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A fall interlude

There was nary a breeze and the sun was toasty warm on my back as I walked. There remains a few crickets chirping and the occasional call of the meadowlark settles in my heart. Not far away I can see the dust and hear the steady hum of a tractor and cultivator at work as harvest is long done in our area. The colours of autumn are showing their awesomeness across the prairie and it fills me with joy. Even the dogs taking a dip and getting muddy could not dampen my mood. But… there’s always one isn’t there?

There’s no doubt in my mind that I need to up the distance that I’m walking. And yet how do I give all of this up for road walk? I did 2.4 km winding my way around the pasture. On the road I would have done 5 km with gravel kicking into my shoes.

Don’t get me wrong as there’s still beauty to be found on a gravel road. Well on the edges of the road in the fields and pastures. And in the winter there are often days where that’s the only option but today. Well today I had this wonderful opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of the prairie on a late September day.

Geese basking in the sunlight

The kind that starts with sandals and sweaters. 8 degrees when I race out the door for work at 0650. Departing work the sweater stays in the back pack and the leggings quickly become Capri length with a quick tuck.

Just enough time for a picture!

The kind of day that makes it hard to believe that in 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 or 50 days the ground will be white and the wind will howl and I will force my way out to find beauty and exercise. The kind of day that the only reason I walk outside is because of the dogs.

It’s the kind of day that finds me writing this post on the veranda in the late afternoon sun. Enjoying the fall decor I pulled from the garden and used as colour here and there. The tractor is driving the puppy nuts but even that fails to annoy me as I lounge in the last rays of sunlight. It will fall behind the garage soon and set far too quickly.

There are probably definitely things I should do. Walk farther faster, unload the dishwasher, start supper, answer emails and blog comments but I am jut soaking in the sun.

A moment of gratitude
Last night’s sunset



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

6 thoughts on “A fall interlude

  1. Well written Bernie. Fall makes us all a bit wistful. We do not want to give up the lingering colours and warmth or any of the outdoor time we can grab. Thanks for sharing. Allan


      1. We just got back from a fall walk in the river valley and we were sweating in shirtsleeves…on October 4. So nice not to have the bugs around. πŸŒžπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘


      2. True. At this time of year most of them are diminished but I was eating outside and the wasps found me with 3 bites to go! I headed inside. Let’s enjoy this weather while it lasts. Bernie

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  2. Hi Bernie, As I have been sharing on other sites, your photos are amazing! I especially love your sentence β€œthe colours of autumn are showing their awesomeness across the prairie and it fills me with joy.” Your joy leaps from the pages. Your essence, in the stunning photos! You remind me how we greatly appreciate the beautiful Fall days since we know change is inevitable. ❀️


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