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On A Fall Walk

Friday's Finds come up so fast...really, a week just flies by. This week it was hard to pick what to post but then after thinking about it for about one minute..the choice was easy.

You all know that I have the Boys on Tuesdays and this week Liam and I ended up, late afternoon, at the Tea House....again..Gosh we both love that place so much.  The special part came though after we were finished with tea. I asked Liam if he would like to walk home today and kick around a few leaves..of course he said yes...I was a bit surprised because we had never really walked any distance before.  My husband, sweet man that he is, was waiting for us in the car with Jaxson while he napped.   So here was the plan....Liam and I would walk, Jim and Jaxson would give us a head start and then come and pick us up...

So off we went, him and I...holding hands..nothing electronic, just us and the sounds of fall and our own voices.  It was the best walk ever...and this is what we saw...

We passed the old cemetery.  Well that stirred up a bit of conversation about ghost and dead people...little boys love ghoulish things..before we got into how old I might be I quickly moved him on.

We live in horse country so we often pass the horses in the fields.  These white ones...Liam calls them Sugar, were just grazing around...Liam loves horses and on our drives and walks he always likes to say "hi" to the horses.

Next we came along a house that had the laundry hanging out...this was my opportunity to tell Liam how we used always hang our clothes out...I'm not to sure if he was impressed with this but I sure was...To me there is nothing nicer and more refreshing than laundry hanging on the line...In Maine I sometimes still do this.

More horses...our lucky day. The sound of the hoofs clip, clopping along the trail as two girls were just out on a leisurely ride..with such great colors to travel through...we stopped and watched them pass..and Liam says someday he's going to have "his own horse"...Good luck with that one Liam..

Last but not least and really the most running through the leaves...this photo was not taken on our walk because I did not have a camera...but it certainly belongs with our walk because we both moved through those leaves with laughter and joy and the wonders of spending this fall  walk with a happy, talkative  little boy....

Side note...when Jim came along to pick us up...Liam insisted that he wanted to walk the entire way...and he did...the weather was lovely, the colors outstanding and we encountered more than I could post here...We had a lovely chat with a man, sitting on a bucket, painting is new fence...I have to was one of the best fall days I've had...these boys continue to lift me up...and I am forever grateful for my time with just seems to me that fall was made for children....of all ages...:)

Happy weekend.

"We are here essentially to risk ourselves in the world; we are a form of invitation to others and to otherness, we are meant to hazard ourselves for the right thing, for the right woman or the right man, for a son or a daughter, for the right work or for a gift given against all the odds, and to allow ourselves to be happy may be the greatest, most courageous act of all."  David Whyte

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I hang my laundry outside as much as possible. Just love the smell of air dried things. Sounds like you and Liam had a wonderful time.

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Oh Sarah it was such a wonderful day...the kind you wish you could repeat over and over again...thanks so much for stopping by and yes, keep hanging that laundry outside...I just love sheets from the line...

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Dear Cheryl, your words and photography make me dream with my eyes wide open....I can see why you love your world, it has such charm and beauty. Thanks for sharing a piece of yourself. Happy Trails! xo P.S To Liam, I had the same dream about horses, now I have a whole family of them that I raised. Dreams do come true, keep dreaming!

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

To my dear friend...Cheryl, your blog posts are ones I wait for each week, because you uplift me with your photos, your stories about you and the boys (including Jim)! Visiting here is so refreshing. I can relate to each picture, and the dream about having a horse one day was a dream my little sister had too. Only she never did get hers - poor thing. She used to beg our dad "please daddy, can I have a horse - he can live in the garage"!! So cute. Our neighbors had a nice large barn with several horses too. Well, your Tuesday with the boys was so fun to see and hear about. Wishing you a really wonderful weekend too! The sun is finally shining now - so inspirational, and I haven't posted on blog for two weeks. So much going on. xo

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

Like Beverly, I love these glimpses into your world Cheryl and writing about a perfect day like this will help you remember and relive it again and again. How lucky is little Liam that you truly enjoy his company so much! That is such a gift to you both. The images are all so light and airy and beautiful. Can't pick a fav but I do love the girls on horseback. How lovely. Thanks for sharing your day.

