Monday, September 25, 2017

Walk with Me - Silver Falls State Park

 It had been quite a few years since I walked here.
Silver Falls State Park is just east of Salem, Oregon.
As you will see it is quite beautiful.
When my sister and I started walking on this paved trail
I thought, oh this will be easy.
 By the time we reached the south falls it was no longer paved,
but we continued on.
Isn't it gorgeous?
 The trail takes you under the rock cliff and
behind the falls to the other side.
 Old growth trees surrounded us.

 When we reached this second falls I wasn't sure if I
should turn back or go forward.
Each way was climbing down steep stairs and
then having to climb back up a steep trail.
 We kept moving forward and under another falls we went.
  Finally we made it back to the beginning where we sat by this creek
for a much deserved lunch.
 This is the park lodge, which looked very welcoming.
All in all it was about 2.5 miles of beautiful surroundings
and perfect weather.
You can't see from my pictures, but there were many people
out enjoying the early Autumn at the park.

Again I encourage you to keep on walking.
The way may be rough at times, but oh so worth it.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Welcome Autumn!

Autumn in my garden means pumpkins.
There are pumpkins everywhere.
In the garden, in the garden house, and in the house.

Inside the season is changing with the last bouquet of the season.
The hummingbirds are fattening up for the winter.
Are you ready for Autumn delights,
like pumpkin bread, apple pie, or a spicy donut?
Maybe squash soup is on the horizon in your plans?
This morning I brought out a loaf of apple bread to nibble with my tea.


Summer is a candle
In a golden stick,
A yellow, yellow candle
With a poppy wick.

A yellow, yellow candle
That burns a lovely while,
Till autumn comes a-running
Down a purple mile.

Till autumn comes a-running
With a windy shout,
And vaults the golden candlestick,
And blows the poppy out.

~Kitchen Sonnets by Ethel Romig Fuller 

Happy Autumn to you, dear friends!
I encourage you to show kindness to each and everyone.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

International Day of Peace

O bless this people, Lord, who seek their own face
Under the mask and can hardly recognize it

O bless this people that breaks its bond

And with them, all the peoples of Europe,
All the peoples of Asia,
All the peoples of Africa,
All the peoples of America,
Who sweat blood and sufferings.

And see, in the midst of these millions of waves
The sea swell of the heads of my people.
And grant to their warm hands that they may clasp
The earth in a girdle of brotherly hands,
Beneath the rainbow of thy peace.
~Leopold Sedar Senghor

And my prayer today is
Peace in the World.
We can only pray and do our part.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Everything Tastes Better Outdoors

Do you like to walk in the garden and forage for food?
What would you find there?
In my garden I walk each day watching for ripe figs.
So far they are ripening one at a time,
just right for a nibble as I walk.
But sometimes I just love sitting at a tea table with a friend.
Tea time in the garden is so extra special.
It is fun to incorporate food from the garden into tea time delights.
Radishes with goat cheese, yummmm!
Or fresh sliced tomatoes with a leaf of basil on a baguette slice.
Then of course, who can resist just eating a tomato in the garden?
What is it that makes eating outdoors just taste better?
Fresh air, peaceful surroundings, and yummy garden produce!
How I love time in the garden, sipping tea and nibbling.

As our rains have returned this week and it is beginning to
feel like Autumn/Fall is in the air,
I am feeling the draw to pull on a sweater
and slip outdoors just one more time for a sip of tea,
a nibble on a fig, or a munch on a tomato.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Walk with Me - Washington Park International Rose Test Garden

 Last week my "live-in gardener" said he needed to get out of the house.
We wanted to see the roses one more time before they were gone.
So off the Washington Park's International Rose Test Gardens we went.

 The sky was blue with scattered white clouds.
A perfect day to walk in the gardens.

  This rose was my favorite of the day.

 My "live-in gardener" did quite well I must say,
for only having had knee replacement the week before.
Rain has now come to the gardens today,
but we will always have our pictures and memories of
a walk in the rose garden.
Are you walking, dear friends?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Summer's Last Fling with Roses

The roses in my garden still shine.
Often I look out the window and find someone smelling
them or taking a picture on their phone.
I love that the roses delight the neighbors throughout
the Spring and into the Autumn.
Touched by the sun.

As I have shared before, the rose garden near my house.
Others also delight in the garden of roses.

"I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there."
~John Vance Cheney

 Happy Weekend, dear friends!!
Go out and smell the roses.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tea - The Experience

Looking back through past pictures
I find so many pictures of tea;
but it isn't just the tea that I find fascinating
but the experience of tea.

More and more I realize that tea time is part of an experience.
It is an experience I love for it's quiet times and 
gentle times shared with friends and family.

Tea can be savored with our morning toast or 
a time of quiet at the end of the day.
One teashop in town reads your Tarot cards as you sip tea.
Others use it as meditation either alone or with a small group.
There are traditions and ceremonies wrapped in with sipping tea. 
As a blogger who often writes about tea, 
it really is the sharing of the experience of tea.
From a child's tea party,
 To WuWo Tea Ceremony,
 My early morning tea time alone,
 The elegance of afternoon tea while traveling,
 Breakfast tea time shared with my "live-in gardener",
 Sitting in the garden,
 Or tasting tea in a tea shop.
 I savor each and every experience with a good cup of tea.

How do you experience tea?

"Though I cannot flee
From the world of corruption,
I can prepare tea
With water from a mountain stream
And put my heart to rest."
~Ueda Akinara 

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