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On the waterfront

Sunday sunset
A Sunday sunset song

The light of memory, or rather the light that memory lends to things, is the palest light of all… I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it.  Just as dreams do, memory makes me profoundly aware of the unreality, the evanescence of the world, a fleeting image in the moving water.

~ Eugene Ionesco

A dock at the marina.
A dock at the marina.

The calendar indicates that it is officially summer, and the weather here on the Eastern Shore is nodding in agreement.  M and I celebrated the solstice yesterday by going to the Hideway Grill for dinner and sunset.  We also found our way to a new spot, another point (or “neck”) where we can, in the future, watch the sunset.

Walking around the marina.
Walking around the marina.

This morning I used a guided meditation, and one of the instructions during the meditation is to plant a seed of intention in your heart.  At first, I was thinking “kindness,” but I quickly changed it to “gratitude.”  I noticed that I tend to be a kinder person when I’m thankful for all the gifts I have been given in life.  I complain less, too.

A sailboat.
A sailboat.

I bring this up because I would like to stop griping and grumping about summer’s heat.  There are so many good things about the summer months.  Without all this sunshine and heat, I wouldn’t have the bounty of fresh, locally grown or in-my-garden grown, vegetables and fruit that grace our table at meals lately.  Without the sunshine and heat, I wouldn’t be swimming in the pool or the ocean.  Without the sunshine and heat, I wouldn’t be enjoying the flowers in the scrounger’s garden.

Summer's light bounces off the boat.
Summer’s light bounces off the boat.

To be honest, that’s all I’ve got at the moment.  It’s a start.

Red.
Red.

I spent part of the morning and early afternoon weeding, and I did a little trolling and mowing along the way.  We’re getting ready for family to visit us here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  It will be the first time our oldest son, his lovely wife, and his two beautiful daughters will visit us here.  They won’t be here until Sunday.  There is a lot to do in the meantime.

Watching the waves.
Watching the sparkles and waves.

The remnants of tropical storm Bill came through on Saturday night.  After a lot of dire warnings, it turned out to be mostly heavy rain.  There was some lightning before the rain arrived, but we didn’t get the hail or gusty winds predicted.  We ended up with about 2.5 inches of rain, and it is still a little wet and boggy in spots.  That should dry up soon since it’s supposed to stay sunny and hot over the next few days.  Tomorrow, they say, will be our hottest day of the year.

There was a nice breeze off the water yesterday evening.
There was a nice breeze off the water yesterday evening.

While trolling this morning, I went out to the woods and rode along our woodland trail.  The deer flies can be particularly bad in the woods, especially in those areas that are near the marsh.  Saturday night’s heavy rains must have caused some flooding.  There is a lot of debris on the trails.

Wider view.
Wider view.

I reckon that’s it from me and from the ranch today.  Thank you so much for dropping by.  If you’d like to join me for sunset, it’s at 8:29 PM this evening.  The days will slowly be growing shorter now, but it will be a while before we truly notice it.

A gull at sunset.
A gull at sunset.

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

Gull in flight.
Gull in flight.

Today’s joys:  Ice cold water to quench my thirst; zucchini and summer squash fresh from the farmer’s market; the beautiful flowers in the scrounger’s garden; a dip in the pool when I finished working outside; iced mint tea.

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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.

19 thoughts on “On the waterfront

  1. The heat and humidity are nasty. I’m thankful I can get out early to the woods for my walk, sit on the deck for a short while, then stay in the air conditioning for the rest of the day. We’re running the house at 78 degrees and because of how frequently it’s running, it’s still pretty comfortable.

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  2. Our dog days haven’t bitten yet, but I think I can hear them growling off in the distance. I enjoyed the photographs of the boats and other watery things. Thanks, Robin. 🙂

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    1. Yes, a little moderation and cooperation from Mother Nature would be good, Carol. 🙂 Maybe she’s trying to balance things out after our lack of cooperation and moderation.

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  3. Here it is -5 degrees [celsius] and your post and my inner reflections dovetail nicely this morning. Gratitude is the key I think to a contented being – yet how easy it is to slip out and away from it into griping and grumbling. Aren’t we contrary beings! 🙂 I have been noticing a long term effect which I find hard to express – but am pondering on. It has to do with my ‘constant’ where I am in my state of gratitude and what my health is like. It’s very subtle and might be beyond me, we’ll see. Enjoy your summer Robin, it too will pass. xoxo

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  4. So easy to complain…when we have so much to be grateful for. I too could practice gratitude more often, and am trying to do that now that I am free. Loved the 5th photo of the boat with the exquisite light on it.

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  5. A lovely post. That first photo is just wonderful. As you probably remember, you and I are opposites when it comes to our favorite seasons, but big kudos to you for finding the good in summer – you are much better at that than I would be in finding the good in winter! 😉
    Writing this comment from 23 floors up over the city of Boston tonight; I can’t see the sunset from my room but I’m watching the sky change from my windows. What a very different view from what I am used to.

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      1. My younger daughter’s college orientation was Monday, including an overnight stay on campus, so rather than drive all the way home (about a 2 hour ride) that night and back in the morning to pick her up, I treated myself to a stay in a really nice hotel room. Thoroughly enjoyed having a big king sized bed to myself, and a very quiet and dark room to sleep in!

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