Friday farrago

The galaxy in the meadow

Farrago:  a confused mixture; hodgepodge, medley:  a farrago of doubts, fears, hopes, and wishes.  (Thank you, Dictionary.com.)

Stars made of Queen Anne’s Lace

I have a hodgepodge of leftover photos from the past week or two.  This seems like a good time to use them.

In the woods

August.  A month that I typically think of as vacation month.  A friend in England mentioned she’s going on holiday, and I got to thinking that I would like to go on holiday, too.  I’ve always thought “holiday” sounds more fun, more celebratory, than vacation.

Cattail symbol

I don’t want to travel anywhere (not yet, anyhow).  I want to take my holiday at home.  A retreat of sorts.

Light as a feather

I am going to take a short break from posting on my blog.  A blog holiday.  I’m not sure how long the break will be.  It might be a couple of days or a couple of weeks.

Hot air balloon in abstract

There will be a scheduled post going out on Monday.  I would save it, but the problem with saving posts and drafts is that it’s usually old news by the time I get back to it.  Timing is important for some things, and this is one of those things.  A project I’m picking up once again.  The Thursday Travels post is ready to go and scheduled, too.

What the lighthouse at Cape Enrage might look like during a cloudy, dramatic sunset. Processed in Photoshop and Pixlr.

This is an excellent time to take a break and have an at-home mini-retreat.  It will also give me a chance to get caught up with all of you.  I’m lagging behind by about a week or so.  Not spending time on my own blog posts will give me some quality time to visit with you.  I’m limiting my computer time, but it will hopefully be enough.  I also have plans for one unplugged day.

You saw this photo yesterday. What makes it different is that I played with it to make it look like it was taken at sunset. Processed in Photoshop and Pixlr.

I’m looking forward to some time off from composing my own posts.  I’ll still continue to post daily walk photos at Flickr (in The Daily Walk set).  So, if you feel the need for a walk around the Bogs, you will find a few images there to help you along.  You can even watch it as a slideshow.  I might run a day or two behind on that since I like to wait and see if there are any evening photos to include.

You saw this photo yesterday too. Played with in Photoshop and Pixlr.

We’re picking up Bo the Dog today.  He’s going to be staying with us for a week.  I imagine Bo and I are going to be taking lots of walks.  I’m told he likes to get up early in the morning.  I already know from experience that walking Bo and taking photos does not work out well.  Bo is always on the move, and Bo must stay on a leash because he wants to run wild, free, and far.

Today’s view of one of the meadows

It is hot, hazy, and humid here in the Bogs.  I tried to capture some of the haze this morning, in the photos above and below this paragraph.

It’s a good day to stay inside with the air conditioning.  Or to go swimming in the pond although the air is so thick I feel like I’m already swimming when I’m outdoors.  We’re picnicking outside for dinner tonight, when we pick up Bo the dog half way between here and Pittsburgh.  I suspect we’re all going to be feeling pretty warm.

Because I want to think of cooler days.

I guess that’s it from the Bogs for today.  I need to get the picnic basket packed up, and then it will be time to hit the road.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend and I’ll see you at your place sometime during my break.  I hope you don’t mind me just dropping in.  I’ll bring wine or scones or some other appropriate gift.  :)

Visiting winter in August.

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42 Comments on “Friday farrago”

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    Stunning … and a dose of winter to either cool us off or remind us of what’s to come. I have 3 favs here … the first one, the cattail symbol, and hot air balloon abstract. :) Enjoy your weekend … and I know you will.

  2. Adela says:

    Oh my! So beautiful. Your meadows look like Monets.

  3. tedgriffith says:

    Have a wonderful stay-cation and come back renewed and refreshed! :)

  4. Ellen says:

    Enjoy your retreat!!

