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 ——