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A hike around the ranch

Yellows and greens.
Yellows and greens.

As the biocentric view suggests, the garden prospers when control is balanced by equal measures of humility and benevolence.  A balance is struck.  Control, servitude, respect, imagination, pragmatism, an ecological conscience, compliance, and a certain measure of mysticism and altruism all meld together to provide nurturance.  Try to separate various aspects into their constituent parts — grant any one of them the status of fundamental gardening definition and one soon skews the entire process.  Put them together again in the service of the two-way street called nurturance, and we express the state of grace called gardening.

~ Jim Nollman, Why We Garden: Cultivating a Sense of Place, 1994

Time for a walk.
Time for a walk.

I seem to be getting in the habit of becoming wordy on Wordless Wednesdays.  That’s okay.  Sooner or later, the pendulum will swing back and I’ll want to spend my Wednesdays as wordlessly as possible.  Do you ever give yourself a wordless day?

The blueberry bushes are blossoming.
The blueberry bushes are blossoming.

Let’s take a little walk around the ranch and see what’s going on.  Spring will soon be giving way to summer, if the weather forecasts are correct.  A lot of folks I’ve encountered, the from-here’s in particular, are not thrilled with our cool spring, but as you already know, I’ve been enjoying it.  The hot weather will be here soon enough.  Next week, in fact, when the temperature will rise into the 80’s during the day.

(Have I ever told you about the from-here’s and come-here’s?  I don’t remember.  That’s what the folks that are from here ask.  Are you a from-here or a come-here?  M and I, of course, are come-here’s because we are not from here.)

The pin oak near the veggie garden.
The pin oak near the veggie garden.

The quote I started with can be, I think, applied to life in general as well as gardening.  Nurturance does require a certain balance, doesn’t it?  Too much of one thing, and it throws it all off and you’ve defeated the purpose of nurturance.

Soon.
Soon.

One of the things you might notice on the close-ups in this post are the little yellow speckles covering just about everything.  The tree pollen from the lobolly pines is flying everywhere.  Yesterday morning during my yoga practice I glanced out the patio doors and watched as a gust of wind caused a big, yellow cloud to pour off of the big pine in the backyard.  I am one of the lucky ones.  I don’t suffer from seasonal allergies.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to live with all this pollen if I was allergic to it.

Speckled with pollen.
Rosebud, with no hidden meanings.

Although I am not practicing Wordless Wednesday in any form today, I will be going wordless starting tomorrow.  Or almost wordless.  I am going to take a sort-of break from blogging.  I have been planning this for weeks, and Frank (over at A Frank Angle) must be psychic because he recently posted about blogging breaks in his post On the Blogging Blues.  If you haven’t read it, go on over now.  I’ll wait for you.  It’s a good read, and there is a lot of good stuff in the comments, too.  There usually is at Frank’s place.

The chives are blooming.
The chives are blooming.

I have no real plans or time frame.  I won’t be posting unless something I absolutely MUST share with you comes along or I feel inspired enough to do a weekend coffee share.  I will, from time to time, be visiting you all as I think this will be a good time to get caught up a little and return some of your visits.  If you read Frank’s post (you didn’t?  why not?), my blogging break will be somewhere between a Level 3 and a Level 4, or maybe it’s a Level 5 since I am leaving the door open to occasional posting.  It’s always good to leave a door (or at least a window) open.  Whenever I try to break from blogging completely, my mind suddenly decides it has a thousand blog posts to write and share.  This way, with open doors and windows, my mind will feel more comfortable and less deprived.  I don’t know about your mind, but mine is much more cooperative when I approach things with less force and more options.  The mind seems to like choice.

I love this shade of purple.
I love this shade of purple.  The chives are tasty, too.

By the time I return on a regular basis, I suspect the roses and peonies will be blooming.  The grass will have grown enough to be mowed several more times.  We might even have the pool open for the season since it looks like the warm weather will move in and stay for a while.

The little dogwood is doing well.
The little dogwood is doing well.

By the time I return on a regular basis, I will have taken plenty of walks, with and without the camera.  More without, I think, but again, it’s not good to say absolutely that I will go out every day without the camera.  You know how fickle the mind can be.  Hopefully I will have finished a number of projects that are taking up a lot of time lately, but there are more projects on the horizon to fill the void.  This is the busy season here on the ranch.  I bet it’s the busy season for a lot of you, too.

The woods are darkening as the canopy thickens.
The woods are darkening as the canopy thickens.

By the time I return on a regular basis, I will be feeling rested and refreshed and ready to write and post once again.

This morning's view from the dock.
This morning’s view from the dock.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I think I’ll go to the Point for sunset this evening.  If you have time and inclination, feel free to join me.  Sunset is at 7:52 PM.  I’ll be there about 20 minutes early.  I like to take a walk on the beach while I’m there, and have a look around before the evening show begins.

Walking back through the woods after a visit to the dock.
Walking back through the woods after a visit to the dock.

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

The big oak in the backyard.
The big oak in the backyard.

 

 

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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.

33 thoughts on “A hike around the ranch

  1. Blogging breaks are good. Posting for the sake of posting is not good practice ands tears know when that’s what you’re doing. I’m looking forward to life after the A to Z Blogging Challenge. It has been fun but sometimes it has also been difficult to write something of worth on a daily basis. Enjoy your break.