  5. mobius faith says:

    Those winter shots give welcome relief from the heat. I feel cooler just looking at them. Thank you. :-)

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Terry. Glad they could help with the heat. This cool down we’re having is great, isn’t it? All we had to do was conjure up some snow… ;)

  6. I love that little lighthouse. Are you allowed to climb up?
    And SNOW!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting snow pictures! Perfect for our triple digit temperatures! (Sorry if I melted it all just looking at it ;-) )

    • Robin says:

      They have lots of little lighthouses like that throughout the places we visited in the Canadian Maritimes, Michaela. The one at Cape Enrage was closed so you couldn’t climb up. In fact, I don’t recall seeing one that was open to the public.

      Glad you enjoyed the snow. :)

  7. Karma says:

    Oh dear! You and Kathy (at Lake Superior Spirit) taking a blogging break at the same time!! Two of my favorite morning reads while I drink my coffee will be missing. :-( Well, I hope you enjoy your break and feel refreshed when you return. We leave for Maine a week from today, so maybe I won’t be missing out on too much – I’m generally “unplugged” for the week up there since my only internet access will be my phone.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Karma. I didn’t realized Kathy was taking a break too until I started getting caught up on my blog reading. I read her post about the same time I saw your comment. I’ll try to time it better the next time I need a break. ;)

      Have a wonderful vacation!

  8. Tammy says:

    Loved the farrago (and learned a new word)! Thanks for finishing this with cold weather photos. They really do make one feel cooler to look at them.

  9. QuoinMonkey says:

    cattail symbol is beautiful. Have a wonderful break, Robin. It’s been really hot and humid in Minneapolis. Last night, a storm whipped through and the humidity broke. Unveiling this beautiful day. See you when you get back!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, QM. :)

      Sunday’s rains that came with a cold front washed out the humidity here too. It was the first really rainy day (all day rain event) we’ve had in a while, and it was wonderful to sit and watch the raindrops squiggling their way down the windows.

  10. dadirri7 says:

    love the trip through the galaxy! have a wonderful break :)

  11. sandy says:

    If that is your daily view, I want to holiday there, too! Enjoy your break!

  12. nigel says:

    Love the balloon abstract.

  13. Marianne says:

    As usual, the photos are quite beautiful, Robin. I like the term holiday as well. Wishing you a wonderful mini-retreat and great adventures with Bo. :)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Marianne. Bo and I have been having lots of adventures together. I’m not used to dogs so this has been quite a learning experience. :)

  14. Denise says:

    I am with Bo on this, I want to run wild and free and far but stay at home holidays are nice too and it sounds like you are going to have a lovely one. Thanks for sharing these magical photos, each one very special indeed. Enjoy your blogging break, have fun!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Denise. :)

      There are times I want to run wild and free and far, too. But this has been a summer for travel and it’s nice to be able to stay home for a while.

  15. Corina says:

    “Holiday” does sound so neat! I’m happy for you that you are taking a break but I will miss your posts and your photos! Today’s photos are stunning. The top one is my favorite but with so many wonderful ones, it’s hard to say that any are a favorite.

    Enjoy your holiday. I’ll be looking for your return!

  16. Nice word that “farrago”…and the caption of the first pix is out of this world! Seriously , good choice of words there

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. Captioning photos is something I’m not very good at so I’m trying to play and practice with it more. :)

  17. Val says:

    It’s always good to take a blogging break from time to time, lets one see ones life in a better perspective, lets one get back to things that have been neglected! :)

    LOVE the photos. :) You’re so good at capturing atmosphere.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Val. :)

      Oh yes… the things that have been neglected! It’s good to get some of that taken care of as neglected things have a way of hanging over me, letting me know they’re there and needing attention.

  18. jane tims says:

    Hi. I love the feather and the two winter scenes! Jane

  19. ehpem says:

    That first shot is amazing! Well, many of them are, but the colours and feel…. love it.

  20. Dana says:

    I hope your retreat is going well, Robin! I’m so looking forward to the time and space to breathe a little more, too…

    • Robin says:

      I’m afraid I didn’t make it for too long on this particular retreat, Dana, but have started a new one beginning tomorrow. I expect it will last a bit longer this time around.

      Take a couple of good, deep, down-to-your-toes breaths. There. That’s a mini-retreat for you. :D

  21. Love the fake sunset shots! Amazing colors.


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