πŸŒ„Delight

Ever since I was old enough to safely explore beyond the boundaries of the yard, I have delighted in the way vetch vines create micro-jungles along the forest floor, the way flowers bloom and fade in a seasonal procession of colour, the way sunbeams and breezes use tree branches as props in their shadow plays.

The delight has only increased over the years.

I cycle up and down prairie roads and delight in the brilliance of canola in full flower and in the undulating waves of grain. Rich shades of green lie heavy across the landscape, anchoring everything to the soil, to summer.

I hike a mountain trail where rogue rivulets from recent rains and ongoing snow melt flow down-over-around-under rocks and roots. Airy forests give way to dense shrubs, boggy meadows, and, finally, to steep slopes carpeted with lichens and stubby alpine flowers, their impossible presence a hardy welcome in these regions that border barren rock and scree. Snow still clings to the leeward edges of jagged ridges and peaks. The wind is cold. Drizzling rain turns to ice, but it is not enough to pelt away giddy delight in the views that extend in all directions.

Expansive. Majestic. Breath-arresting.

Sometimes being outdoors fills my heart so full of delight it aches.

Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2

🌿 Cycling: An Interior Monologue (with emojis)

At the beginning

What a lovely sunny day β˜€οΈ!

a bit chilly πŸ₯Ά!

wear layers and mittens 🧣🧦πŸ§₯🧀!

up big hill β›° to start – piece of 🍰! (πŸ€₯)

wish the trees were green 🌳!

hello πŸ¦† and πŸ¦… (no hawk emoji)

and πŸ‚ and 🐎!!

πŸ‘‹ at hubby leap-frogging along in the truck πŸ₯°!!

down big hill 🀩!

BRIDGE ‼️

and ⬆️ up ⬆️ again 😩

that hill was definitely longer πŸ₯΄

and steeper (πŸ€₯)

Part way through

ditch the fleece layer and mittens πŸ₯΅

πŸ₯Ά never mind- keep the 🧀

cross wind you are annoying and cold πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨

ru-u-u-u-u-u-u-m-m-m-b-b-b-l-l-e strip

πŸ›‘ stop looking in the ditches

up little hill #5063 ⚠️

pool noodle, banana peel, rusty hammer, orange, apple core, blah, blah, yada, yada

hydro pole #96, Road #261, Stuckey Rd.

funny name 🀣 (okay, not that funny)πŸ˜‚

legs are a tad bit tired😧

need a bum break, snack break 🍫water break 🌊

there’s hubby waiting for me πŸ₯°πŸ₯°!!

Near the end

😬 what’s with all these puny little hills that take forever to get up??

β˜οΈπŸ’¨β˜οΈπŸ’¨ what’s with the cloud and the crosswind??

πŸ₯€πŸ₯€πŸ”πŸŸπŸ—œπŸ”¨πŸ“ΊπŸ§Ί what’s with sooooo much garbage in the ditches???

πŸ•‘πŸ•’πŸ•“πŸ•”why do the final kilometres take soooo long?????

Five minutes after the ride

what an awesome ride!!!!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜˜πŸ₯³

I love my bike!!!!β€οΈπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