Ice Capades

Frozen Kent Falls in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Frozen Kent Falls (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

I remember colder winters, when snow was deeper and seemed to last longer.  And our lakes and streams froze over for months, allowing us to skate for hours at a time-day after day.  My mother would pack up a thermos of hot cocoa and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and off I would go until dinner time.  Sometimes sleigh riding down neighboring hills with friends, but more often exploring the nearby rivers, streams and ponds; gliding around enjoying the scenery, totally taking advantage of the frozen world.  It was an adventure to explore these otherwise inaccessible spots, stopping midstream to inspect a beaver chewed branch, looking through transparent spots in the ice hoping to see a fish, doing swirls and twirls pretending to be Dorothy Hamill. [Read more…]

Water Falls

Water flowing down cliff in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Water flowing down cliff (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

When we think of water, we might think of a warm, luxurious bath or refreshing swim.  We may remember kayaking peacefully (or in my case, not so peacefully) down a river, allowing the current to carry us gently along. We admire the way bodies of water glisten in the sun or mirror the changing foliage, often taking pleasure in simply gazing at reflections from the shore.  We are relaxed by the sounds of water softly lapping upon a sandy beach or swiftly tumbling over moss covered boulders in a nearby brook.  What we sometimes forget during those soothing moments of ebb and flow is just how powerful water can be given the time or circumstance. [Read more…]

Take a Hike

Appalachian Trail Sign in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Appalachian Trail Sign (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

You will find something more in woods than in books.  Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.” ~St. Bernard [Read more…]