Summer’s favorite


For those who haven’t read about the challenge, here is the link to the post with details –
Season’s favorite challenge.

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“… somewhere in my heart I’m always dancing with you in the summer rain”

~Belinda Carlisle

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Summer wasn’t always my favorite season, but with each year passing by I love it more and more. I’m not sure that  I have the right words to describe what exactly I love about summer, I just know that I feel absolutely in peace with myself. The sun, the smell of the sea, the colors of painted toe nails and the sounds of late night giggles … everything is appealing and beautiful. Even the rain has its charm …  Summer is the season of love and passion, romance and dancing under the stars and being a ridiculously romantic person, it’s the time of the year when I see life through the eyes of dreams and flames. What made me love summer that much? The fact that you could never feel cold, even if you’re all alone. And I know there isn’t a place on Earth with 365 days of summer/ literally or metaphorically/, there is always a cloud or a drop of rain to take the sunshine away, but then exactly the change of the seasons is what makes me wait impatiently for every next summer to come.

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– Word –

Pearls have been valued as gemstones for many centuries, and because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable. Summer to me is something admirable, like a beautiful pearl!

– Quote-

“These violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph die, like fire and powder which, as they kiss, consume” — William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

Yes, this quote has nothing to do with summer you’d say, but to me summer is equal to great love and passion, and if every summer has an end, so does every violently, strong love too.

– Poem –

Summer rain

by Blaga Todorova

on my way home
as twilight touched the sky,
rain suddenly came, searching for
fresh air and the velvet of exposed skin

fine drops drawing summer in hearts,
smelled the wind and disappeared
leaves and branches dancing,
laughing at my efforts to stay dry

my purple umbrella, guest of honor here
soaking wet clothes ready to travel
thunder and lightning kissing the clear skies,
clouds invasion, but does it matter

eyes, hands, looking, slipping,
rainbows driving paper cars,
sending every green shadow away,
while our feet share a puddle.

– Book –

Image courtesy - Wikipedia


“Shogun” by James Clavell

In the summer before first year in University when I was supposed to solve math equations and prepare myself for the pre-university math course, I was reading “Shogun”, three times. When my mom found out … it wasn’t a very pleasant moment, but you know, to me it was worth / smiles/. If you haven’t read the book you should, not only the story is engaging but it’s a little encyclopedia on Japanese culture through the eyes of an English sailor. 




– Movie-

“Dirty dancing” – Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances (‘Baby’) falls in love with the camp’s dancing teacher… and who wouldn’t want to have such a summer …

"Dirty dancing" © Sony BMG Entertainment

– Song –

“Summer rain”- Belinda Carlisle

I know this song didn’t have a big success in the music charts and some people consider it a silly song, but I have special memories connected to it, so it doesn’t matter how many times I’ll listen to it, it will still have the same wonderful sound and rhythm. It was the summer of 2002, my first summer in Greece. My first vacation in Santorini and the first time I met summer boy …

– Animal –

Dolphins – they speak of freedom and blue dreams, waves and happy games …

– Flower –

Jasmine, Lilies

– Town –

Santorini, Greece or Nessebar, Bulgaria

The best summer holidays I’ve had were at these two places. Santorini reminds me of love and happiness, Nessebar reminds me of family vacations when I was living in Bulgaria.

"Nessebar- Bulgaria" courtesy

– Food –

Spinach and rocket Parmesan salad


60 g parmesan cheese
100 g baby rocket leaves
100 g baby spinach leaves
80 g semi-dried tomatoes,
halved lengthways
40 g raisins
40 g (¼ cup) pine nuts, toasted
60 ml (¼ cup) balsamic vinegar
60 ml (¼ cup) extra virgin olive oil


Using vegetable peeler, shave cheese into wide, long pieces. Combine rocket and spinach with tomato and nuts in large bowl; add cheese, drizzle with combined vinegar and oil, toss gently. I’m not a vegetarian, but I don’t eat much meat, but for meat lovers, you can add grilled bacon.


– Image –

"Santorini" by Blaga Todorova


Evanescence of the summer

by Blaga Todorova

It’s a dream the evanescence of this summer,
I refuse to let go off the sky so perfectly clear.
Blue silence engraves on a lost shadow,walking
on some lonely beach, bones wrapped in suntanned skin.

I glimpse the lights around, the whispers across the sea,
ready for the morning chill to teach me,
how to survive the dead of summer,
how to welcome the snow, tasting like grated cotton.

I look at the waves, but not for long,
I don’t like the “plain” order and “must” rules.
My eyes would rather battle with the twilight,
keeping the warmth left on the long road of shining.

