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A weekend of walks

Autumn colors.

Like leaves in the autumn or wood in the fire, all things pass. But, there is a moment in which we can see things as they are.

~ Sandra Hannebohm

A cabin in the woods. (North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC)

I see we’re off to a great start with Walktober.  I’ll be coming around soon to have a look.  But before I do that and before I get going on this post, just a reminder about Walktober:  This year the dates will be October 8 through October 24.  That should give us all plenty of time to get our walks in.  The plan, at the moment, is to do the wrap-up of the walks on or near October 31.  If you need more time, let me know.  The rules are quite loose.  You can walk, run, drive, swim, bike, do whatever you need to do.  You don’t have to go anywhere.  A tour of your yard works just fine.  The idea is to get outside but if you need to be indoors, that’s fine, too.

When you’ve posted your walk, please leave your pingback or link on this post:  You are here.  (If you leave it on one of my other posts, no worries.  I’ll find it.  But it’s easier for me if they are all in one place.)

A beautiful day to look up.

I have so many walks to share with you that I don’t know where to start except, of course, somewhere at the beginning.  M and I went to the Chapel Hill area of North Carolina to visit with friends and although we didn’t take the hike we planned, we did go on quite a few lovely walks.  The friends who hosted us all (we were one of three couples) live within walking distance of the North Carolina Botanical Garden so I think that would be a very good place to start.

The Paul Green cabin.

(You can read about the Paul Green cabin, if interested, here.)  The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a conservation garden and part of the University of North Carolina.  Their primary mission, I’m told, is to promote and research native plants.  It is not as groomed and formal as some other botanical gardens I have visited, and I think that is one of the things I enjoyed most about it.  It is charming, the layout is lovely, it’s free, and there were some interesting sculptures placed throughout the garden as part of their annual Sculpture in the Garden event.  The work of local artists is curated within the landscapes of the garden and some of the sculptures are for sale.

One of the many sculptures in the garden.

This trip was the first opportunity we’ve had to spend some quality time with friends since 2020 and the pandemic.  Words aren’t really good enough to express how wonderful it was to have that in-person time with people I love.  There were a lot of great conversations and laughs and hugs.  We ate some good food and watched a terrible movie (oh well, can’t win them all… and it made good fodder for some laughs and conversation).

One of many lovely paths you can walk.

There was some seriousness to the trip, too, but I’m not going to delve into that right now.  I do hope we can get together again sooner rather than later.  None of us is growing any younger.  In fact, we celebrated a few birthdays while we were there.  If we’re lucky enough, those birthdays will keep adding up.

Through the window in the cabin.

I have much more to share and the plan is to come back regularly until the end of Walktober to share my walks.  We’ll see how it goes.  I’m looking forward to seeing your walks and getting caught up with you.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Let’s meet out at the Point for sunset this evening.  Sunset is scheduled for 6:21 PM.  Bundle up.  A cold front moved through yesterday and it’s a little windy and chilly outside.  It will be even colder by the water.  I’m surprised by how quickly the water has cooled off this year.

Please be safe, be well, and take a little time to just Be.

Another path, another sculpture (“Leaf Bud” by artist William Moore).

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  3,006)  Visiting a (new to us) place with good friends.  3,007)  Quality time with people I love.  3,008)  Walks in gardens.  3,009)  Wonderful conversations, lots of laughter, and safe travels there and back.  3,010)  Life, love, and all of it.

“Lean On Me” (artist: Mike Roig)
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Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

17 thoughts on “A weekend of walks

  1. It’s a small world! My daughter lives in Chapel Hill and one of the first places we took her newborn baby daughter for a walk (in September 2014) was at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. It was a delight to see your pictures of it, Robin. Thanks so much for sharing. How wonderful being able to catch up with your friends in such a lovely place.

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  2. Thank you, Robin, for a lovely walk! I’ll look forward to the other ones you post about, too. Botanical gardens are such special places. Like you said, most of the ones I’ve visited are extremely manicured, but the contrast here is intriguing. I especially like the sculpture of the person who looks like he’s uplifted his hands in prayer! Nature is a good place to do just that!

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