Friday, August 1, 2014

If anyone asks!

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
 and not,
when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
                        Henry David Thoreau


You have not seen me……. get it?


I knew it as soon as I left the house and practically tripped over a most gorgeous turkey feather lying on the ground that it was going to be the perfect start to my day. Off in the distance across the baled hay field where those hay bales sat taunting me and reminding me I was not finished haying; there they were, standing tall. My Taunting Turkeys, oh yes this was going to be a great day indeed. I crept slowly down the lane hiding behind those cedar trees that line its path. My bear bell now clutched in my left hand and my point and shoot in my right trying to silence that darn bell so that annoying ring would not frighten those Taunting Turkeys and have them flee, I was ready. This was going to be the day that I would catch them unawares. Gotcha!!!!


Life has been a bit crazy around here; most days I don’t know if I am up or down and which direction I should be heading, I needed to change that today. Rather than do what I had planned which would involve decluttering my bedroom closets and dresser drawers I grabbed those Pink Cadillac’s’ and bug hat and headed to the place that has always comforted me and made anything I need to get done to seem possible and I mean everything, that is where my strength lies, waiting for me to return and gather it up.


Halfway to the bush and my waiting fallen tree branch that still rests on my rock and no doubt wondering where I have been I came across Bossy2. She and the girls were enjoying the breeze that blew while they stood beside the pine bush. The flies have been terrible this year and on seeing my bug hat Bossy2 asked if she could try it on. Well, I have never been able to say no to her so she did try it on but of course, it did not fit. I certainly knew that would happen and she was disappointed and threw it on the ground. I was not amused; she said she was sorry and that those flies were driving her crazy. I told her that I understood and told her about the new purple and blue hat I had finished last night and assured her I would bring it back sometime soon for her to try on, she liked that idea

After saying goodbye to the girls I hiked down the hill and into the trees, instantly I felt the peacefulness and calmness that had been missing these past few weeks, this was a trip long overdue and I could feel my strength returning. A rustling above my head had my heart pounding and my looking up quickly and for one second wondering if it was the bear that had been caught on bush-cam by a neighbour and thought about the bear bell deep in my “be quiet” pocket.


A beautiful red-tailed hawk swooped down and flew between the century old maple trees that line the ridge, I thought of my brother T and smiled thinking how much he would have enjoyed that sight. I still think of T now and then and I guess moments like this remind me he is in a better place. I walk over to my century old maple branch still lying on my rock high on the ridge with that incredible valley below; I climb up and pull out my pen and paper, and get comfortable knowing this is exactly where I need to be.

So if anyone asks... remember …. You have not seen me……. get it?



I will be returning on Wednesday, August 6. Have a nice Civic Holiday long weekend my Canadian friends.
 If anyone is looking for me I will be with my girls, planning that wedding, I think I will take them to the woods to gather their strength we are all going to need that.

Later

52 comments:

  1. We all need to find what we have found...:)JP

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  2. What a beautiful place! Enjoy the time with your girls. Happy Holiday!

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  3. the other day the hubby & i were going down the Blue Ridge Parkway & he saw something & was like - what the heck? & i said on that was a turkey. he was huge ... all ready for Thanksgiving. too pretty. ( :

    i just got a call - i have some one looking for hats for their calves (probably 20 head) - can you help?

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  4. Have a wonderful weekend with your girls, Miss B. Glad you found the inner peace you needed to re-energize yourself. We all need to do that.

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  5. Every time I happen across that HDT quote I think of you. I have missed the bush too...so glad we got to visit and rejuvenate with you there this morning.

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  6. Brings me back to my core . . . being in my little slice.
    My oh my I like to read you . . .
    Happy Holiday . . .

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  7. Enjoy the long weekend, Buttons! I know I plan to. :))

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  8. You are going to have a wonderful time with your girls.....have fun...hugs M xxx

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  9. Have a wonderful time with your girls, and enjoy the holiday! One of these days I'll have to tell you about the lovelorn turkey that fell in love with my car and trapped me in it!

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  10. Enjoy your blog break.....happy planning.

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  11. Enjoy the break! I too love walking through our woods - mostly after the mosquito season is over. And I love seeing the wild turkeys that wander into our alfalfa field.

    Happy August to you!

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  12. seen who? bear bell is funny; when Dave and I were in Alaska, we were told the bear bells let the bears know where lunch was...because people kept them on their backpack and that's where they kept their food.

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  13. It takes a strong soul, to go to their happy place when it's needed. To know that time spent there is important, to prepare oneself to get the important stuff done!!

    You got this b, and whatever will be, will be!!

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  14. I'm so glad you have the woods...the bush...to disappear into and be rejuvenated! Happy wedding planning, my friend!

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  15. So fab on all fronts! First up, amazing you got those taunting turkeys! I know how you have tried!! Second up, so nice to know you had this moment of peace in a hectic time! Third up, lovely that you are spending time with your girls this weekend - I know how you cherish that!

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  16. Button, you are a brave woman to go in the woods when there 's a bear or two or three in there. I know you're armed with a bell but still.... you are brave.

    I wish you a great time with your girl and a good rest from blogging. I'm due for one too.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  17. I'll be celebrating New Brunswick Day. Have a great holiday too.
    JB

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  18. so glad you went back to your place of inner nourishment of spirit, before proceeding on, to wedding plans... wise woman...

    tessa~

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  19. What a lovely nook in the woods! I am glad you have found such a place to recharge.

