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"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)


Sunday, 16 August 2009

responsibility and spontaneity

today was one of those days, when my spirit wanted to fling off responsibility and jump on the back of the bike and ride like the wind.. the day was a brilliant early spring day.. but duty and responsibility called in the form of a very neglected verandah. Neglected throughout winter for no other reason than it was too cold to venture out to even sweep. With the whisper of spring in the air, the every now and then breeze with a tiny sliver of warmth tucked between the folds, I decided to make ready my summer time nook.

stones gathered at the beach, last summer
the place I escape to on those hot days where I can do nothing else but languish in the heat.. the place where I recline on the old settee, the same old settee that becomes home to spiders in winter.

The place where I sit and sip mint tea with lavender flowers, the place where I dream & travel to exotic places in the world. The place where, if I closed my eyes for just a minute, I am whisked to a tropical location where I am fanned gently with large palm fronds.
the day continued just as it started.. warm, what they call perfect riding weather. It all got the better of me in the end. . .

the bike beckoned...

lucky the biker babe in me was assertive and pushed me to take advantage of this weather, reminding me that tomorrow it could rain
the weather was just too nice to pass up a quick ride...

and lunch with dutch husband
then, to finish off a most perfect day, we sat together in the car at Echo Point, eating pizza while a spectacular light show courtesy of Mother Nature took place in the valley below.
(dutch husband surprised me today with a gift from his heart...in a few days I will show & tell)
** the term 'dutch husband' was adopted from an idea by Corey of Tongue in Cheek. She calls her husband 'French husband'. I liked the idea so much, that I took it on as well..

18 comments:

Tori said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! I'm glad you enjoyed a nice bike ride. You can be both responsible and spontaneous in the same day. =)

Holly said...

And, these are the rare days when once anger is set aside and you own your true soul again...have fought hard for it and won it back...

....these are the days that remind you how much your bravery has gained you and those you love.

What a glory to share it with us.

Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

I'm so happy you enjoyed your day!!

laoi gaul~williams said...

lovely, a perfect day just for you and dutch husband :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Carpe diem, biker babe!

Grammy said...

That sounds like so much fun. I can hardly wait to see or hear your surprise.

amelia said...

It's a good thing to take advantage of the opportunities that are given to us. The verandah will still be there another day to clean.
In the words of Freddie Mercury,
'Get on your bikes and ride!!!'

Pam said...

You go girl! Sweeping the verandah can wait. Love those little rocks by the door - pity I'd posted before I spied them, would have asked permission to nab them from your post and linked you.Have a great week ahead Robyn and keep warm!

Jo said...

Glad you enjoyed your day :-)

Rose said...

It sounds and looks lovely! Glad you had a great time...

Imogen said...

When you said "the bike" I imagined a peddle-bike like mine - so, nothing of the kind but a fine machine such as my father would have loved!
I loved the metaphor about the slivers of warmth - nice one.
Here we are sloping towards the first shades of autumn. Beautiful many-patterned circle of the seasons!

Fire Byrd said...

Ah yes preparing the space for the next season.... lovely and brings with it hope for the coming time.
Although I hope the coming time will be somewhere else for me....
love
xx

A bird in the hand said...

Verandahs can wait, the call from spirit can't. Lovely!

Mel said...

Yup, I was thinking pedal bike too!!

You never cease to amaze me....a biker babe, indeed!

Lovely day....

Tinker said...

Glad you had such a lovely day!

Billie Jane said...

You have reminded me that if spring is in the air for you... then autumn is just around the corner for me... :-( I know every season has it's joys... but I don't feel ready to part with my summer yet... great bike by the way... English Husband would be very jealous - if I let him see it!

Lisa said...

Yay! I'm glad biker babe talked some sense into you.:)

Sorrow said...

The wonder of it is Miss Robyn is that you are both, always, a very loving and responsible spontaneous and wild women!!!