A View from Sierra County

Small town life and politics, lots of knitting, and travels with and without my five burros

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Location: In the Sierra Nevadas, United States

I blog about rural living and social issues, and the creativity that comes from knitting, as well as post random pictures of the Sierras and my burros. "In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society" - Simone de Beauvoir


Sunday, August 14, 2005

Summer Afternoon

Summer afternoon.... the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James

This quote came back to me as I was lying on the gravel beach next to our favorite swimming hole, looking up through the leaves. What a lucky life to have such a chance... I was feeling stressed out and like my life was too crowded, and asked for some time to enjoy my favorite things about summer, and got them all, within a few hours and a few miles' radius of our Forest City home.

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First, our friends Dave and Ginny showed up unexpectedly, having celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary in Nevada City, and we took them on a short hike to visit Rowland Falls, which doesn't have much water falling at this time of year. However, this tiny, cold pool at the top lasts all season. Posted by Picasa

Dave beat Ginny and I to the top and thought it would be funny to "seed" the pool with some gold... fool's gold, that is! Nice piece, all the same. Posted by Picasa

After our friends headed home to Artois, we decided to go swimming in Oregon Creek. Posted by Picasa

I took along some reading, including my new issue of Take Back the Knit, and read about vegan and organic yarns, and dozed a bit in the shade after a brief swim (the water never really warms up at this hole, but it is private and peaceful)

I was happy to see that there are still a few wildflowers about, including columbine, shown here, although my camera annoyingly decided to focus in the distinctive ferny leaves rather than the red blossom. Posted by Picasa

This is Indian Pink, a lovely little flower that blooms all summer long near the water. Posted by Picasa

You can see my afternoon resting place in the right foreground in this photo. I managed to get friends, water, flowers, greenery, shade, swimming, reading, and (pretend) napping all in this afternoon, just as if I were having a real summer vacation.... now, it's back to work tomorrow for a very hectic week. Blessings, all! Posted by Picasa


Blogger Ruinwen said...


Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with me. I could feel the cool water washing the stress away....I was delighted to see the Indian Pink as it is one of the essences I take right now. Thank you for showing me how unique it is!


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Blogger Kathy said...

That Henry James quote is one of my favorite quotes!

1:34 PM  

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