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September has been full of sifts to routines and spending six days a week in the store. I love the space, the atmosphere and the emotional high it gives me, but it is time to take a step back and catch up with other parts of life.  Today, Sunday, was not only my usual day off, it was the start of vacation.

Julia and I went out to breakfast at a little café in what passes for a strip-mall in the next town. It was full of folks who carried too much weight and not enough teeth. It’s the kind of place we walk in dressed in our boots and britches and no one is offended. The were eggs just right, toast with too much butter and great home-fried potatoes with lots of onions. My theory is the later in the morning you go out to breakfast, the better the home-fries since they have time to brown and crisp.

The barn was busier than I have seen it in weeks. Then again, I haven’t been there much lately. As the temperatures climbed, we headed out to the big field for a final bit of cross-country jumping, probably the last of the season. I rode Julia’s Thoroughbred then took up my camera to capture Amanda on my mare, Night and Julia on her horse – Boots. It was a perfect day for riding and shooting photos of girls and their ponies.


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The best shots came later when the crowd around the pear tree was kibitzing and sharing their riding adventures as the horses grazed loose on the lawn.

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After several hours of intense housework, (Julia and I attacked bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms and the living room) I sat to write. Alice was insistent  and I remembered I had promised a walk to the ledges on our newly cleared road. Every week brings different views; the changing leaves make each walk memorable.

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For the next few days I will take time to enjoy the fall. If I miss a day of writing, I hope you will forgive me and catch up with me when I return…



7 comments on “Vacation

  1. Touring NH says:

    Looks like Sunday was a “picture perfect” day for you! Love the shot of the horse kisses! Enjoy your time off, you deserve it!


    1. I’m so ready to have a few days to just clean and organize my life! Not to mention our planned ‘touring’!!


  2. We all deserve an occasional vacation and I hope you’ll have just the one you want to have.


  3. julieallyn says:

    Several smiles throughout as I read this! What a beautiful day all around! Loved your photos — so playful and fun. 🙂

    Oh. And loved the little breakfast tip. I like my hash-browns nice and crispy. Duly noted!


  4. mariekeates says:

    Enjoy your holiday. It looks like to began with a perfect day. I hope it continues that way.


    1. Thanks Marie, even the worst days off are always better than days that are not your own to choose how to spend your time, right?

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  5. It sounds like the perfect way to launch your well-deserved vacation. Enjoy! 🙂 ~Terri


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