Drinking in the surroundings

I snapped this photo just behind our townhome in our Alexandria neighborhood, November 2011.

I snapped this photo just behind our townhome in Alexandria, November 2011.

“I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow.”
Wendy Delsol

I had never heard of Wendy Delsol until I came across this quote, but she described exactly what I was doing the day I took this photo.  I’ve written a lot about our York home and our beloved little patch of woods there, but our Alexandria townhome also has a lovely view from the back deck, or the patio below it, of the woods you see in this picture.

With surroundings like these, along with unlimited digital recorded books from my local library to keep me company, how could I NOT love to walk?  Some of the best things in life really are free. It’s often hard to carve out the time to put in my two or three daily miles, but I’ve learned to make it a priority.  I hope this photo may inspire you to do the same, even if your walks are much shorter.  You might not have fall foliage where you are, but you surely have something else beautiful, interesting or stimulating to enjoy.  Go out and drink in the surroundings — and then come back and tell us about it here!

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Susan

    Yes, it’s a beautiful time of year to be walking here — with more yet to come since we still have a lot of green in the trees!

    • I was just out in the yard working and actually had to come inside for a break because I was getting too hot! I hope we have many weeks before it turns too cold to enjoy being out.

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