Blessed with a day of gorgeous weather this past week, Wes and I finally decided to celebrate our 29th Anniversary whilst spending it outdoors. Better late than never we thought, as we headed to a nearby lake to do some fishing and kayaking. The air was cool and the sky blue as we climbed into our kayaks and started paddling across the glassy surface. Within a few minutes, I had caught the first fish on my Dad’s flyrod with his bumblebee lure. Wes carefully removed the big bream for me, which was a foot long . . . minus eight inches . . . Ha Ha!
I caught a couple more fish during the morning, with Wes catching the biggest fish. I love using the flyrod, as it feels like an aeronautical ballet of sorts, performed by my line as I gracefully whip it through the air, before dropping the wee fly into just the right spot. I actually like it when my fish comes off in the water, as that’s the easiest catch and release ever! After enjoying a picnic whilst floating in our kayaks, we paddled and fished a while longer, before it was time for a swim, which I very much enjoyed indeed!
Feeling quite refreshed afterward, I was ready to join Wes on a lovely hike! The dry, cooler air made it perfect for a walk through the woods, while stopping many times to admire various wildflowers blooming, as well as mushrooms and fungi. One of the most beautiful flower sightings of the late afternoon hike was this stunning Yellow-Fringed Orchid! It was the first time we had ever seen this bright orange beauty, and I was thrilled to add it to my wildflower list. It was a great day and a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary and we returned home feeling quite relaxed!
While eating at a restaurant in a neighboring town one evening last week, I noticed a horse with an Amish buggy behind, loosely tied to a light pole in an adjacent parking lot. After we ordered our pizza, we sat at a table by a window where I could watch the horse, as he occasionally glanced over his shoulder toward the grocery store to see if his owners were yet coming. Then out came a young gentleman energetically pushing a buggy fast at times, whilst hopping onto the back and enjoying the free short rides, as he made his way over to the horse and buggy. Right behind him quickly walked a young lady, followed by a much slower walking lady, who joined them at the buggy, where they commenced to loading their groceries into a couple of big coolers in the back. A few minutes later, they had all their newly acquired supplies loaded and then the older lady covered it all with a dark blue blanket. Within a minute or two, they were loaded onto the wagon, with the gentleman holding the reigns. They stopped at the red light for a minute and then they were off, with the horse walking faster as they went, obviously ready to go home, and soon they were out of sight. I must say that there was something very serene in watching them methodically load groceries onto the back of their buggy and head home to their unhurried and more simplistic way of life.
~ In The Studio ~
I finished my miniature painting on silk, of a mother elephant with her wee baby this past week.
Then I started painting this miniature of an adorable giraffe, also painted on silk.
Wes finished his miniature painting of a White-crowned Sparrow this past week, which he photographed during our recent trip to Colorado.
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Until Next Time . . .