Roll on By

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Just two days. Two days that felt like two years and also two minutes. River time is fairy time. You don't know what hour or even what day it is, unless you can tell time by the sun. And who really cares what time it is. There's nowhere to go, nothing else to do. The sun and the stones and the water are everything. They're all there is, all you need. Three nights and two days. If only we were there for longer! I honestly did not want to come home! I wanted to stay in the sun with the stones and the minnows and the water-skippers, with the eagles and the sparrows and the ducks, with the wind and the water and the people floating by with their radios and their super-loud conversations and their silly, cartoony tubes. I wanted to stay right there, with my book and my basket and my baby catching crayfish, and my husband skipping rocks, and my legs plunged into the cold, clear water, and then go up to the house for tacos for dinner and s'mores at the firepit and Taylor Swift on repeat and checkers before bed and baths together in the giant tub. I wanted to stay on the porch with my loves, drinking coffee by dawn-light, listening to owls hoot in the gloaming, looking for deer and rabbits in the grass, and watching the water roll and roll and roll on by. Time, mystical time, cutting me open then healing me fine. Oh, no, no, I did not want to come home. . . .


thanks for sharing and the photos are so sweet and lovely. and remember dear lady, you have enjoyed such a time to have the memories to take with you. it does like incredible and so much to be thankful for. cheers. (-:

THANK you for these great pictures. It sounds amazing and soul nurturing. These wild places, even if they aren’t so wild anymore, are essential for gathering courage and perspective. I hope you get to go back soon.

What a dreamy few days by the river. Now I wish I had rented a house for a few days. I toyed with the idea, got scared, and chickened out. This looks like it was the perfect solution for getting away while still being safe.

Absolutely beautiful! Makes me want to go out immediately to play in the wilderness! Captured lovely!

I know how you feel. I just spent 2 days in the hills in a quaint old home furnished with antiques. Cold, wet, down low clouds outside, warm, comfy and with the aroma of a eucalypt wood fire inside. Looking out into the Australian bush in the wintertime is my idea of heaven. Didn't want to drive down that hill to home, work and responsibilities.

cynthia lindsley says: August 13, 2020 at 06:44 PM

she has grown so, long legs and then she turns and is still just a little girl. Its fun to watch her grow.
Glad you all got away if even for a short time. Summer is so fleeting.

I love, love Year of Wonders! Such a beautiful and terrible story! Or is it terribly beautiful! I love how the new Things of Summer embroidery kit turned out - I kept one and gave one away to a dear friend. She was thrilled!

So, how many of us have popped over to see if can subscribe to the Mimi Mouse Makes Podcast?

Mary Ann in Vermont says: August 16, 2020 at 05:14 AM

Of course, I did, Chicken Natlie!!!!!
That was the cutest of all time! I cannot wait for more. Mimi Mouse has a huge fan club all ready!

Miss Madeleine says: August 16, 2020 at 10:56 AM

I am reading the same book. I have four children, around the age of your child, who are growing far too quickly. I almost didn't recognize your daughter, having followed this blog when she was brought into your home. I feel that their childhoods, rapidly fleeting, are grief-like. Beautiful, but too brief.

Isn’t it just blissful when you get those perfect summer moments? I’m so glad you got away and had a break, it’s been a tough spring and we all need to breathe. Store up these times for the months ahead!

The way you weave your words, and the story you tell with your photos brings me great peace. There is good in the world, thank you for sharing.

Pamela Gregory says: August 20, 2020 at 02:49 PM

those freckles are killing me. and the loooooong legs!! she must miss dance.
I wish I could travel to such a great spot.

Susan McGregor says: August 20, 2020 at 11:48 PM

Gorgeous writing :)
From Scotland... Happy Holidays

Marsha Gibbons says: August 23, 2020 at 06:52 AM

Oh those precious freckles. I love every one!! And that heart shape rock is amazing. What a wonderful time!!!!

Oh my goodness. I read "Year of Wonders" many years ago and have never forgotten that book. Amazing, sad, hopeful . . .just very unique I think. Hope you liked it. Gorgeous photos and don't we hate to say goodbye to Summer. The only thing that helps is knowing beautiful, lovely Fall is coming. xxx

Ooh, I am obsessed with the Folklore album and thinking that's what you could be pressing repeat on. Almost all of it - there's just one song I don't like much at all.

so beautiful and adorable those pictures are. I also want to have a wonderful and gorgeous respite like that. I feel so comfortable when I look at your splendid and lovely photos, thank u ^^

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About Alicia Paulson


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




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.