Friday, September 24, 2010

feeling Fall

Usually I feel guilty about how I work. I feel rushed most of the time, in one garden but thinking about the next and all the work that has to be done.

This week was different. Blame it on the (momentarily) lower temperatures. Blame it on the advent of fall, which to us gardeners hints at the relaxation that comes with winter. Better still, blame it on our trip to Greece, this coming Monday. We're going to Crete with Cayce & Joe for two weeks of eating, hiking, and Chicken Foot. The anticipation colors every moment between now and then.

Which is, perhaps, why this week was so enjoyable. I had a ton of work to do; I'd been away for a week and there was clean-up to do, mums to plant, and did I mention clean-up? Yet somehow, throughout it all: the 90 degree heat, the accumulation of deadheads, the unending pots of mums, I felt serene, even enjoyed my work.

Instead of rushing, I took my time. I looked around, enjoyed the colors, appreciated the light. And thought about Crete.


At September 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM , Anonymous Mark said...

In just a few sentences you create a vivid sense of anticipation and calm in the moment. Lovely prose.

If you walk a bit towards Finix from Loutro along the water, there is there on a small point a very special spot for me. If you make the walk, please look out to sea and think of me for one moment. Regardless, enjoy the goat music, the feta, and a great sense of peace. I'm thrilled for you!

At September 25, 2010 at 10:37 AM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

I promise I will! We'll be walking from Agia Roumeli to Loutro, then 2 nights in Loutro with day hikes before moving on to Sfakia. And since you recommended the Loutro hotel, we'll toast you with a glass of raki.

At September 25, 2010 at 3:38 PM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

Have a fabulous trip! Can't wait to see the sensational pics I know you'll take.


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