360: Coasting

Church steeple in Akron, Ohio.

The closer I get to the end of this commitment, the less I am in the mood to work on a blog post.  I feel as though I’ve already put in most of the hard work, and now I just want to coast on in to the finish line.

Driving into Akron.

There is no reason not to coast, I suppose.  As long as I post, I am meeting my commitment.  Right?  Right.

One of the desserts at the Greek Festival.

M and I had a good time in Akron yesterday evening.  After a full day of working outside, we were both fairly exhausted so we didn’t stay too late.  We went to the Greek Festival first.  It was quite crowded so we got our food to go, and then went to our favorite pub where you are welcome to BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) to have with one of their beverages.

Following dinner and drinks, we went over to the Irish Festival at Lock 3 where a group of young women called The Maidens IV were playing.  If you wish, you can view their promotional video and listen to a little of their music here.  We left shortly after they finished, but not before seeing some of the “Rock Your Kilt” contest.  The photos I took of that, unfortunately, did not come out well at all.

Scenes from today's walk.

We are experiencing another gorgeous day here in the Bogs.  I spent a few hours out in the garden, and took a little stroll around the property.

The garden is going to require a lot more work.  I have been cleaning up the asparagus bed which is, as usual, overrun with weeds.  Pretty weeds, but weeds nonetheless.  As I get a section completed, I have been putting down straw.  I am hoping the straw will serve several purposes.  Keep down the weed growth.  Naturally fertilize the soil.  Hold in moisture.  And protect the asparagus crowns from some of the cold by adding a little insulation.  I don’t think the crowns need it for that last purpose.  They have survived four winters already.

At the rate I’m going, it will probably take me about a month to finish in the asparagus bed.  For that reason, I’ve been spending a little time during each garden outing on the raised bed we put in this year.  That doesn’t require too much work.  I pulled out the chard and the cucumbers.  I’ll leave the peppers for a couple more weeks as they should be okay until the first frost.

Honeybee in the goldenrod

There is so much going on outside now.  Lots of color, especially yellow and purple, is filling in the meadows.

It looks like a painting out there.


You can find a lot of wildlife too, if you look carefully.  I haven’t found a woolly bear yet.  (That link takes you to my last post regarding the wooly bear which includes links to posts from previous years with photos of the wooly bears.)

Mating in the meadow

Most of the large dragonflies are gone.  I was reading that adult dragonflies die of old age as winter approaches.  Some are still out there trying to ensure next year’s dragonflies and damselflies.

I find more and more praying mantises every time I step out to the meadows.  They have not been shy about revealing themselves to me this year.

Today's view of the pond.

I have a busy week ahead.  We have A Fun Event coming up on Saturday.  In addition, I have an announcement to make about my next commitment.  I’m pretty excited about both.

So stayed tuned.  🙂

36 Comments on “360: Coasting”

  1. Kel says:

    looks quite ‘springy’ from here 🙂

    • Robin says:

      With everything blooming as it is, it almost feels “springy,” Kel. I was just thinking that autumn is a reverse spring. We see yellows and purples in the spring, and now here they are again, ushering out summer.

  2. ailsapm says:

    Lovely post, great photos

  3. You have been so committed to every challenge I’ve ever known you to take on, that I think you deserve to coast, if anyone ever has! Be kind to yourself, my friend.

  4. jenna says:

    That first mantis wants to be friends. I can tell.

  5. Rob, So much color still in the gardens, eh? Those purple asters with the goldenrod are spectacular! Liking that collage of color too. ps I too feel that I’m fizzling out to the finish line too!

  6. ladyfi says:

    Those mantis shots are just amazing. And what a riot of summer colour you still have… Autumn storms are approaching us here, so thanks for the sunshine.

  7. Kala says:

    Love the silhouette of the church steeple.

  8. Kathy says:

    Robin, sweetheart, this blog was NOT coasting! This blog was full, full to the brim, of life and photos and thoughts and EVERYTHING! You could post one picture and a paragraph and it might not be coasting if you put every bit of awareness into that one paragraph and photo. (Just my thoughts. Gosh, you should have seen some of my outdoor blogs. This blog itself would have made me look like a coasting wimp for the whole year!) I am excited for you…how incredibly exciting that you are fulfilling this year-long commitment. I am going to wear a party hat all week! LOL…

    • Robin says:

      It’s a funny thing, Kathy. I sit down thinking I’ll coast, but life has been (as you put it) full, full to the brim. I want to try to express that on the blog (as that was the original purpose of the blog). But with so much going on, I feel like I leave so much out.

      I have seen some of your outdoor blogs and thought they were wonderful. Wonderful enough to inspire me to give it a go.

      I’m ready to wear a party hat too. lol! Let’s celebrate. The year, the month, the week, the day, the moment. 🙂

  9. Loving the crisp, cool days here, too. Wish the asters would take off – it’s all yellow, all the time!
    Can’t wait to hear your announcements!

  10. Wow… Almost near the end eh… Well I admire you for doing a 365, as I’d definitely not be able to, even if I limited myself to just one shot per post… I seriously don’t know how you’ve managed it, so hats off to you, and looking forward to the next commitment… Personally, I’d need to BE committed… 😉

    • Robin says:

      lol, Brian! Some folks think *I* need to BE committed. Crazy. 😉

      On a serious note, I tried doing a 365 photography blog and that didn’t work out for me. I would have thought one photo a day would be easy, but it wasn’t. Now I’m posting 10-15 a day as a result of the outdoor commitment. Doesn’t make any sense. I can’t decide if it’s crazy or brilliant. Not me, but the way one commitment forced me into practicing another.

  11. You had me at dessert! It looks really yummy!

    • Robin says:

      Michaela: I think that’s why they place the desserts first at the Greek Festival. They hook you with that and you decide to sample the rest. 🙂

  12. Barbara Rodgers says:

    I love the third last picture of the praying mantis looking at the camera from behind the vegetation. He looks positively friendly and curious!
    Looking forward to learning about your new commitment…

  13. Pat Bean says:

    You took me on another amazing walk, and I’m not even tired. Love the church photo, too.

  14. Chloe [Photographer] says:

    i really liked your little series you put together, they all blend well together

  15. ElizOF says:

    Those mantis look scary… But I’m really thinking of the food… the picture looked yummy. Ditto the flowers. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth. 🙂

      The mantises can be scary. Especially when they mate. I’d hate to be the male in that partnership. He ends up sacrificing his life.

  16. That praying mantis shot (above the “View of today’s pond” shot) is absolutely stunning! I’d expect to see something like that in a calendar! Hard to believe you’re so close to the end of your 365!

  17. Jen Uy says:

    love that church shot 🙂

  18. carlaat says:

    Wow! Gorgeous fields, mating damselflies, praying mantis – I’m loving the coasting posts! Can’t believe how close you are to complete! Might you turn the whole thing in to a Blurb book as a keepsake?

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