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A Day On The Island

4 May

Nature Retreat Day, in the form of Bloedel Reserve

150 acres of walking trails, on a sunny day.  Good for the brains and body!  Tomorrow, rehearsals begin, so took the opportunity for fresh air and exercise and ran with it!

A brief tour:

…First the Gate House, and entrance walk.

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…The wide meadow hills leading to the barn.

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…Gate House from the meadow.

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…Play with light and shadows.

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…I like to call it: “Medusa Moss.”

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…Nurse Trees totally amaze me.  To see hundred year-old fossil-like logs, with fifty year old full grown trees growing out of ’em boggles my mind.  Here we have but a new beginning.

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…Approaching the Manor House from the trails.

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…Love me some wheeping willow.

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…A taste of refinement married with nature.

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…Manor House from the rear…

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…And it’s view of The Sound, and lower lawns.

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…The lower landing walk.

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…Manor House from the lower lawns.

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…The Japanese Guest House.

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…With Zen Garden.

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…And I got mine.

Back home to rest, rehydrate and ready for tomorrow 🙂

~D

Censored

30 Mar

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In lieu of the blog I want to write right now, I’m going out into the sunshine.

…I’ll take in all the different colors…count them, name them…whatever occurs to me at the time…so I can collect them up and bring them with me across the day and keep them with me tonight when I have trouble sleeping.

…Deep breathes of clean sea air.

…Crunch of footsteps on rock and sand.

…Maybe I’ll sit at a picnic table and watch a single solitary ant, weaving back and forth across the wood grains…with whatever busy ant-like thoughts and projects it seems to be compelled to do today.

…I’ll pick some wildflowers and bring them home with me.

…Watch some kids play…

…Take my shoes and socks off to feel green grass between my toes.

…Consume the day with all my senses like a poet…with every taste, texture, touch, and sound, expressed in specific, heightened detail.

I’m taking a day to be grateful for all the things that I have…none of which can be bought or sold in a store, achieved with hard work and determination, or negotiated with a contract.

Today is about all the things that have just been gifted to me.

(and you too, by the way.)

…For free.

It’s free.

…And I can’t, with good conscience, ignore that today.

~D

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