Backyard Thoreau


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Week 7

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." - Herny D. Thoreau

November 10, 2000

Weather: 8C - Light Rain - Some Wind


All that nice weather I've had seems to have taken a short break as it has been drizzling on and off all day today. Still, it is nice to get outside and down to the lakeshore.

At first it seems that not much has changed. But thinking back, it has only been a few weeks since the trees were full of green leaves. Since then they have been every shade of red and gold and are now they are bare, their leaves a brown shadow on the ground.

It is much the same with the ducks. At first, there were few. Then, there was a sudden loud influx. The gathering of the flocks preparing for their flight south. Now, again, there are few. Soon, there will be none.

But once they are gone, new things arrive. I look forward to the coming of the snows. If only because snow is less wet upon the face than drizzle. With the snow comes the cold temperatures that make you yearn for a spot by a warm fire. But the fire never felt so good as after a brisk winter's walk.

The grey and the rain are dismal. There is not even the comfort in knowing the rain will bring flowers, since it will be many rains and many snows before the next flowers rise from the earth. Everything seems to have retreated in preparation for the coming cold. With ruddy cheeks, I too retreat to the warmth of my home and perhaps a cup of tea.