Slow down!

What’s the rush? Tell that to autumn, what with fall racing in here on the west coast. The transition from summer to fall seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. I like the fall, but goodness me, the waves and banks of leaves along trail edges seemed to gather very quickly.

A rush!

We’ve had very heavy rain, and some exciting thunder, rolling in on wave after wave of storm fronts. No gentle transition into a mellow season. To balance that out, we’re lucky enough – if the forecast is correct – to be in for a few days of soft sunshine and late summer warmth after the current bout of rainstorms subside.

Slow down, 2020! A little calm would be very welcome – a lot of calm would be even more welcome – a chance to steady the ship in these tumultuous times.

A lot of calm…

The photos included this week are all shots from this past September, and apart from the rushing tide, are a reminder it’s good to slow down, find some quiet, and adopt a steadier pace. Perhaps the tide picture is a reminder to myself that some things happen irrespective of what I might think or feel, and I’ll have to accept it. (But if you’re eligible to do so, please vote in November to rid the world – politically speaking – of the orange hued would be tyrant. Oops! Calm, OldPlaidCamper, calm…)

A steadier pace

Calm! That’s exactly what we plan for the weekend ahead, rain or shine. A stroll past the Ukee Brewery takeout window will be on the cards – a friend mentioned they’ve a couple of new autumnal offerings, and it would be wrong not to do the necessary research.

“A stroll past the brewery? Let’s go!”

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a calm weekend!

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8 thoughts on “Slow down!”

  1. Truly wonderful photos of the sea, pc, and a lovely post. Your autumn in the north is coming quickly while our heat in Calif. is returning this weekend. Have a great time this weekend doing all that important research. Cheers to you, my friend, and the new world that awaits us after Nov. 3.


  2. Yes, things are going fast. I came home from dog-sitting for just under a week and the trees in front of my home changed colour. I viewed an apartment and have to give an answer by Monday-ahem, no pressure. That is fast. Seeing Scout reminded me of a dog whom we knick-named ” the nose”. Looking forward to a weekend in nature-have a good one!


    1. Jane, I hope things aren’t going too fast, and the apartment situation works out the way you’d like. Moving home is quite an upheaval.
      Is dog sitting like an enjoyable short vacation? I guess it depends on the dog!


  3. Man, we could have used some of your coastal rain out here in the Northeast. We’ve had sunny, beautiful, calm conditions for quite a while, but alas, so dry. We need rain to perk up the otherwise beautiful conditions. Till that happens, I will heed your advice– take it easy, watch for brewery changes, and hope like hell that a big change in early November. Thank you for another fine post!


    1. Thanks, Walt! I’m hoping, hoping, hoping that early November offers a reason to raise a glass in blessed relief, and that we’re not drowning sorrows…
      Fingers crossed for some fall rains out your way.


  4. That’s a fabulous photo of Scout and she looks ready for the first autumn Ukee Brewery Growler!!! One should never skimp on necessary research. Love the waves and foggy scenery and hope you were able to enjoy another burst of summer this weekend. We were lucky to have what appears to be our last perfect summer weekend before a weather change. The first debate this week and 37 days until the election might require several growlers of hard cider to remain calm (probably a healthier idea to just paddle around the lake every hour). I don’t know what’s going on, but it still doesn’t feel like late September to me, but then everything is bizarre this year since Everton’s still at the top of the table and winning!!


    1. Yup, I think we can agree on the importance of research! As November 3 approaches, I’ll be doing more and more research, and then hoping it’s a celebration not commiserations…
      The first debate? Biden sits back and lets the man child have his tantrums? Simply stay above the fray, don’t descend to his level and that’ll do. A pretty low bar, and all rather dismal, but you can’t engage in a debate with a toddler.
      The only thing that isn’t strange or off key this year is Everton being top of the table. Finally the universe is getting something right?!
      Stay calm!

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