Sometimes, we are afforded not only beauty of place, but a sense of inner peace when we are present. These days, in the hustle bustle of the world, it is much harder to find such places, but they do exist. One of our favorite places these days has been the gardens up near the mountains. It’s not that they have row upon row of flowers, but more that they have little nooks here and there where you can rest beneath the shade of a tree, listen to the song of birds, trace the path of hummingbirds, and just listen to the wind.
Yesterday, the kids and I spent the entire day at the gardens. We started with a nice little picnic beneath the shade of a clump of trees at the end of the community garden. It was 100 degrees F outside, yet in the shade, I’d swear it felt like 80! After resting a while, I did venture out to take pictures (of course). We explored the garden patch and spied growing zuchinni squash, onions, potatoes, and stalks of newly growing corn.
From there, we ventured to the barn… and I have to say something about the heat of the day… no one else was there (aside from the people working). We saw beautiful white horses in the field and were surprised when they came right up to us at the fence and commenced begging for love and attention. Let’s just say the kids were thrilled. Not long after, in the nearby barn, a goat commenced to call to us. My daughter and son went over and pet him for a while. When they returned their attention to the horse, you could hear the goat begging them back. It was rather nice getting all this attention ourselves 🙂
That day we spied chickens, roosters, wild hares, baby birds crying out to their mother who was searching for food, and a toad. All said, we had a pretty productive day. I seriously think that if I have to worry about it being too hot outside, this is where I will want to go to relax. While we did walk about in the sun, there were plenty of places to hide in the shade. Next time, I might even bring my journal to write in.
Anyway, at that relaxed pace, I was able to really get to know the flowers. While many were out in the blazing sun, some were taking it easy in the shade. I do hope you enjoy the view. I know I did.
(c) Sumyanna 2018