All the magic
“The Sussex lanes were very lovely in the autumn. I started going for long lone country walks among the spendthrift gold and glory of the year-end, giving myself up to the earth-scents and the sky-winds and all the magic of the countryside which is ordained for the healing of the soul.” — Monica Baldwin
Saturday (two days ago; I’m no longer two weeks ahead in writing these posts) I was a bit reluctant to head out into the cold for my walk. I wasn’t feeling all that well, and the 40-degree weather was not inviting, despite the afternoon sunshine. I imagine some of you who live far north of here might laugh at the idea of being kept indoors by temperatures in the 40’s, but you can’t take the southern out of the girl…
In any case, I bundled up in five layers– yes, FIVE– and tucked my camera into my pocket as an added incentive. Almost immediately, I was so happy I did not chicken out of the walk. It was splendid, exactly what I needed that afternoon. I took the photo above, along with many, many more, on the streets of our York neighborhood where I imagine that I and my camera have become familiar to most of the neighbors.
Perhaps Baldwin is not exaggerating when she says the autumnal splendor, along with other beauties of the countryside, are ordained for the healing of the soul. It certainly felt healing to me that day, as it almost always does.
It may be growing quite cold where you live (or perhaps getting uncomfortably warm, if you are south of the equator) but I hope that you will brave the weather for the balm of nature’s abundant gifts. Tuck a few memories away in your mind or your camera, and enjoy the vivid canvas of November before the colors are muted and dormant. I’ll have hot tea and scones for you when you return.