Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunday Stroll - A Slow Meander

My stroll today was shared with my 15 year old daughter (blogging name: Haiku) and my 5 year old son (Tanka.) That's me in the black sweatshirt, holding Tanka's hand. We headed down the trail through the neighbor's fields to the little lake and then into the woods for a while. The trails are lined with wild New England asters, their deep purple contrasting richly with the mellow goldenrod. The trees near the lake are beginning to reveal their autumn hues.

We stopped often. Every direction offered a "photo op." Though I don't generally share family photos on this blog (just an occassional silhouette or distant shot), rest assured that I took plenty of pictures of my children. Haiku was taking plenty of photos as well. She took these photos of crabapples and of mushrooms.

Our canoe has not seen much action this summer. I guess we've all been busy with other pursuits, but autumn offers perfect weather and a quiet lake for a serene glide or just a few moments mediation on the dock.


As we stepped into the woods, I felt the hush I always feel there. Without meaning to, I soften my voice and step softly. Every step threatens some tiny wonder growing underfoot: like a small brown snail hiding deep in his fragile shell. Fourteen year old Maude flushed grouse up in the fields and in the woods, and when we turned toward home, she eagerly led the way.





photos by Aisling and Haiku, September 28, 2008

12 comments:

Everydaywoman said...

Sounds like your day was filled with quiet treasures! Some strolls are best shared with family. . . love your children's "blogging" names!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Aisling, what a beautiful stroll. I felt like I was right there with you. I loved your writing about the hush you feel when you walk into the woods.~~Dee

Joyce said...

This looks like such a nice peaceful walk. Great time of year, isn't it?

linda said...

Thank you for sharing your children today, dear aisling...and darling looking children they are...and your dog so proud as she leads the way home, as all dogs seem to like to do!

I adore that blue of the asters and the familiar little brown snail....I haven't seen any snails yet, it's still too hot and I wonder where they hide, when, after the first fall rains, they are scooting about in droves!

Aisling said...

Thank you friends for visiting! It was a lovely day for a walk. And now, I have lovely comments from friends at the end of the day. I am glad to have shared my stroll with you all, and to have peeked in on yours. :)

One Woman's Journey said...

Aisling, thank you for sharing your stroll with me.
Take Care.

kerrdelune said...

Wonderful music for the soul and seasonal wonders for the eyes. Thank you!

Marie said...

Such a lovely walk -- I especially loved the photo of the canoe -- I would so like to be there now instead of at work :-) Thank you for sharing it!

Aisling said...

Cate,

Thank you for visiting. I'm glad to have shared the season with you... as you have shared it so often with me through your blog.

Marie,

How nice of you to visit again. I liked that photo too, and boy do I want to get out on the lake for a quiet glide. We sometimes take the kayak out for one person and tuck the rest into the canoe so we can all be out there together. With no motors, it remains quiet and peaceful and slow - which is just my speed. :)

Aisling said...

Ernestine,

Thank you for coming by. I need to return the visit very soon! :)

Anna said...

What a beautiful blog! I have enjoyed looking around. Your fall color and seed pods sure shout Autumn has arrived.

Aisling said...

Anna, Thank you for visiting and for such a nice comment. I'm off to discover your blog. :)