Fall break is over. It was wonderful. The weather was a true gift, the sun held her position strong in the sky, the skies were blue and the temperatures were crisp in the morning and very comfortable in the afternoons.
Now it is very early Monday morning. The day started grey, with drizzling rain and in a few hours it is back to the office for me.
I am so glad we took the time for a long walk yesterday. My body is stiff and a bit sore, but the memories are good and soothing.
I got a bit snap happy with my phone as I tried to capture the Fall colors on our nature walk. Why don’t you walk with me…
We walked out of my front door and within minutes we were surrounded by this. I still count all my lucky stars for my new home and its surroundings. The big English garden landscaped park two blocks away that just spills over into a nature trail. We hiked 18K ( a bit much for my not so well trained hiking feet and legs) and went from following meandering streams, up and down hills, along meadows and fields, alternating wide views of our hilly landscape with narrow, mysterious forest roads.
I soaked it all in.
The day started off cold, but the sun still had enough force to warm things up nicely. The low set sun soaked everything in a golden light. Making even the must mundane, died out weeds look stunning and beautiful.
I hesitated going on this walk. I am still in the midst of a room makeover/finish (bathroom reveal coming up next) and I was itching to get as much work done before the working weeks at the office begin again. But the sun beckoned us out, especially with the forecast telling us it might be the last sunny day for a while.
I am so glad we did. No better stress relief than a day spent in nature.
The oak trees are in full fledge Fall mood over here, covering the ground with carpets of brown leaves. Oak and beech trees are the most common trees here. They make walking in a forest almost hazardous these days with them dropping nuts all the time. But there was still a fair amount of green on the trees too. It filtered the sunlight to perfection.
I recently heard the term ‘forest bathing’, it is a thing apparently. You even have coaches who teach you how to forest bath. I don’t need a coach for that. I think I have mastered the skill just perfectly all by myself. Just walk into the woods, get off the busy trails and away from the crowds, and just stand still and soak in the peace, the quiet, the fresh air and the sights. I get all zen all over again just looking at this picture.
I am really hoping for a few more days like this in the coming weeks. There are still a lot of trees that want to show off their Fall foliage in all of its splendor. We’ll see. That drizzle that was coming down when I started working on this post? It is now a full force rain. I know nature can’t get this green without the rain, but I already miss the sun.
I am so grateful for this beauty around me and for the opportunity and good health to be able to go out and grab it and breathe it all in.
What are you grateful for at this moment?
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