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Celebrating Strength in an Italian Mountain Meadow

“In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there.  
To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe.
I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels.”

I love the serenity of a beautiful garden, especially a wild one planted by birds and nurtured by the sky.

I love a crumbling stone wall overgrown with ivy and moss, like this lovely one by the side of a mountain road in Southern Italy.

“It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark
so that all its shy presences may haunt you
and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.”
James Douglas

As I mentioned last time, I’m not doing so well these days, but lots of rest has built up my strength and today I got to take a little walk through an Aussie garden.

It was completely different from these photos of Italian ruins and wildflowers, but still a wonderful place to amble slowly through the grass, breathing deeply of sun-warmed blossoms and freshly-watered earth.

Wildflowers are my favorite – scarlet poppies, cheery daisies, even bright yellow dandelions. They look so carefree  sprinkled throughout a meadow, swaying in the wind.

And is there anything better than a garden with a ramshackle stone cottage begging to be fixed up and used for a garden shed or a splendid little hideaway?

Where is your favorite place to go for a quiet walk?

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Krista - I’m so glad you like it, Joanne!! Green is so soothing. 🙂

Krista - A walk always makes me feel better too, dear Cathy. 🙂

Krista - I hear that, Andrea!! I’m making a conscious effort to get out more and you’re right, it feels amazing. 🙂

Krista - You, your ipod and the world sounds absolutely perfect, Velva. 🙂

Krista - Walking, talking, dreaming, those sound so wonderful, Jamie. 🙂 I hope I get to visit those vineyards one day. 🙂

Krista - I’m in Australia, Valerie! 🙂 Can you ever be too focused on the food in Italy?! 🙂

Krista - I love that street too, dear Marie. 🙂 I’m so glad you have such a gorgeous spot to stroll.

Krista - Thank you, T! I really like them too. 🙂

Krista - I can’t wait to visit you in Marta one day, Linda. 🙂

Krista - I’ve only driven through Colorado, Christina, but it was SO beautiful!!! I can imagine you would love it. 🙂

Christina Fields - This wildflower meadow looks so peaceful. My favorite place to take a walk is in the mountains of Colorado, during the summer, of course. 🙂

LindyLouMacinItaly - Somewhere very similar. 🙂

Ulysses S. Rant - Cool quotes, K.

Marie - My favorite walk these days is down that beautiful tree lined street in Lynden. There are houses from every era on that street and those old trees probably have lovely tails to tell.

A Canadian Foodie - Stunning! Krista – where are you now? With these gorgeous photos, I never know… I am also reminiscing about last year’s Italian Holiday – but focused FAR too much on the food. XOXO V

Velva-Tomatoes on the Vine - Glad you are building up your strength. A walk through nature has a way of helping to calm the soul and the body.
My favorite place to walk…is my neighborhood. Street-lined houses and trees. Just me and my iPod and the world is a good place.

Here is to feeling better.


Jamie - Oh I hope you are feeling well, both mentally and physically. We go through rough patches often and have spent hours and hours walking through the vineyards outside of Nantes – it is where we breath, clear our heads and talk…and dream and it really is the best medicine, I think. This Italian landscape would do the trick, too. Gorgeous as your photos always are. xo

Andrea and John - I’m the same as Cathy – have spent way too much of this year sitting on my behind in front of a computer. Started walking for fitness again this week and man do I feel SO much better just getting out. We have some great hills and natural areas around our house.

Cathy - I don’t have a current favourite place Krista. I just need to remember to make the effort to get out there and walk and then I feel better.

Joanne (eats well with others) - Now that we’re starting to enter the season of eternal grey here, all this green is making me so happy!

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