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    1. Thanks, Corina. 🙂 It’s good to take a little time away from the blog every now and then. I hope you are continuing to get better every day. I hope to get over to your blog soon to catch up with you.

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  2. Walks in the woods and around the ranch are good … just as blogging breaks are good. Take your time … do what you need to do … and your readers will return when you do. … .and thanks for the link to the Blogging Blues post. 🙂

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  3. For the most part, I blog when the urge strikes, and time between posts varies – it’s all up to the mood. Pollen? You’re ahead of us. The Ponderosa Pines shower us with yellow dust a little later – sometime in May – but my allergies are already making my sinus grumpy and my nose sneezy. Enjoy your break!

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    1. Sorry about the allergies, Carol. My husband has terrible seasonal allergies so all this pollen does not make him a happy camper. Hopefully it will let up soon. As for posting, it became such a regular habit for me, especially when I was doing the year-long outdoor challenge, that I sometimes find it difficult to back away for a while.

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  4. I’ll miss your posts, but I understand how overwhelming life can become, esp. to gardeners in the spring.There are many projects and when the day is gorgeous, who wants to stay inside and blog? Walking away from something for a little while is refreshing, even when you love it. ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ as they tell us. We’ll be here when you return. Enjoy!

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    1. Are you growing fonder yet, Eliza? 😉 I know, it hasn’t been THAT long. I think if there was a way I could blog hands-free while I’m working outside, I might do it. Maybe not, though, as I’ve seen what some of those voice programs can do to words.

      Thank you. It’s been good so far. I even stopped writing blog posts in my head for a few minutes every now and then. lol!

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      1. Since you’ve been blogging for so long, I can imagine it is almost second nature to you. Maybe you could experiment with just photos, or one photo and a short blurb to go with it.
        I bought one of those voice recognition software programs once and what a joke that was – the translations were like those spam letters you get – all gobble-ti-gook!

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  5. I sneaked a peek at your comments the other day on Frank’s – and so was prepared. Always enjoy sitting and enjoying the views at your place.
    The mind loves novelty and “new” so your should be tickled to be given a chance to play without routine….and rules. Free play is best! (Helps you bloom right along with the wild flowers) Have fun floating free!

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    1. Free play is wonderful, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 Blogging used to be that way for me. I’m not sure when it started to seem less free and less play. A break will hopefully change all that. Thank you. It hasn’t been long, but I’ve enjoyed this little time away.

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      1. I can completely identify with what you said. How does it morph into pressure, deadlines, and guilt? (WP quietly pushes over involvement…and “building a audience takes continual posting and commenting on others” “STATS!” – but why do we buy into it?)
        I’m trying to slow down and relax the grip a bit. Writing is fun. Chatting is fun. Blogging shouldn’t create guilt and take over every minute.
        Wishing you great adventures with lots of unexpected beauty and fun during your break!

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  6. Yummm chives…I love them in potato salad. Memories of childhood I guess. What is that thing under the big oak, with the steps and the landing pad?

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    1. I love them in potato salad, too, Dawn. That thing is a platform that overlooks the marsh and the creek beyond that. There’s a bench up there, and it’s a good place to watch the sunset when I’m too lazy to walk out to the dock. It’s also a good place to hide when there are leaves on the oak.

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  7. I read Frank’s post .. I like his approach. Lately I’ve missed a post here and there, but I try not to worry about it. I vary my content in a cycle, so I am never bored, just busy. I wanted to post about finishing my taxes this week, but I resisted. Have a good break! Will miss you! Jane

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  8. I post so eradically lately, I will have to write a post soon so you’ll have a reason to come visit me, lol. I’ve enjoyed watcing spring blossom with you. I think during your break I will finally have real spring here. Perhaps I will finally burst forth with some posts. I wish I had saved some of your posts to read with my coffee this weekend; had I realized you were going on a break I might have done that. 🙂

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    1. I’m looking forward to reading about and seeing your spring, Karma. It was a long time coming so I hope Spring is making up for it by putting on a good show for you. 🙂

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  9. Wishing you the best, Robin, as you rest up and take a refreshing blogging-break. I’ve always been a bit haphazard with my posting routine and my mood changes often. But I will your daily walks and your lovely pictures!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. 🙂 I enjoy sharing my walks, but I’m also enjoying getting out and about without writing blog posts in my head. Knowing that I won’t be posting, I am free to take in my surroundings and simply enjoy.

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  10. Dear Robin, Virginia is famous for communities separating themselves into “come-heres” and “born-heres.” An extremely parochial and annoying approach, designed, of course, to help “come-heres” transform into “left-theres.” I’ve been a “come here” most of my life, as my father’s work kept him moving every few years, and I’ve stuck to the pattern in my own life. Frankly, Robin, can you imagine how stale one’s life would get after 30, 40, or 50+ years in spent entirely in one of these little communities? It is worse in the Northern Neck of VA and the Shore than in more cosmopolitan areas…. but I’m still a “come-here” in Williamsburg.
    I read Frank’s piece on blogging breaks. Thank you for the link. And I love his first thesis that focusing on one’s reason for blogging in the first place is the cure for ‘blogging blues.’ If you can stay true to your purpose, while allowing room for evolution, it remains a fascinating avocation. Take good care of yourself, and know I’m missing your posts, Robin. Even a photo of life on your beautiful ranch is always appreciated. Giant hugs, WG

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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