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late afternoon picnic

Behind this grand old mill building is the Mill River, which teenybuffalo took me to several years ago.

Little Springtime, the healing angel, and I went down to the very spot she had shown me (and, actually, the healing angel was along on that trip too), but really what we wanted to get to was a sandy island a bit upstream. The problem was that there was a waterfall between us and upriver at this point.

The healing angel hopped quite nimbly across the river and signaled to us, after a time, that we would find a place to scramble down on our side if we walked back along the highway a bit.

he scrambles

He waves to us from a high point on the other side

We walked back up the highway, and sure enough, did find a place to scramble down to the water.

The water was golden

Here is the healing angel, already on the island we want to get to.

Little Springtime waded over

It was such a lovely spot! You can see the mill building in the distance.

Swallows, metallic blue on top and pale yellow underneath, were swooping and diving over the water, catching insects. Sometimes they'd skim the water, taking a drink. Sometimes they passed right by our shoulders, ears. You can borrow their wings when they do that, fly with them up into the sky--wonderful.

The healing angel found evidence of other birds, ones who'd strolled along the sand, like we were doing:

We drove home in the long, late-afternoon light. A good day.

PS Would you like to know what we had for our picnic?

Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, which Little Springtime made, boiled eggs, limeade, and Biscoff cookies, which Wakanomori introduced us to before heading off to the land of the rising sun.


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May. 24th, 2015 12:33 am (UTC)
That sounds tasty.

I'm drinking limeade now.
May. 24th, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
Limeade Twins!
May. 24th, 2015 12:50 am (UTC)
How very beautiful!
May. 24th, 2015 01:04 am (UTC)
It was--I wish I could open a window in the sky and let you walk through to see with your own eyes.
May. 24th, 2015 01:12 am (UTC)
*giddy at the very thought*
May. 24th, 2015 01:44 am (UTC)
What a lovely spot!
May. 24th, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
I loved it the first time I went, and I've always wanted to go back. Yesterday was perfect.
May. 24th, 2015 01:51 am (UTC)
Oh, how lovely! It makes me happy that you've returned to the place I initially showed you. I'm longing to revisit it as well.
May. 24th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
So, so grateful to you for sharing that spot. That whole get-together was wonderful.
May. 24th, 2015 02:38 am (UTC)
Oh, what a beautiful day you had! And what a lovely spot for a picnic!

Delicious lunch menu, too!
May. 24th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
It was a wonderful day. The healing angel even said, "Today was a good day"--which was remarkable.
May. 24th, 2015 11:52 am (UTC)
Ever since I was tiny, I have known that if I were to become a bird I would want to be a swallow.

Did you know that chimney swifts are in terrible decline? Chimneys are vieu jeu.
May. 24th, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that about chimney swifts! Here is the first place I've lived that I've noticed them, and here they seem all right (which is to say, they seem *present*. I'm very sorry to hear that; I *love* them.

And yes, to be a swallow would be wonderful.
May. 24th, 2015 01:22 pm (UTC)
A lovely day. Do you think they'd mind if you didn't return their wings?
May. 24th, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
They might be a little annoyed... but maybe they'd just turn into very fast swimming, gorgeous river eels instead.
May. 24th, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
So beautiful... I can feel the stones underfoot and the coolness of the water. Thank you.
May. 24th, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
I like to think of your spirit presence wading there <3
May. 24th, 2015 04:31 pm (UTC)
I need to visit some water. Yesterday was vary productive, though; mom and I smudged her house and buried a St. Joseph and got her an offer on the thing. Finally. Not a great offer, but an offer.
May. 24th, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
I hope you do find water this weekend. Did you get out at all today?

(Excellent news... well, moderately excellent news--about your mom's place.)
May. 25th, 2015 01:40 am (UTC)
I got in a walk, which was nice. I visited my dad and stepmom in the forest, which was also quite nice. The creek is a dry bed, though, for the time being, and choked with poison ivy, so no water, today.
May. 24th, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
What a great adventure!
May. 24th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
It was most excellent.
May. 24th, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
Delightful. Find any treasure on the island?
May. 24th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
A rock with gorgeous mica in it, and a piece of pottery!
May. 25th, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
Such a lovely, lovely day. I wish I could have been with you guys. So wonderful to see the pictures, and it sounds like you had a delicious lunch! *huuuugs*

lol, tell Little Springtime to write to me! It's been too long.
May. 26th, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
I wish so tooooo! One day. One day we'll go wading in a river together.
May. 28th, 2015 12:03 pm (UTC)
And stroll in the sand like birds. <3
May. 26th, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't have limeade that day, but I did have Honey and Basil Lemonade. :D Close enough, wouldn't you say?

And that place is lovely and magical and inviting...thanks for taking us along.
May. 26th, 2015 08:13 pm (UTC)
Not only close enough, but inspiring. I'm going to infuse some basil into my next lime- or lemonade.

Thank you for coming <3
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