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A walk around the pond

Going down the Sledding Hill
Going down the Sledding Hill

The difference between a path and a road is not only the obvious one.  A path is little more than a habit that comes with knowledge of a place.  It is a sort of ritual of familiarity.  As a form, it is a form of contact with a known landscape.  It is not destructive.  It is the perfect adaptation, through experience and familiarity, of movement to place; it obeys the natural contours; such obstacles as it meets it goes around.

~ Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Buttercup
Buttercup

Let’s take a walk around the pond here at Breezy Acres in the Bogs.  It’s been a while, eh?  I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed it.

Moving towards the back of the pond.
Moving towards the back of the pond.

It was so pleasant this morning.  Cool, but a little muggier than I’ve been experiencing on the Eastern Shore, which came as a great surprise when you consider the Wabi-Sabi Ranch is part marshland.

Along the edge
Along the edge

The locust tree flowers are floating down to earth and it looks like snow.  I’m sure those who experienced the long and brutal winter here don’t even want to think about snow right now.

Red clover
Red clover

I am enjoying the illusion of snow as the petals gently float down to the ground.

More red clover
More red clover

I am also enjoying walking the old paths we established here over the years.  There is good energy in this place.

A back corner of the pond where we planted trees years ago.
A back corner of the pond where we planted trees years ago.

A lot of the trees we planted are thriving, even my favorite, the copper beech.  (It was a gift to me from M.)  I was delighted to find it had survived the harsh winter.  I won’t be alive to see it reach its full height, but I am so glad to be able to watch as it grows during the time I am here.  We planted over 100 trees here, and now M the Younger and his wife are following in our footsteps, planting a few trees of their own.

Grasses along the edge
Grasses along the edge

A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.

~ Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Behind the cattails
Behind the cattails

Clouds have moved in since I took my morning walk.  Hopefully it won’t rain.  We have been concreting today.  It’s hard work, and we need one layer to dry before we apply the next.  The concrete around the front of the house was cracked.  It was one of those jobs we put off while we lived here (although it was on our list for last year, before we made the decision to move).  It’s a large, porch-like area, and it already looks better with just the first layer of Portland cement mixed with water painted over it.

In the cattails
In the cattails

What you’re missing is that the path itself changes you.

~ Julien Smith, The Flinch

Damselfly
Damselfly

Thank you for dropping by today, and taking a walk with me around the pond.  I was thinking I should probably show you some of the beautiful little gardens that M the Younger and Mere have been creating, but I’ve always preferred the wild edge to the property here at Breezy Acres.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll show you the more civilized parts.

Time to fly
Time to fly

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

 

 

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

10 thoughts on “A walk around the pond

    1. Thank you, Seonaid. 🙂 It is, in my mind at least, an idyllic place. Even though we don’t live here anymore (our youngest son and daughter-in-law are renting the place from us right now), it still feels a bit like home.

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  1. Feels so peaceful, but I know concrete work is hard labor. I hope you all are resting now for the evening, and that tomorrow’s weather will be perfect for finishing the job.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 The concreting job is finished and today we get to do some easy stuff (chopping wood and hauling a big branch out of the pond).

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    1. Thank you, Michaela. 🙂 It’s a great place for a picnic, especially this time of year when the insects haven’t gotten around to making pests of themselves.

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