I had nothing to do last night. Well, that's not exactly the truth. I had lots I could have done, tons of I should have done. It's more like I had nothing specifically planned for an incredibly gorgeous evening. It seems that hasn't happened this entire season. I was feeling kind of lost.
Brian was gone; I had seen three quarters of my kids and all of my grandchildren during the day; it was Friday night so my friends would all be busy with their own lives; I was on my own. I was not about to start working on something and I sure was not going to sit in the house.
By the time I determined that I was free to do absolutely anything that I wanted, there was only an hour left before darkness. If I would have figured that out earlier, I would have driven up to the lake just for the fun of it. I've been sticking real close to home for the past week, while we await the arrival of our babe. I don't intend to miss out this time.
It was too late also to go for a long walk. Well, really it wasn't - that just wasn't speaking to me as it's not that special, I do it all the time. It was certainly getting too late to jump on the bicycle and peddle the five miles around the block.
Our little Spitfire was sitting there with the roof down, so I thought the two of us should get out and enjoy the weather together. Summer is dying and I'm not ready to let it go. Already, the air is cooler, the evening sun has a deeper golden tint, the leaves are drying and there is a subtle fragrance that says that we'd better savour these last few minutes while we can.
I grabbed my camera. I was thinking - if I were in Ireland or Newfoundland, and saw the landscapes that I see around here on a daily basis, I would be pulling over constantly. I really need to take more time and make more opportunity to capture the ordinary in my own backyard. I don't do that enough.
So that's what I did last night. I just drove around, enjoying our rural landscape; enjoying the peace and beauty of my own neighbourhood. Soaking it all in. I captured a few shots on our road and captured an extra few minutes of a perfectly gorgeous, late summer evening.