Through the woods to the mall

We walked through Houghton Place which used to be called The Hamlet to get to Webster Woods. At the trail head, I asked, “Which way do you want to go?”

K responded, “Where do you want to go?”

I pointed decisively to the left.

That’s how it goes sometimes.

We threaded through the trees and came upon a man sitting by the pond making the most wonderful melodies.

Climbing up a berm, the empty mall came into view, giving off a spooky vibe. We think the tent and storage units go with Covid19 testing.

It appears that this poor creature was killed mid-meal.

Then we saw a tree offering up an example of extraordinary adaptability.

It’s been a quiet day. I didn’t have enough energy to apply to any of my projects but did make five more masks. That makes 78. So far, the number of masks-made is staying ahead of the number of days At Home (68).

We’re watching Longmire. Again. This is the equivalent of my mother-in-law watching old Gunsmoke episodes. There’s drama but I’ve seen it before and can rest in it somehow. I really like the characters, too.

What shows do you watch for rest?

I could really use a new season of The Great British Baking Show.

26 thoughts on “Through the woods to the mall

  1. Jen NyBlom

    the image of the bird, after the empty mall/covid tent seemed disturbingly prophetic…loved the adaptable tree! We like “Longmire”! Recently acquired the first 3 novels to read….

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    1. deemallon Post author

      I’ve never gone to the books after watching something in the screen. I wonder how that will be?

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  2. grace

    love the image of the tree and stone steps…looks like a huge tree foot…the heel

    thank you for this image

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  3. Joanne

    We got Netflix just to watch longmire and I have read all the books also and recommend them to you. We watch bbc America and the animal series with David Attenborough narrating very calming but would LOVE a season of British baking.

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  4. Marti

    While I found the “foot” tree astounding, my eyes were riveted on the stones and stone steps so synchronous with the reading I’ve been doing this weekend, a re-read of Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun, all about the restoration of the 300 yr old home that she bought, Bramasole located in Cortona, Italy. Did some internet checking on her, she still blogs, still spends part of her year in Italy and she will be 80 yrs old. She was the Creative Writing Dept Chair at San Francisco State College and both of my girls took her classes…small world. She and her husband Ed still sell olive oil made from their trees. The recipes scattered throughout the book so took me back to my Mom’s Spanish cooking, similar ways of preparing simple good food.

    In terms of comfort TV, I watch very little, mainly PBS but one of my most favorite ends tonight, Call the Midwife. Still come June, Grantchester returns so I have that to look forward to.

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    1. deemallon Post author

      Wow that really is a small world! You remind me that last Easter I was served a simple and beautiful brunch in an olive grove just outside of Assisi. I WILL go back.

      I’m not surprised that Spanish and Italian cuisines have a lot in common. There are significant differences, too, right? Spain received the influence of N Africa, after all.

      I’m glad she survived the epidemic.

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    2. deemallon Post author

      Wow that really is a small world! You remind me that last Easter I was served a simple and beautiful brunch in an olive grove just outside of Assisi. I WILL go back. I’m not surprised that Spanish and Italian cuisines have a lot in common. There are significant differences, too, right? Spain received the influence of N Africa, after all. I’m glad she survived the epidemic.

      I’m not sold on the new vicar in Grantchester yet, but I’d watch for all the other characters anyway. I can’t wait!

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  5. Michelle Slater

    What a stunningly beautiful walk. Haunting images and brilliant noticing. Comfort shows – Yes “Call the Midwife” and “Grandchester” and sometimes “Father Brown’ and ‘To the Manor Born’, but I should also admit to reviewing ‘Frazier’ and ‘Will and Grace’ for the gazillionth time in the middle of night here when I can’t sleep.

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    1. deemallon Post author

      Will and Grace! A long time favorite! I thought the recent resurrection of the series was good. Surprised it died such a quick death.

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  6. Liz A

    I didn’t “get” the video until you provided the still shot of the musician … fascinating

    and how trees overcome rock … rock-paper-scissors comes to mind … tree wins over all

    if I never watched TV again I think I would be better than fine

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    1. deemallon Post author

      It occurred to me that the video would seem simply to have a sound track. I can’t tell you how amazing it was to come upon that music and that musician.

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    2. deemallon Post author

      Ugh. WordPress is tossing every other reply I make. Why?!!!! Where do they go? Anyway, it occurred to me that on video his music would seem merely like a soundtrack and not this amazing and unexpected gift.

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  7. Deborah Lacativa

    I’ve been researching rock walls (again), looking at Google earth images, trying to estimate the man-hours going into certain ones. That tree overcoming those stone steps was arresting. I wish I had a “way” to walk, productive in that there’s an actual destination. There’s nothing like that in the ‘burbs.

    TV? When I want something in the background, some company in the next room, I cycle between The Sopranos, Westwing, and Mindhunters.– I know. Any classic b&w movie from the 40s used to do, but now I find myself becoming absorbed in them, fascinated and distracted.

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    1. deemallon Post author

      Our neighborhood, tho dense and noisy, offers surprisingly nice places to walk. Rock work, we are discovering, is really expensive.

      Wow Westwing would be worth a rewatch. Believe it or not (this is a confession): I’ve never watched sopranos. Didn’t have cable until 2016.

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  8. Saskia van Herwaarden

    I do admire that tree
    lovely walk to your mall
    we started watching ‘White Lines’ on Netflix, our first session during quarantine! it’s set on mainly Ibiza, both funny and serious, with enough twists and turns to keep us entertained

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  9. Patty M

    Yes, New British Baking show episodes! Also going thru and lightening my possessions. Not worn or used it in a year? It’s gone to a thrift store.

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