The turnout for the group walk was great. Thank you all so much for participating. It’s been fun (and quite interesting!) being able to accompany you on your walks. Please visit the links as you work your way through this post. Just think of all the mileage you’ll get in without having to move. lol!
Nature isn’t persistently bright; it wears and ages.
~ Tamar Adler, An Everlasting Meal
A few months ago, a friend sent me the book An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace. It’s been sitting on the to-be-read shelf, and I’ve looked at it occasionally, thinking that I shouldn’t be neglecting it as I have been. It is, after all, a gift, one I should explore and appreciate. But I’ve learned that some gifts need to be approached at just the right time, and this book is one of them.
Rains came overnight, but this morning the clouds parted and the sun came out in time to welcome the Spirit of Autumn to the realm of Breezy Acres. Yellows are rolling across the meadows and reds are starting to color the tips of the maple leaves. The crows continue to meet in the woods for their Caw Conference, the Blue Jays trying to imitate them. Late in the day, storm clouds and rain returned, but just before the rain fell, the colors around the pond swelled and popped, and a painting of Autumn spread out across the land.
It’s Thursday as I type this. I’m feeling a bit drained from the heat and humidity. What better time to sit, relax, sort through some photos, and get a post together? The computer is located in the coolest part of the house. Might as well take advantage of it. The photos from this post are a mixture from this past week, most of them from Monday’s bike ride. (The one I was too exhausted to blog about.) Read the rest of this entry »
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.
~ Ernest Hemingway
I went for a bike ride today. M and I met up with a friend and we rode a part of the Towpath Trail that we haven’t ridden yet. It was a fun ride, especially since we had the added company of our friend (who probably has ridden that section of the trail because she is a cycling machine, putting in an incredible amount of mileage on her bike). The day was hot and humid, but Isaac’s rain held off. We rode 8.7 miles, and had a picnic lunch afterwards.
Way back at the beginning of the year, I mentioned an idea a friend had to help get rid of the extraneous stuff that accumulates in life. She suggested that we take on getting rid of five things every day. That’s all. Just five things.
Two days after The Color Run, and I’m still washing off color. That’s because I made sure I got well and truly colored. The color I’m dealing with today is all over the stuff I unpacked this morning, things I wore and/or had with me while walking The Color Run. There is so much color to deal with because I figured I might as well go all-in. You don’t have to. If you prefer not to get too much color, stick to the middle. You’ll probably get some color, but not a lot unless the volunteers spreading the colorful cheer are very vigorous and enthusiastic in their duties.