And breath! After a rushed weekend crammed full of gardening, laundry, cleaning, packing and cooking. I went on vacation almost exhausted before I got into the car for the drive. I had been looking for a cabin to stay in that had some atmosphere and not just a dull treeless campsite. I found Four Mounds in Dubuque, Ia during a long search for the right spot. The cabin had a view of the river and was isolated enough for peace and rest. Plus, some history behind the location that was started as a gentleman’s farm in 1908. I could almost feel the early 1900’s in the houses and the drive and the peace of the garden. It wasn’t hard for me to imagine the bustle of everyday living here next to the river.
The two older houses were used as bed and breakfasts. I could hear the echoes in the hall of the family that lived there. The wood around the door frames, windows and the wood floors reminded me of a time we don’t understand anymore. The head house keeper Anna who came from Ireland when she was 18 and staid the housekeeper for the next 40 years until she died. Apparently, she never married but carried out her life here. I could understand why standing in her room and seeing the view from her window. We walked the grounds and read the billboards describing the past. People, lives and living.
And then the cabin built for the granddaughter in the 1950’s. The chair that I spent quite a bit of time in reading and staring out the window watching the rain. Can you believe I felt guilty for doing nothing but reading. It took time to wind down from all the activity my life contains. Time to relax and time to forget that all activity isn’t productive for me and that rest has great value. Time to read and unplug as much as I could from the world around me. I did of course have my camera, but only took photos that represented something to me. I love to be in the trees and feel the cool under the shade of the leaves and limbs. I could hear the patter of rain and watch it drip from the leaves. I walked the path along the river and listened to the birds sing in the trees. And dreamed the dreams of the creative mind free of the clutter of technology and time.
The oak tree with its rugged bark and scars of time, still standing. A tree knows how to be a tree when it comes out of the seed. Humans are the only ones that seem to not understand their purpose. Nature has a way of bringing me back to the present and keeping me grounded. Realizing that doing nothing was actually something that was needed to regain focus. I spend a lot of my life trying to get back to nature. I don’t think I need to wonder why.