River Rats

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Oh, sweet river days. Vacation time. Breezes and birds and messy hair. Dirty feet and slivers and games at the table. New Shakey Graves on repeat day and night (perfect river music). Bubble baths and raft rides and so many rocks. Darling girl running wild and free. I laid on the blanket reading my book for hours. I sat in the river reading my book for hours. I couldn't sleep, any of the nights, and stayed up way too late, reading my book for hours. Despite this, I'm still not finished (this is officially the longest book I've ever read). Campfires and conversation. Two shooting stars, two satellites, one bald eagle, tiny sandpiper, a beaver carcass, turkey vulture, many ducks, countless crayfish, three owls (heard). Mist rising in the early mornings and quilts and coffee on the porch and a ridiculous number of marshmallows for dessert. Dahlia bouquet from the honor stand on the way back. It's always too short and I'm always glad to get home.

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Patti Funk says: August 20, 2017 at 10:08 AM

And what will you be doing tomorrow morning for the eclipse? Your town must be crawling with lookers!

Your pictures make me feel like I took a mini vacation. I feel refreshed. Thank you!

Kristen from MA says: August 20, 2017 at 10:17 AM

I'm not an outdoorsy person Alicia, but this looks like heaven.

Now you have to read The Shell Seekers and then September.

Sixty two glimpses of bliss, and wonder... countless details that inspire, restore, and bring a smile.
Lovely to see, and I can only imagine how sweet to experience. Thank you for sharing all this beauty.

Looks like heaven! How wonderful for your family to have this lovey escape.

Me too :) such beautiful pictures!

Bliss! I could comment on every single photo! Beautiful fabrics, little creatures, golden hair, misty water and a smokebush in full plume. And I'm so happy to see my favourite Mrs Tiggywinkle! I have just finished Coming Home after it seeing it in your book list post. I loved it. A satisfying read. And speaking of books and rivers, have you read Wind in the Willows to Amelia? It's great for funny noises and voices. Thank you for a gentle post of the good things in life after what was a tumultuous week.

Absolutely beautiful....

This place looks fabulous! Where is this?

I must say that enjoying your photos was like a mini-vacation for me too! What a wild and wonderful place you've found! That table and chairs are wonderful! What book kept you so captivated? We weren't able to go to our annual camping trip due to Dayle's back pain.. but we have new paint on the farmhouse, new windows and a new deck going in as I type. I hope we're able to see the eclipse here in Oregon.. our morning today was not clear at all! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

I always catch my breath with delight at a new post by you! These beautiful photos remind me of The Wind In The Willows! Although I feel ready for Fall I feel inspired to delight in these last weeks of Summer 💕

Looks idyllic, how wonderful! Your girl is just gorgeous, what a marvellous age.

Thank you, again, for sharing such precious moments and memories! I always appreciate the way you celebrate the seasons, outdoors and indoors.

Haha, I always feel like that when re-reading one of Pilcher's longer books, but I kind of love it, because when I'm really in the mood to read them, I never really want them to end. :)

Leslie MP says: August 20, 2017 at 09:17 PM

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. A pleasure to read your post,as always. What recipe is that shrimp pasta? It looks delicious and just right for the scorching weather here in the south.

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle doesn't look THAT long! I kid I kid.

I read a book like that once, Poisonwood Bible. Took 7 years! Oh well they do eventually come to an end.......
Love these photos, what a wonderful place to spend a few days.

Ah how lovely. It looks like such a rest-filled place! What a blessing to have such a vacation :-)

Reading the same book and I love it! And you have the perfect place to read such a lovely long book.

Wow, it looks as if you were the only ones out there. It must have fed your soul. I feel the same way when I go away. It goes too fast but always glad to get home. Your pictures are lovely. Thanks for sharing your vacation with us.

There's something on your pictures (or in the shots taken) that make us miss the places although we haven't been there. Is that kind of missing, that in portuguese we call SAUDADE. Thank you for sharing.

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lovely vacation, looks as though time stands still. I love the photo of your little comedienne pretending to snooze on the quilt in the grass.

It's one of my favorite books... I think I've read it about five times! Agree, September should be read next.
Any chance you'd share more details about your river vacation. We've been wanting to do something similar but as we are new to the area, the planning seems overwhelming! Add travel consultant to your many hats!

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.