Today we went out into the countryside. Early this morning we realized it was to be too fine a day to do anything even close to ordinary things.
As it turned out, the day was perfect in every way. Tiny flowers, nestled amongst fallen leaves, still bloomed. Bright autumn blue skies, wispy clouds, and breezes that rustled leaves like some instrument in the percussion section of an orchestra. Can there be anything more peaceful or soothing in nature than the sound of fallen leaves skittering in the wind?
It's been the kind of the day that makes one almost think that all the ugly stuff we know is going on around the world must really be the nightmare, for we've wakened to find ourselves in paradise.
Children playing and running and laughing. Dogs chasing after the kids and sniffing the underbrush alongside the trails. Muskrats swimming along the lake shore, near enough to see their tiny heads skimming just above the water with the tiny vee behind them. Walking along sun-dappled paths strewn with leaves, holding hands with Dear Hubby, letting the leaves fall like confetti on our heads... well, as I say, it was all perfect. Autumn surely put on her Sunday best today.
Our impromptu picnic of sandwiches and tea, along with a bit of fruit and ginger cookies, and best friends to share it with, tasted like food fit for royalty. On our way back into town at the end of the afternoon, a little stop at the DQ for cones of vanilla soft ice cream (mine chocolate dipped) completed the adventure like cherries on top....whipped cream not required.Sigh.... with happy. A lovely way to celebrate the last days of official summer. My soul has been filled and refreshed -- I feel well able to take on the world again for another week. Thank you, Father God....
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks, 1842
Have a*´¨) > ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨) > (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * beautiful day! *
Photos and video: Brenda Leyland 2014