That is NOT a filter, it was the sunset after a really stormy day…
The female bluebird who was always around.
Well. I was in heaven last week. And you’ll notice I didn’t post everyday. I wanted to, and I thought I would, but when it came down to it, I just couldn’t. I thoroughly enjoyed that time off.
My husband, myself, and my step-son met my mom, my sister and her family (husband and two kids), and my aunt, cousin and her two kids in Arkansas to stay at a “lake” house on Greers Ferry lake. I say “lake” house because we didn’t have access to the lake to swim, but we had an AMAZING view. The house was huge, slept all of us comfortably, and was equipped with a professional-style kitchen, granite countertops, and other really luxurious fixtures.
We were pretty far away from almost everything where we were, so we didn’t go out much, except to Wal-Mart the first day to stock up on food, etc. we didn’t bring with us (my husband and I brought organic, free range chicken and grass-fed beef with us in a cooler), and that was quite a trek. Otherwise, we went to Petit Jean state park one day and to the lake a couple of days to swim.
Generally, I just enjoyed being with family, sitting outside on deck where a family of Eastern Bluebirds had a nest, watching her go in and out, and looking off into the distance.
But the most amazing thing of all was the morning walks with my mother and 16 year old nephew. We three got up at 5:30 every morning to walk up a trail behind the house and small road in the woods (funny, but that is my ideal vacation…I don’t need to sleep in, as if I could). There was nothing around, some empty lots, but mostly just woods going up the mountain.
And of course I brought my binoculars; my mother and I enjoyed birding together when I was in high school and still at home during college, and my nephew leads hikes at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Atlanta, so we are all very excited by nature and birds. I, am happy to say, am a major bird nerd, and pretty good at identification, even after not doing it regularly for years.
Our first morning, we wandered around aimlessly, and saw a pileated woodpecker, a bob white, summer tanager, indigo bunting and other more common birds, as well as lots of smaller ones we couldn’t see very well and/or couldn’t identify. The second morning, we walked further, to the end of the road and I went down to the edge of the empty lot to see the lake. When I looked up and to the right a bit, a bald eagle was sitting not very far away from me in a tree, next to his/her nest. Such a majestic, beautiful sight!
So from that morning on, we checked on the nest every morning, and then in the evenings we drove up with some of the people who couldn’t walk that far and saw the juvenile bald eagle as well, and sometimes nothing at all. But the journey was the thing, and just appreciating time with my mom and nephew was priceless.
Oh, and we ate our fill of wild blackberries on the way back home; getting stuck with so many thorns was worth it!
Anyway, that was my week last week – I miss it already.
I did a pretty good job packing, although I ended up wearing my walking clothes and sneakers more than anything else, but could have used a pair of leggings and light sweater for wearing around the house (the AC was cold!) and on cooler mornings. I did enjoy my James Perse raglan sleeve dress at home, and wore my Elizabeth Suzann marlena dress one hot day.
Speaking of Elizabeth Suzann, have you seen her piece on her own vacation? She traveled only with pieces from the signature collection and documented it. If you love packing posts as much as I do, take a look at Elizabeth Suzann‘s post. (makes me want to add the Georgia linen dress to my wardrobe!!).
I hope you had a great week/weekend last week. Happy Monday!!!