Morning walks are always exciting, especially with Dolly, my seven month old Spaniel. The mist was rising and the birds were trilling in song... Dolly looked up, way up high, to see where all the twittering sounds were coming from. She cocked her ears from side to side and wondered about those strange creatures overhead... then frollicked after a butterfly..run, run, run.... Oh, it's a puppies life in the country.... Isn't it !!!!
I would imagine that the path hadn't changed that much since the Grand Lady was built over one hundred years ago . I pondered, how many people may have journeyed this same woodland path, by foot, together or by stage coach. The carriage gutters could still be seen through the thickets, where the wooden wheels had worn away the earth, grooving and carving their mark for history.
The brooks were bubbling and gurgling, where we stopped for puppy to lap up some of the spring water ... then suddenly ( SPLASH) ... Dolly, proudly, jumped into the muddy ponds to chase the dizzy little water bugs. I laughed at her curiosity and playfulness ."Good Girl Dolly"...( Pat Pat)
What a lovely autumn day !!!! I say autumn, because the morning mists were still rising from the cool dampness of the night air . At the same time, the leaves seemed to be doning a new array of colors ." It's too soon for FALL", I sighed .
Don't you marvel at the humble beauty of nature? I suddenly realized that, Dolly and I , were surrounded by blooming daylilies,.You know... the wild daylilies, that glow and open in full cup, to drink the warm sunlight. The blossoms stretched far beyond the corners of my driveway, deep, deep into the woods, where ( SHHHH) the fairies live... At least that's what I like to think!!!!
In Victorian language, the tiger lily represents wealth and pride. In German folklore, the soul is supposed to take the form of a flower such as the lily. AH ... the romantic sentiments of days gone by !!!
It's much more fun to fall into the imaginative powers of nature than reality, especially on such a lovely day ....As I remember, in Lewis Caroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it was this old fashioned tiger lily that lured Alice into the looking-glass garden. Oh my goodness, we all know what happened to ALICE. I wonder if Dolly and I might see a White Rabbit on our way home....OOPS !!!!
Too late ... We're already under natures' spell.... The teaparty has begun and the guests have arrived. Would you like to join us !!!!