View from the porch

Posted: August 30, 2021 in Travel
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In the second week, the smoke cleared, allowing us the usual views with the usual clarity. Although riding is for me one of the main draws, I also love the mountains and time to relax without house chores hanging over my head. Let’s face it. When you’re at home, if you take time off, you almost always could be doing something more “worthwhile.” But when I’m at the cabin, even though there are things to do, there’s still plenty of time to sit on the porch, reading, sipping tea, thinking, a/o just relaxing and looking. “Just looking” is well worth it, as you can see.

My husband had a red metal Coleman cooler before we met that’s still going strong. You’ve heard of some men being called “babe magnets?” That cooler is a hummingbird magnet, also functioning perfectly as the perfect place to set my mug of tea (although it’s impossible to grab a photo when a hummingbird is 8″ from your nose, something that’s happened to me more than once! It’s quite a noisy and cool experience.

Reminder to self: don’t forget to take the Nikon with telephoto outside and set it on the cooler table because you never know what sort of animals or birds might come into view. Out here, these little guys are cute; in my garden, when I had one in the Midwest, they fell into the category of pest! It’s hilarious to see them racing around the front “yard” on these logs that serve as basic fences to keep the horses out or to see several of the small squirrels in this area chasing each other at lightning speed on the same logs while chittering loudly.

Late every afternoon the horses are taken out to pasture to spend the night and if it’s Thursday, their day off, the entire day. But at some point they’re let out in and around the cabins. Eventually they tend to drift toward the area in front of our cabin. It can also be disconcerting during the night to wake to horse noise right on the other side of your cabin wall!

  1. You had me at the horses. 🙂

  2. rugby843 says:

    She beautiful and please just relax! I’m so jealous😁

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  3. Toonsarah says:

    What a beautiful spot in which to relax, with a wonderful view!

  4. Just taking a moment to breath and take in such beautiful scenes IS worthwhile. I wish I could do that more often.

  5. JT Twissel says:

    Watch out for those hummingbirds! They can be feisty!

  6. de Wets Wild says:

    I bet it is really hard to swop the porch – and that view – for the indoors when it’s that time of day…

    • True but on vacation “that time of day” doesn’t come nearly as often as at home. 😉. There’s a lot of time to sit there unless I feel like riding or hiking.

  7. lolaWi says:

    what a lovely place to relax, Janet. all the photos are great esp the horses 🙂

  8. Sounds a wonderful place to be. I know the feeling about worthwhile jobs but then having the space to just be and look. The hummingbirds sound amazing.

    • The hummingbirds are quite something but the males are very territorial. Sometimes one will drive the other one away. But it’s amazing when one comes right in front of my face and looks at me, making all that noise with its wings!

  9. Horses, hummers, chipmunks, and tea on the porch sound wonderful! The images are great. I love the chipmunk one and the horses.

  10. Hammad Rais says:

    Relaxing with views like these!
    What more to ask for 🙂

  11. Resa says:

    Thank goodness the smoke cleared! Beautiful!

  12. Lovely! We had a chipmunk climb on top of our hanging bird feeder yesterday! 🌞

    • When we lived in Ohio, we had a protracted war with squirrels getting onto the bird feeder. Finally we got a baffle and even then, the squirrels would every so often try again, just in case! I was always amused when people suggested putting a corn cob out on a sharp spindle for the squirrels. They’d eat the corn and then go back to the bird seed. 🙂