Friday, October 14, 2011

Call of the Wild

William Ternes
As we walked down the back lane to our house, it turned Fall today.

I could tell because the leaves had started to shift colors, just a little here, just a little there.
Brightening red plumes amidst the browning of summer.

Today we meandered.
It was not a time for power walking, or jogging, or running or talking.
It was a time for relaxing, remembering and reflecting.
It was a time for ... walking sticks and good, firm shoes.

Even the dog dawdled, sniffing, head in air, then sniffing, nose to ground, smelling the musty, earthy smells of autumn along the edge of the dusty lane.

Rain was in the air. You could smell it.

The warm summer breeze was long gone.  A cool, soon-to-crystalize autumn breath replaced it, barely ruffling our hair as we went along.

Overhead, we heard the cry of the first Canadian Geese heading south.
We looked up and to each other, smiling a little at the familiar call and what it meant.
We were making the transition into autumn.

Sometimes we look forward to the end of the summer season. It's hot, it's muggy, there are people, cars and congestion. It's hard to concentrate when it goes from 0 to 60 in the fast lane of resort life. And when it's over, we breathe a sigh of relief. We remember why we moved here.

For simpler times, slower ways.
Soup for supper, newspaper and knitting after.

Today it's just us.
So we walk. It's a way of slowing down without too much fuss.
A way to change gears, catch a breath, reboot, if you will.

Even in Paradise you have to reboot.

Have a good one. :)


  1. I loved the little video. How much I admire those geese and wonder at their ability to travel so far. It makes me want to read a bit on what is know about their trip. How long can they fly before someone needs a break?
    Slower days are good, glad you have time and the inclination to relish in the beauty, ever so fleeting.

  2. Wonderful post! An absolutely pleasing read. Enjoy the rest of your weekend dearie!

  3. Thank you! It's a great weekend for the pumpkin patch. :)

  4. It hasn't fully started to transition here :( I've heard the geese and seen them flying, but the weather is still warmish...and not a hint of color to be found on the trees here. It makes me sad :( I love fall, especially when the days are still only slightly cool.

  5. I think it's been the deluge of rain and wind that bring it on over here. Fall always reminds me of new beginnings because of school - I always looked forward to it!