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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Soaking up the Outdoors

Monday, Helena and I and our young friend Jaret (who has been hanging with us this last week and a half while his mom starts a new job at Cornell) ventured into the Lindsey Parsons Biodiversity Preserve.

We have driven by this sweet preserve hundreds of times on our way to Ithaca. Yesterday we finally had an adventure there.

I was tired and frazzled..we've been house hunting, which has consumed a lot of our weekend down time. This was just what the doctor ordered.

When we returned home, we were mellow, played with play dough, and finished the day with a tea party (which, sadly, is no longer referred to by Helena as a Tea Tea Party). More of this in my life is a definite must.
Tea Party, complete with Play Dough Cookies

Helena's Favorite Tree

Golden Rod...hearlds the coming of Autumn




Checking the Map


Flowers by the bridge


Black Eyed Susan


Beaver Pond
(no sign of beavers today though)





























































































Fall is definitely in the air. Summer, which barely made it to upstate, has quickly fled. The temperatures have dropped, the light feels different, fallish, if you will. The mosquitoes are down, which is lovely. I feel a certain urgency to soak up as much outdoor time as possible.