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Meandering

September 2015K 037a
Resting

Let your rest be perfect in its season, like the rest of waters that are still.  If you will have a model of your living, take neither the stars, for they fly without ceasing, nor the ocean that ebbs and flows, nor the river that cannot stay, but rather let your life be like that of the summer air, which has times of noble energy and times of perfect peace.  It fills the sails of ships upon the sea, and the miller thanks it on the breezy uplands; it works generously for the health and wealth of all men, yet it claims its hours of rest…

~ Philip Gilbert Hamerton, The Intellectual Life

A morning meditation
A morning meditation

Do you become pensive when the seasons change?  I do.

A road to wander on
A road to wander on

I think I’m most aware of it when summer begins to come to a close, maybe because the pensiveness is weightier in ways that are difficult to describe.  That might have something to do with the autumn leading to winter, an inward time of year on many levels for many people.  I’m somewhat opposite.  I awaken in autumn and begin to go back to sleep in the spring.  Even an awakening calls for some reflection, I suppose.

Out and about.
Out and about before the rains came.

This summer has been full.  Full of life, love, friends, family, traveling, stress, beach days, worry, wild horses, flowers, illness, walks, swimming, heat, humidity, insects, lovely sunrises and/or sunsets, seafood, interesting clouds, trying new things, appreciating old things, gardening, mowing, reading, writing, learning a new language, and more.  My summer cup has runneth over.

A road less traveled.
A road less traveled

Now that our last summer guest has departed and I no longer feel as though I’m running a B&B (or running to keep up), I’m ready to enjoy what is left of the summer season before we head into autumn and cooler weather.  It should come as no surprise to those who know me that the cool down we are experiencing helps me to appreciate the last days of this summer even more.

Moving forward
Moving forward

I should also note, for those few family and friends who read my blog, that I am grateful for your visits.  You helped to make this a great summer, and I loved having you stay here with us at the ranch.  I don’t want anyone to think that I didn’t appreciate and enjoy their visits.  I hope you felt at least somewhat pampered while you were here.  Everyone deserves a little pampering every now and then.

Summer's heart is beginning to fade.
Summer’s heart is beginning to fade

Our garden tractor broke down again.  It was a major breakdown.  The decking that supports the mowing blade cracked and fell off.  In other words, it is missing some of the important bits.  The repairman from Sears can’t get here until the 26th of September, and that means we will be mowing with the push mower.  There is a lot of acreage to mow and when the garden tractor is working (the poor thing has broken down and needed a repairman — thank goodness for warranties! — twice already this year), it takes me about six hours to do my (lion’s) share of the mowing.  I was out mowing yesterday and today using the little push mower, and judging by the small patches of lawn I managed to complete, I estimate it will take approximately forever to get it all mowed, at which point, we’ll have to start over.  The lovely rain we had reminded the grass to grow.

Gold washed up on the beach
Gold washed up on the beach

I am not a huge fan of big lawns.  We mow what we mow to keep the wildlife (snakes, mainly) away from the house, and so we’ll be able to walk around the property without picking up ticks from long blades of grass.  Ticks like to hang out on long blades of grass, and many of our ticks carry Lyme disease.  Without all the mowing we do, access to the woods and the gardens would be quite difficult.

Another gift from the sea
Another gift from the sea

A sheriff’s deputy was here yesterday.  We’ve been having the usual problems with people throwing their trash out the car or truck windows, and one particular bag of fast food items contained an envelope with a name and address on it.  Remarkably (or I wouldn’t remark on it), the envelope was a certified letter from the court system.

Washed ashore
Washed ashore

I’ve written a lot about trash here on the ranch, from the tons that we had cleaned up and removed to the constant (daily) littering that goes on along the roadsides.  I’ve been wondering if it would be worth a shot to start a blog about nothing but the littering that goes on here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  I wouldn’t mind showing photos of the identifying information of those who litter, either.  It probably isn’t worth the effort.  I don’t think it would do much good other than as a place for me to vent about the litterbugs who live on the Eastern Shore.

