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It’s like this every year. The forest is constantly changing, but it becomes apparent suddenly all at once. It’s not as thick as it was before. Sightlines start to open up. It becomes easier to see deeper into our woods and I discover new and interesting spectacles.

This dead tree had sloughed its bark, but a vine prevented the old skin from dropping all the way to the ground, creating an eye-catching visual.

It’s also like this when deciding to go outside on a day of varying weather conditions. Our sky was a mix of sun and clouds yesterday, resulting in dramatic swings between cheery and gloomy. When I finally rallied to head outside to get something productive accomplished, the air was suddenly wet with waves of heavy mist.

My timing was off by about ten minutes. As fast as that precipitation arrived, it departed.









Those two views were taken at the same time, first looking east, then turning around to the west.

The swings of dreariness messed with my motivation, such that I ended up puttering the day away nipping at the edges of doing something significant, but never really making much progress to speak of.

Some days, that’s just what it’s like around here.

At least it’s a beautiful place to be when not getting all that much done.



Written by johnwhays

September 14, 2019 at 7:41 am

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  1. Dreariness suggests lack of inspiration. The truth is what is there to get done: you no longer have any defined goals left, do you? In your shoes, I’d seek pastures new… or set out new objectives in terms of what you have. Here, in our parts, blue berries are a new profitable crop, they say. I can imagine that they may be an even better option in your climate. Well, something to think about? Some more brainstorming may result in something mind-blowingly beautiful. We need fruit bearing trees of all shapes and sizes, including mental mind maps into the future. Recognise your own pioneering spirit and you may surprise yourself. The secret is to notice when an idea energises you, for then there is no stopping you.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    September 14, 2019 at 8:07 am

    • Thank you for the inspiration! We do have a couple of possibilities in consideration. I think blue berries would be grand! Although, they would likely add to the wildlife attractions we already seem to offer.


      September 16, 2019 at 8:53 am

      • Indeed, when I heard about blueberry projects here, my first thought was that the birds would eat all the fruit unless you use netting. However, surprisingly this hasn’t proved necessary. Whatever else there is a strong demand for blueberries because of their health benefits. Anyway, just brainstorming:-)

        Ian Rowcliffe

        September 17, 2019 at 12:38 am

      • I like it. Your brainstorming is always enticing and welcome!


        September 17, 2019 at 8:26 am

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