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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Wayfarers All


". . . It seemed that the ranks thinned steadily day by day. Rat, ever observant of all winged movement, saw that it was taking daily a southing tendency; and even as he lay in bed at night he thought he could make out, passing in the darkness overhead, the beat and quiver of impatient pinions, obedient to the peremptory call.


Nature's Grand Hotel has its Season, like the others. As the guests one by one pack, pay, and depart, and the seats at the table d'hote shrink pitifully at each, succeeding meal;


as suites of rooms are closed, carpets taken up, and waiters sent away; those boarders who are staying on, en pension, until the next year's full reopening, cannot help being somewhat affected by all these flittings and farewells,



this eager discussion of plans, routes, and fresh quarters, this daily shrinkage in the stream of comradeship.



One gets unsettled, depressed, and inclined to be querulous. Why this craving for change? Why not stay on quietly here, like us, and be jolly?



You don't know this hotel out of the season, and what fun we have amongst ourselves, we fellows who remain and see the whole interesting year out.




All very true, no doubt the others always reply; we quite envy you--and some other year perhaps--but just now we have engagements--and there's the bus at the door--our time is up!




So they depart, with a smile and a nod, and we miss them, and feel resentful. The Rat was a self-sufficing sort of animal, rooted to the land, and, whoever went, he stayed; still, he could not help noticing what was in the air, and feeling some of its influence in his bones."

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, Wayfarers All chapter.



Hope you're enjoying your ending/beginning of the Season Holiday!
Thanks for stopping by! Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline
I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays

14 comments:

Carolyn said...

I had another lovely visit again today.
I love the photo with the birds nest.

Carolyn

A Vintage Chic said...

That was perfectly beautiful...lovely photos and one of my favorite stories...thank-you.

Julie

Kathysue said...

So lovely such wonderful words and images to go with the words. Kathysue Happy Long weekend to YOU!

James said...

What a wonderfully delightful quote, thank you so much.

Kay said...

Such beautiful photos! Your vignettes are always so perfect and you make a shelf look just so perfectly put together! I really love the last one--of the room. Loved the lighting and everything about it. That's a new picture under "visit my shop", too, isn't it? Lovely, also.
Kay

The Tablescaper said...

Such glorious photos and thought provoking words. I've been dreading the change of season and those steps onto the bus, but move on we must.

I'd love to have you join us at Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

Maggie B said...

I just popped over to your beautiful blog from the Tablescaper, and was instantly captivated not only by the stunning photography but also the excerpt from The Wind in the Willows.
It was a favourite book of mine, when I was a lot younger than I am now, but is still a classic, (just like me)!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

It's always beautiful to come and visit you! Happy Labor Day weekend:@)

Sue said...

Lovely vignettes, photos, and prose, too. It is so nice to see the adobe walls as a background to all of your shabby chic and cottage decor. Are you on the Rio Grande side of Abq.? My brother lived on that side and had some property- such a difference from the small parcels up towards Tramway and the mountain side of town. :-) I would still love to move back that way. sigh...

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Such beauty you command. Both in words and photos. Your blog is like a magazine and I turn a page every day...
Brenda

The Mele's said...

Truly so lovely!

Kathleen said...

Lovely! Not time to change seasons yet here. A few more glorious weeks of summer at the beach!

lulumusing said...

Hi Jacqueline, I love this post, its nostalgia as well as its looking forward to another time. The images are perfect.

The Tablescaper said...

I love your post even more the second time I see it.Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

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