Some small stuff

We’re not sweating it! It’s not warm enough at the moment…

It’s spring break for schools here, and with stay local and nonessential travel advisories in place, we’re not taking any time off. It’s a chance to catch up on less enthralling admin aspects, and aim for shorter work days and longer hikes.

Another rain shower heading this way!

The weather has been spring like from time to time, without breaking out and committing to a full on farewell to winter. We’ve had frosty mornings, rainy mornings, one or two misty mornings, and no more snow at sea level.

The rainy days have been the warmest, and Scout and I trotted out between showers one morning, expertly timing the gap in showers to get a good soaking at the farthest point of our walk. We sheltered under a tree overlooking our favourite sunny day spot, dreaming of drier days and walks to come…

Our favourite sunny day spot

Scout amused herself by chewing on a stick and then posing for a portrait, and I amused myself by taking her picture and then trying to snap a drop before it dripped. Or was it a drip before it dropped? Yup, the big stuff keeps me occupied. The photographs used here are some of the better drips – and I think Scout is happy enough with her photograph.

Me? Have my picture taken? Oh, go on then!

Small stuff to enjoy against what appears to be a slowly improving bigger picture, vaccination wise. I think we’ve forgotten what normal used to be – maybe it wasn’t always that great – and perhaps we’ll move forward to a normal where we will try to remember the small stuff is the big stuff.

Small stuff, up close

It’s still very tough times for many, and no doubt there are still challenging days ahead. We appreciate we are fortunate to be living where we are through these locked down and restricted days, and, for the most part, haven’t felt too restricted given our remote(ish) location. The novelty of Zoom and such like wore off after the first ten minutes, and introverted as I might be, I’m looking forward to seeing friends and families in person at some point later this year. Must be the hints of spring encouraging this sense of optimism. That and my sunny, outgoing extrovert side finding a voice. Hush, now, strange inner voice.

Drips and/or drops – big stuff

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

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plaidcamper

I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

13 thoughts on “Some small stuff”

  1. I like the abstraction of the first drop of water and Scout is looking quite thoughtful. Also, the water is a pretty colour in that first picture. I phoned the government as the information is just a tad confusing, and was told I can book an appointment next week, but also want to scout pharmacies close to home.

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  2. Wonderful ponderings about the small stuff and the big stuff, pc, and you had me chuckling, as always. (“Or was it a drip before it dropped? Yup, the big stuff keeps me occupied.”) I also enjoyed the photos a lot, espec. “Our favourite sunny day spot” for the hopefulness it instills; and “Small stuff, up close” which I found absolutely magnificent. Always a joy to be here, pc, thank you.

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    1. Thanks, Jet! Always happy if we can raise a chuckle or two, and always a joy to “see” you each time you visit!
      I was surprised the needle and drip photo turned out as well as it did. Very fresh and green – I like to pick a needle and crush it to release the aroma. When the first spruce tips emerge, I’ll chew on one, just because. Tell no one…

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  3. Love the gorgeous shot of Scout and had to laugh at that strange inner extrovert voice that I think many of us introverts have heard over the last year! I’m hoping that by fall I’ll recognize the new normal, but right now that inner extrovert really, really wishes it could go on an Irish
    pub crawl this week!! Enjoyed the photos and thoughts and hope you enjoy the Guinness this week!

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    1. Thank you! All the voices these days…haha! I say listen to them, particularly if they’re encouraging just one more pint of the black stuff. And yes, to be on a Dublin pub crawl would be a fine thing. Sláinte!

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