Day and night will become one,
the rain on the streets will reveal the elixir-cure
for the chaos coming in my heart,
because this great season has to finish.

I store every sign, reminding me that
after all you were here,
that I met you, had you, loved you,
even only moments before the end.

I keep my new passion away
from unreasonable fears and I will feel alive
until the next summer decides to appear,
thinking of the last kiss, followed by one salty tear.


Thank you everyone for taking part in the challenge and to the rest of you that will just read! Please leave the link to your posts in the comment section, you will have one week / July 9- July 16/ to do that. If you wish to read how others formed their thoughts into a season’s post, have a look at the comment section, I will make sure to include everyone joining! If you wish to see how the first part of the challenge was, click on Spring’s favorite.

Stay tuned for the next post on July the 16thAutumn’s favorite.

29 Responses to “Summer’s favorite”

  1. abichica Says:

    woowwww!!!!!! i love that picture “Santorini”.. its so beautiful, i would love to live there… :-)

  2. southwindtrails Says:

    Summer is such a wonderful time of year, filled with warmth and sunlight. I am spending my first summer somewhere new and it’s exciting to see what is different and what is the same.

    I enjoyed your poems – both have such vivid descriptions of how summer can be. I love the movie dirty danceing, it always make me think of summer. I agree with you – who wouldn’t want a summer like that?

  3. liv2write2day Says:

    You captured the essence of summer. My BFF just returned from a visit to Greece and Santorini. Sounds like a wonderful place to be. “Dirty Dancing” crossed my mind, too. Everyone needs to have at least one summer romance…looking forward to reading more. Here’s mine:

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      Santorini is a “must visit” place, there is no chance you’d go there and not fall in love with the beauty … Thanks for linking Victoria, loved you post very much! Happy summer!

  4. Leo Says:

    Summer is not my favorite season either, Blaga.. but it does hold some lovely memories for me. Your poetry is beautiful. I love esp that last but third verse..

    My summer verse is here:

  5. Jamie Dedes Says:

    Lovely summer. So much here to share a love of. Thank you.

    Enjoyed the new -to-me singer/song writer and your two fine poems. One summer I went on a James Clavell binge and read everything I could find by him. It was a delightful summer! And “Dirty Dancing” – set in the Catskill Mountains of New York: just have to pull that out and watch it again sometimes and your are right – Perfect Summer Movie. Great photos of Greece and Bulgaria. And the recipe – a bit different from mine – we’ll do it “Blaga’s Way” next time.

    Well done. Happy Summer …. And here’s mine:

  6. Broken Sparkles Says:

    Corina from “Dragon dreams” and her Summer poem here –

  7. Cherlyn Says:

    I put Greece as my place too :). I’ve never been but I’d love to go for sure. A great list of favourites again, Dirty Dancing is a great summer movie. I actually just watched that with my mom the other day! You really captured your own personal views of summer perfectly, I love how each season speaks to someone in a different way, it’s great to read everyone’s own take on the seasons :).

    Heres mine:

  8. Marissa Says:

    Lovely, as always, Blaga! I always enjoy it when you open your heart to us:) Blessings, Marissa

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  10. eclipseofthemoon Says:

    Stunning, Blaga…you’ve managed to capture the very core of summer’s beauty and feelings…
    Images are beautiful, I hope I’ll see them live soon :) Vacation to Greece smiles behind the corner
    Love and hugs/Eclipse

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  12. dragonkatet Says:

    Blaga, I loved your picks for this one! You are so right that summer is a season of passion and your quote was perfect. The pictures make me want to visit both Bulgaria and Greece. Dirty Dancing is such a classic, I’m glad you included it. I never read the book Shogun, but I liked the miniseries and how could I have forgotten about the flower jasmine?! LOVE that scent!

    P.S. Thanks for linking my entry! I was going to do it the other night after posting it and got distracted and forgot. /facepalm lol :)

  13. mish Says:

    This is a wonderful blogging challenge … wish I had stumbled across it sooner … would have loved to take part … ah , maybe next time .

    I loved your reference to Shakespeare ; had an obssession with dolphins at one stage of my life ; love the movie ‘Dirty Dancing’ and summer is my fave season . Fortunately I come from a place where we have summer for practically 10 months of the year . I experience a hot and humid sub-tropical climate here on the east coast of South Africa .

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      Thank you for finding me, it’s always a pleasure to have new visitors! I’m glad you liked the post and lucky you having 10 months of summer every year :) Maybe I should move to your country … 5 months of summer here are not really enough! Thank you! All the best!

  14. Lynnaima Says:

    I love this picture Blaga. It is so beautiful why I am dying to go to Greece someday. Nice :)

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