And Vacation

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Aw, we did get away, just a little. Not too far, not too long. My gosh. Birdsong and crickets. Glowing sunrises. Crayfish and minnows. Slugs and eagles. Swedish pancakes (fail) and burgers and brownies (yeah). Cousins and uncle for an afternoon. S'mores and the wind in the trees. Sun on the water. Bananas and coffee (didn't bring enough). Rocks and ducks. Geese flying straight down the river. Too-soft beds and too-hard chairs. Puzzles and yarn. So quiet you could hear the leaves rustling. The frog croaking. The baby talked and talked. I can only get a non-blurry photo of her when she's in one of her seats or sleeping; the rest of the time she is on the move. Everywhere, everywhere, smiling, laughing, talking, blowing bubbles with her lips, crushing leaves, carrying rocks, pounding the table, cracking herself up, crawling as fast as she can that way, crawling as fast as she can this. Waking up to the sound of raindrops. Mornings on the porch. Everything soaked and beautiful. Grapes on the arbor. Bees in the perennial bed. Naps in the hot afternoon. Deer at twilight, racing across the lower lawn in three giant arcs, almost leaping straight over Andy's head in the murky dark. Lazy river. Friendly floaters occasionally drifting by, feet in the water, beer in hand; we charged them a toll  — a joke — to pass. Clouds hanging. Swallows swooping in the evening. Bats zipping across in the dark. We're in their world. The river world. No music, no television. Just crickets, and eagle calls, and the baby's delighted voice, carrying across the shallow water.

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Me encantan las fotos. Me transmiten una paz increíble. Y esa niña es una preciosidad.
Disfruta de las vacaciones. Un besin

Jane Corbett says: August 30, 2013 at 01:39 PM

Sounds like a few days in a pastoral paradise. Makes me appreciate the quiet at my cottage, and listening to the bird song and the waves and the crickets. Everyone asks why I don't have a television...who needs one? Lovely photos. thanks for sharing.

I am so glad you have a camera and a blog. Your photos and words are just wonderful.

Oh that really is a getaway, beautiful images and words

Dude. You cannot post a picture of a slug that looks like it's the size of a horse and then not even talk about it. That is just wrong. Must. Have. Details. Other than that, looks like an amazingly tranquil place to vacation! I keep wishing that we had a regular cabin to head off to because we live fairly close to the Appalachian Mtns but, alas. That is not to be. I will just dream about it based on the glorious scenery you captured on your vacation!

Oh beautiful. Another first for your little one I think. The picture of her and her daddy, with her arm on his head, is so lovely. Liking your yarn colours. As always. Your eye is so good. And clever your for getting the photo of a woodpecker. Wonderful. How blissful to get away and unplug. Glad you had a good time.

Thank you for this. x.

Also ... the first time I've ever found a slug beautiful. :)

Yay! Baby feet picture!!

What a lovely time. Love the little baby shoes on the deck. That's how I first found your blog. I was looking for a pattern for cloth baby shoes and there you were. The first blog I ever visited and I've been hooked ever since. So glad you had such a wonderful vacation.

sounds just wonderful!

perfect magic love...xoxo

Just what you needed, I'm sure.

It was a lovely little vacation just looking at your photos. Thanks!

catherine says: August 30, 2013 at 03:12 PM

thankyou for the photos- they were like a story without words, then I read your words with a little tear in my eye. Beautiful nature, beautiful baby and a BBQ - excellent.

LOVE THE FEET. She is just adorable!!

Wonderful pictures and wonderful words...beautiful little girl who keeps on keeping on..spreading joy not only to her family, but to your readers. I love Western Oregon this time of year. It's such a good place to live..even here in the boonies. Well, especially here in the boonies.
Be well, love to all.

Nice to see YOU in the pictures, even if just on the edges. :)

Wonderful holiday photos. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

Glorious and heavenly and fully of loveliness! Hurrah for your lovely family! Why should someone else's happiness please me? I can't say, but it's so and I feel better for it.

Alison Wear says: August 30, 2013 at 04:01 PM

lovely. just lovely.

I felt relaxed just viewing your photos! Thanks for sharing. Boy little Amelia sure is getting big too. I can't believe she will soon be 1! What a cutie :)

It looks lovely, and so relaxing!

We went through a phase like that with our little one. For a few months every photo of her was in a high chair, car seat, or stroller because she was on the move so much I could not get a clear picture otherwise. Good times! :)

So beautiful, so glad you could get away. I love a river.

Also: that is the biggest slug I've ever seen! Eek.

Your bliss is so contagious! :) Thank you!!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. penny x

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