    Bossy2 simply wants you to make her a bug-hat so the flies do not pester her eyes. Who knows? Maybe it could be the latest thing in cow-care! You could make millions!

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  20. I have missed the loveliness of your blog, my friend.

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  21. Your blog is always so beautiful. Thanks for sharing :-).

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  22. Enjoy! ;) Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  23. do enjoy time with your girls. :)

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  24. I can see why you gather strength in the woods, it is so beautiful! I love how Ms Bossy2 loves your hat and that you can't say no. And boy do I love that tree you rest on... Have a great holiday B

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  25. Buttons, who? Have a wonderful holiday and time with your daughters. Time spent in the woods - in the fields, by the ocean - always gets me centered.

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  26. Grace, that moment, that centering, peaceful feeling of contentment, may you carry it with you through the entire week.

    What a beautiful and calming post, believe me I needed that today.

    Oh and the bears...Black? But I'm paranoid after a childhood run in with them camping...way too close for comfort Mama Bear on her hind legs right behind me one night.

    No one can tell me that they are harmless after she ripped open the popup tent freaking out a Mom breastfeeding her baby...

    Jen

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  27. Enjoy your time away ~ woodsy one ;)
    Nope , haven't seen her ?

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  28. Looks like you found the perfect place! And you are right about those turkeys...they can taunt with the best of them. Enjoy your time "off"!

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  29. Oh, you have finally captured those elusive turkeys! I know how long you have waited and there they are, looking very proud of themselves for playing hide and go seek! I agree with you, Buttons, sometimes you just need to take a day off in nature to gather your thoughts - I have been doing that myself lately even thought I have so much to do....I love your beautiful trees and your friendly cows. Enjoy your break... and all that wedding planning. I can relate....Hugs xo Karen

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  30. Enjoy your break Buttons! We love our wild turkey but haven't seen them since Spring. I know we will be seeing them soon!

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  31. Ha!... you closed in and captured your quarry. Try hiding behind a bale of hay before they're all stored.

    Enjoy the break... neighbour. :)

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  32. What a lovely place you have to go write. Sometimes you when life gets crazy, you just have to escape. So pretty.

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  33. So glad to hear you have woods to escape to regroup. I am missing it and it is only a five minute walk from here. Lovely images and have a wonderful long weekend!

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  34. You almost had a chance to give a Bear a Bear hug? That would have been nice. Only the Bear didn't really show up. Darn.

    Oh well. Have a great holiday weekend.

    blessings and Bear hugs!

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  35. Enjoy the weekend and the time with your girls!

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  36. I love the quiet, peacefulness of the woods. It just soothes the soul, doesn't it? Enjoy your days ahead with your girls and happy wedding planning! Take care, B!

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  37. Good luck with the wedding planning!

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  38. Oh what wonderful experiences you had today and I loved sharing it with you.
    I'm sorry Bossy2 was mad at you when the bug hat didn't fit but I'm sure she apologised for being cross. I look forward to see her modelling the new purple and blue hat.
    BEARS!!!! YIKES!!! Glad we don't have anything like that in Australia.
    Have a good break and look forward to your return. xx

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  39. It must be great to have a special place to "get away from it all". It looks a beautiful spot but the thought of bumping into a bear would be a little off putting.

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  40. Planning for the wedding..sigh..I remember all the fun and anxious moments...seems so long ago. Have a great time!

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  41. There's nothing that comes close to the peace that nature brings. Enjoy the wedding planning party!

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  42. I'm so glad you got out to your beloved bush! Love the look of Bossy2. She has become quite the fashion diva, yes? :-)

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  43. Another great story, B! Great place - the woods. We are visited by a lone turkey on a regular basis too - I just haven't pulled out the Canon to shoot him. He struts around like he owns the place (which he does since he cares not a whit about deeds and such).

    Hope you're enjoying the long weekend planning the wedding.

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  44. We get it--you're gone! Have a great planning time with your girls. MB

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  45. B,

    I'm a little slow on commenting on blog posts. This weekend, I stayed away from the computer and out in nature (a place where both you and I enjoy).

    I'm very happy to hear you had a nice relaxing visit with your brother T out in the beautiful forest.

    Enjoy your time with your girls.

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  46. maybe you could get bossy a beanie with a little propeller. the spinning might keep the flies away! ;)

    beautiful scenery!!

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  47. i haven't seen you! hope you are having a wonderful time, i'm sure you are!

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  48. So glad you are doing well! I thought of you this morning, walking past the cows in the remains of the fog, and thinking what great photo that would make, with more mist - the cows emerging from the mist...
    Jake, the whippet, passed suddenly on the weekend. I am getting better, but it is a slow process.

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  49. You certainly have a beautiful place to "hide". A walk in the woods can be so good for the soul. No, I have not seen you---/
    Love
    Vicki

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  50. "and then she went to the barefoot skiing event, and her cover was blown"

    ah the price of fame ;)lol

    We will always wait to read what pieces of Gold you have written, Friend!

    xoxo

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  51. I love how when you decide to escape you take us all with you. I love when you play hookie and get away for awhile. Your turkeys are big...

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