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Monday, July 12, 2010

Pond worship and other Sunday things

Yesterday we worshipped in the Temple of Nature. Right here.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

And if this little cove was our temple, then this was the altar.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

It’s been extremely hot here this past week with no rain, temperatures in the 90’s and the heat index up to 107! Saturday morning the heat wave finally broke and we got over 2 inches of much needed rain.

We vowed to each other that when we woke on Sunday morning we would feed the dogs and cats, throw on some clothes, toss the canoe on top of the truck and head out to Green Turtle pond again. We were on the pond by 7:30 a.m., which is pretty good for us.

The morning mist was still hovering near the surface of the water, leaving an almost monochromatic look to the scene.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

But soon the sun burned off the mist and we were left with beautiful blue sky and still waters.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

And look who was back again: Mr. Great Blue Heron. Same bird (probably). Same rock. Only this time I had my zoom lens.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

A morning perfect for paddling as no breeze had yet started. We’ve figured out that the breeze starts around 8:15 and it usually catches us paddling back up the opposite side of the pond. We timed this trip just right.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

My muscles were still a bit sore from last week, but it still felt good. I can’t tell you how peaceful it is out there in the early morning. Birdsong floats down through the trees and bullfrogs croak from the reeds.

I liked the colors and reflection of this fisherman.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

After our paddle around the pond we came home, took showers, and headed off in Mia to the market in Warwick. Goat cheese (for our lunch), bread, and blueberries were on our list.

Lunch was a new recipe of Planked Figs: fresh halved figs dipped in Calvados and ground pepper, left to marinate for about 20 minutes, then wrapped in pancetta and topped with fresh goat cheese and a little fried pancetta and cooked on a cedar plank on the grill.  After cooking they were drizzled with wildflower honey. Delicious!

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Eaten poolside, of course.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

The rest of the day was spent in and around the pool. All in all, another lovely Sunday.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey



Oh my goodness - everything looks wonderful…the water….the food….wow.

Maggie, I assume the drooling was over the figs ...

Debra, it was!

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