Tree pose on the beach (Ocean City).
Tree pose on the beach (Ocean City).

Today I went for a bike ride.  A short 9.6 miles.  I’m trying to increase my mileage, but my bottom just doesn’t want to acclimate to a bicycle seat, not even the so-called comfort seat I have on my bike.  I’ll keep trying.  Maybe someday I’ll toughen up enough to try for 12 miles.  Then 15.  Who knows?  I might even make it to 20.

Beauty near the beach.
Beauty near the beach

I reckon that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this gorgeous Tuesday.  Thank you for dropping by and joining me as I meander through my images from the past week or so, and through my thoughts.  I might head down to the Point for sunset this evening.  It depends on how I’m feeling.  I picked up a cold somewhere along the way, and my body keeps telling me to rest so we’ll see.  If I go, and if you’d like to join me, sunset is at 7:11 this evening.

Dining table al fresco
Dining table al fresco

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

Abandoned
Abandoned

Today’s joys:  The beautiful blue of the sky; the cooler, drier air; the hummingbirds whizzing around the feeders; my first monarch butterfly sighting of the season; an afternoon nap on the porch.

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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.

14 thoughts on “Meandering

  1. I love the little bird in the surf and the leopard shell fragment below the gold and silver shell. For your bike seat, you need to find one that fits. And one that fits supports and cushions your sit bones. It could, in fact be a quite narrow seat and be very comfortable…

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  2. Aahh, I miss the east coast! So much! Thank you for the pictures.

    By the way, you’ve been chosen as one of today’s nine blogs in That’s So Jacob’s Ninth Month Blog Challenge (http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com)! I challenge you to find nine blogs you find interesting and give them a comment to brighten their day…well, eight other blogs and mine 🙂 Copy this message in your comment and enjoy your new blog friends!

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  3. It does sound like your summer was very full! “A morning meditation” seems to capture the best of summer’s full beauty. Littering is one of my pet peeves – I just don’t understand why people can’t put their trash in the right place. And I wonder if anyone ever actually gets fined for littering. Sigh… Congratulations on increasing your bicycle mileage! Cheering you on – I hope you reach your goals! I found myself wondering how much work it would take to fix up that abandoned house…

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. 🙂 It’s one of my pet peeves, too, since it’s something that could be fixed so easily. I doubt anyone gets fined for littering unless they are dumping massive amounts of trash. Even then, my guess is that there has to be a witness to it. I suspect the sheriff’s deputy who stopped by here didn’t do a thing about the trash even with a name and address attached to it. There was something about his attitude that made is seem as if he was here to humor us. I realize they probably have more important things to do, but the mess of trash on the roads here on the Eastern Shore is horrible. All that plastic makes its way to the bay and then out to sea. Ugh!!!!

      I bet it wouldn’t take much to fix up that house. From the outside, it looks as though someone started to fix it. The weird thing is all the furniture and stuff dumped outside the house. Some of it looks like they threw it out the windows.

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    1. I noticed that too, Elisa. A lot of the houses out that way were extensively damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and several have new roofs, but no other work done to them. This house didn’t look as though it sustained much damage so maybe it was a foreclosure and the bank had the new roof installed to protect their investment.

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  4. Love your biking photos, it looks so inviting, despite the hard seat. 😉 My spouse wants to take up biking again, but I find all the hills around here so discouraging! I’ve been enjoying the cooler, sunny weather lately and trying not to think about fall and winter. Lots of walks, I’m actually working in the garden again, cutting back the jungle! Perfect days that I wish I could bottle and take out in January!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 Wouldn’t that be wonderful (to be able to bottle up a few of these perfect days)? Even though I like winter, there are still times (February!) when I wouldn’t mind unleashing a deep-blue-sky sunny autumn day to enjoy.

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