My first day here, we explored the nearby area a bit, but I did not take a lot of pictures as we drove about. Later in the day, however, we walked down to get the mail and my camera went with me, because that’s what cameras are for. My dear friend (who shall be hereinafter known as The Author) has a cat, Van Gogh (named so for obvious reasons), who said hello as we left the house, but opted not to join us on our walk.
Outside her front porch, just at the base of the steps, are pots of color – Coleus, Mums, Caladium, Sweet Potato Vine – bright spots.
It’s a pleasant afternoon, mostly cloudy but not raining. It is New York State, it feels like New York State. A little bit of humidity, but with the moderate temperatures not suffocatingly humid. I love the greenery, the masses of foliage, but I do not love the humidity that encourages that greenery.
I am happy to be here, to have time with The Author, to revisit old times and make new memories. Last time we spent time together, our husbands were with us and I think they rather dominated. The two of them together meant trouble for anyone around – the devil seemed to sit on their shoulders. It is comfortable, this friendship, with no expectations or demands. We communicate frequently via email when not together and so it was not difficult to pick up the pieces.
She has, I think, boundless energy. Boundless interests. She motivates me to get moving – usually. Not this morning. This morning is rainy and I am being lazy, sitting still in my nightgown and robe although it is nearly lunch time.
Mother Nature’s paintbrush has only lightly touched the trees, shrubs and vines here. It is early in the season yet, but what color there is is stunning, eye-catching, put there specifically for me to capture with my camera, I am sure.
Let me show you more of what we saw as we walked.
The seed husks of the Hibiscus
Maple leaves showing their fall finery
a vine flaunting its fiery fall garb
The sumac just barely kissed with color.
Back at the house, I love the grasses she has growing in front of the porch, types of grasses that refuse to grow for me in our less cooperative climate.
And so went our first day. Yesterday we took a drive down memory lane, but I am as yet undecided as to whether I will share much of that or wait until I get home where I might find old pictures from when those lanes were only growing memories to compare.
These days are filled with enough; perhaps even more than enough. I wish for you those kinds of days.
I never knew what hibiscus looked like before. Wonderful shots. ENJOY your vacation.
Enjoy! Is this your October walk for Robin? I am hoping to do mine while on vacation too.
Dawn, don’t know if this will be my walk for Robin, because I do anticipate more walks. We shall see.
I know. I’m debating whether to do her walk while I”m on vacation as well!
Whereabouts in NY are you? I’m near Syracuse.
I’m in the mid-Hudson valley – Beacon.
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Carol — Thank you for taking us along on this drop-dead-gorgeous virtual tour!
Enjoy your visit to this side of the country! Looking forward to hearing more about it!
Lovely, lovely walk! So happy you are enjoying your visit. I have a friend like The Author. She lives in Colorado and we don’t see each other too often. But when we do, it’s like we were never parted! Wishing the rest of your trip is as beautiful as these shots.
Beautiful walk, Carol. I love all the spots of color. How wonderful to spend some time with an old friend, taking walks down memory lane. 🙂
I love the sumac and the ornamental grasses. It’s nice you get to rediscover your old friend in the absence of the husbands who seemed to dominate. I’m sure you’ll forge a new kind of friendship without their presence. I know what you mean about the humidity that results in that kind of greenery. I love the green, but I don’t like to live in the air that breeds that green. It’s a dilemma! Hope you continue to enjoy your visit, Carol. 🙂
I like how you name people like “The Author”. Smiling. Was actually pondering–was it yesterday?–about how different folks have different levels of energy and how it’s all good. I need frequent down time and naps.
There’s nothing wrong with being in your robe at lunch time. You are on a break!
I love having friends like The Author. Those who you remain close to no matter how far, and how conversations can lapse for long periods of time, but not feel like it at your next chat. Hoping you have a great time, despite the humidity.