Monday, June 13, 2011

wildflowers and walking

I know I've told you that most of our property in the Catskills is wooded ( here and here) and shady. But we do have a few sunny spots and the wildflowers were abundant last weekend.

I take a walk every morning before I go to the store, and every evening when I return. Nature is so restorative. Thoreau wrote a marvelous essay called Walking in 1862. I wrote a little bit about Thoreau here and quoted from Walking. Rather than repeat the same quote, here's a different passage (a bit lengthy, but worth it):

"I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least---and it is customarily more than that---sauntering through the woods ...When sometimes I am reminded that the mechanics and shopkeepers stay in their shops not only all the forenoon, but all the afternoon too, siting with crossed legs, so many of them---as if legs were made to sit upon, and not to stand or walk upon,---I think that they deserve some credit for not having all committed suicide long ago."

And how do you like this little pink chest? I put it in the store storage closet and filled the drawers with tacks, nails, picture hangers, etc. So much nicer than the plastic cups I was using.


  1. Wow, your property is so beautiful! And I love that little pink chest!!

  2. Hello Jen:
    We cannot imagine for one moment, even when at work in your store, that you are 'sitting with crossed legs' throughout the afternoons!

    The glimpses of the countryside which you show are absolutely lovely. Woods, flowers, a stream - such a joyous combination. But how you make that long journey to and from each week is, to us, amazing.

    Yes, the pink chest is pretty and purposeful!

  3. wowow thank you for sharing the writings of Thoreau. I need to listen to him..and walk more..sit less..and get out in to nature much more now