your area and you really enjoy these days. Thanks a lot for the amazing pictures and although you say that this is not a style post I love your relaxed look with the cool pants! Happy fall, dear Elle!
What a lovely warm blogpost Elle. I have got some “old” friends like you have and some precious “newer” ones too. Female friendship is so valuable. Good reminder to all of us to pick up the phone! I will certainly do so. Love, Lieske
What a beautiful day with your friends. So wonderful to have lifelong friends such as this. I love the pictures and the wine sounds tasty!
thank you for linking!
it was a joyous day for sure! The wine was delish, but I could only enjoy a few sips! Better than nothing though!
How wonderful to celebrate friendship! And the weather was celebrating it with you! Happy to see your genuine smiles!
My dearest friends are from the university or the time at the university (even if we didn’t study together). We still are interested in each other and support one another, even though we live on different continents for too many years!
Keeping up with friend ands cherishing their friendship, is wonderful ! The best tonic !