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherry G.

I love your writing. It feels like you took me along for the walk. And your photography is outstanding.

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan W

Marilyn your visit are always a welcoming pot to me. You support, and cheer me on. Thank you for checking this post out...I love your world and I love that you can see a bit of mountains are surely smaller than yours but our worlds really are not so far much beauty in both...have a beautiful Sunday...wish we could ride again.

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Oh Beverly to sit and have a cup of tea with you and chat...what a delight that would be...your words of encouragement mean so much to me...I know how your sister must have felt...longing for that horse...I'm afraid Liam will be doing a bit of longing also...I don't see it in his future for awhile...but he might just get a bit more of horses than he expects...those boys make my world go round...can't wait for Jaxson to get big enough to really spoil...
Have a beautiful Sunday Beverly...and hold on to your dreams.

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Sherry you are my faithful and wonderful visitor...yes the boys are so much fun and my blog, in part, is my love letters to them as they grow. I'm hoping someday that through these post they will know how much they were loved and enjoyed...until that time I'm so very happy to share them with you and all who visit...
Have a beautiful Sunday...xoxo

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Each of these just depicts falls in it's form, and beauty. Love them all. gorgeous country.

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Hurst

This is what fall is all about! I still remember special times like this from my childhood; a beautiful fall day, surrounded by the colourfull woods at the cider mill or walking with the dog to a lake with geese... Little sensory snapshots that remain with me still. The difference though is that the landscape is what I remember most, rather than people. Liam is getting both- the joy of fall shared with his loving grandma. When he's grown, maybe in a big city like me, he will have a whole album of mental snapshots to draw on from his special Tuesdays with you. And his Papa & little brother. What a gift!
What a gorgeous area you live in- thanks for sharing your walk! X

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGwen

PS: I forgot to say, while all the photos are beautiful & a window into your world, the first one is a stunner & my favourite!

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGwen

Cheryl what wonderful colours and what memories you are making. Thanks for taking me on your walk.

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell

Loved hanging laundry outside. Even when it froze. Great wandering tale Cheryl. You have a bond with your little ones that is beautiful and a gift. I don't have to tell you to treasure it because I know you do, every second. :)

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Barbara....welcome and the comment was lovely and thoughtful, Thanks for stopping by,

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Hey Gwen , I love the points you bring up about snapshots of the past. I hope that the boys will feel the same way someday, if nothing else at least they will know that they were loved and enjoyed , I love it when you visit,

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Chris laundry outside is the best. Like you though I do remember frozen clothes and never did understand the reasoning there. Had to bring them in and hang them all over the house to dry. I don't do that. Haha

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Finally, some quiet time to sit with you. I do hope you are printing out these posts, in addition to being on-line. What a treasured book they would make for your grandsons! I love the quotation by David Whyte, "We are here essentially to risk ourselves in the world; we are a form of invitation to others and to otherness, we are meant to hazard ourselves for the right thing, for the right woman or the right man, for a son or a daughter, for the right work or for a gift given against all the odds, and to allow ourselves to be happy may be the greatest, most courageous act of all." It speaks to me so strongly, especially tonight. Wouldn't it be fun to create a journal for Liam with images of horses and any other passions. This is how dreams do turn into reality! Bless you and your family. With love, always, Antoinette xox

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

How gorgeous you are and your walk refreshed me as well. The colors are so pure and vibrant. I wish I were there too.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

I love horses and I really, really miss hanging my laundry on the line. I've hung laundry on the line for nearly 60 years but recently we retired to a place where it's not allowed (imagine!). Though I sneak some on the deck where others can't see!

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

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