Glints and gleams and sparkles, rustle and swirl, chatter and bubble…

When Mole came upon the river in The Wind in the Willows, he was…

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“…bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

 

 

I know how Mole felt because everyday when I look out on my river I, myself, stare in awe at her beauty, amazed by all the stories she has told me over the years and all the secrets she has yet to reveal.

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My river is by far the most beautiful of all rivers and the only place to hang my hat at the end of the day.

There are times, though, when she does challenge me, such as these past weeks when she seems intent on filling my basement. Thank Goddess for my sturdy sump pump which has been working its little heart out keeping the flood waters at bay. The rabbits are glad. You see, I built an indoor pen for them which, hopefully, will remain dry. Come on, sump pump, don’t fail me now!

My neighbor’s yard is missing, flooded over by the river. Thanksgiving Day I was treated to an amazing sight–a juvenile Great Blue Heron stopped by to rest for a bit during his migration south.

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The ducks didn’t seem to mind having him around. And, just so you know, they’re not in the river, they’re in my neighbor’s yard which happens to have the river in it too!

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Since I’m on the subject of ducks, (Aw, come on, you knew I was going to mention my ducks.) the size of my flock has grown from the dozen I had about a month ago. Did I type grown? I meant to type EXPLODED!

It’s like having my own mini-caravan arriving at my border. Don’t tell Trump, but I’m letting them in without checking their visas.

Besides the influx of ducks and water, not much else is happening in my little corner of the world and I’m perfectly fine with it staying that way. Peaceful nights listening to the Great Horned Owl calling outside my bedroom window and days filled with the joy of just being. Or as Ratty said, “Beyond the Wild Wood comes the Wide World,” said the Rat. “And that’s something that doesn’t matter, either to you or me. I’ve never been there, and I’m never going, nor you either, if you’ve got any sense at all.”

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Dusk on my river.

 

I couldn’t agree more.

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Blessed be :}

Quotes are taken from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

 

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The Roots of Halloween

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First and foremost… Or as those of us who are pagan say, Blessed Samhain. You might not know Halloween has ancient roots deep within 2000-year-old Celtic lore. Samhain (pronounced sow-en with a short-sounding ‘e’) is the Celtic New Year and … Continue reading

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Fine, don’t say goodbye, see if I care!

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Did I miss a memo or email? One day I’m feeding a hungry horde of ducks… …and the next day, none! Not a soul. Hurricane Florence blew through and took my ducks with her, I think. I fed my flock … Continue reading

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Farewell Umbrella Skies

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The summer wind has blown past and the umbrella skies of cobalt blue, the emerald flashes of the hummingbirds, and the bright yellow blossoms of the sunflowers are no more. Autumn winds will now blow through my corner of the … Continue reading

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The End is Near

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It’s been a perilous journey… Continue reading

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Summertime

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Summertime and the living sure was easy. Continue reading

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Divisiveness

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The democrats and republicans have nothing on the animals living on, and in, the Concord River in Massachusetts. Continue reading

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Sometimes the tiniest things…

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…have the biggest impacts on our lives in ways we never see coming. My neighbor came by the other day with a box in hand. He wanted to know if I would try and help the baby duck he’d found. … Continue reading

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Henry James said it best,

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“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Welcome Summer 2018. You’ve been missed. Spring was grand but nothing speaks of the joys of childhood better than you, my … Continue reading

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Hours blend into days;

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With each passing day, time slips away like water through our fingers. Continue reading

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