Wayzata, Minnesota

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Where Edges Meet with Good Fences

"We're always attracted to the edges of what we are,
out by the edges where it's a little raw and nervy."
E. L. Doctorow

Neighborhood stray cat from Alabama.

(Got my camera too late, the stray had moved away from the window to venture out by the pool. She's a bit of a hunter out here.)
With good reason it seems.

Makes Lyra's kitty really anxious to come out and play.

"The action most worth watching 
is not at the center of things,
but where edges meet."
Anne Fadiman

Out beyond the fence that surrounds the pool-

Sure there's a bit of open play area but then on the edge of that
is a place where snakes and mighty enormous spiders like to roam.
Oh my! The edge is always out there,

Soon you'll see-
Out beyond the chain link fencing is a creek and beyond that

Be careful where you walk though, just in case. 
I kid you not about spiders and snakes, really, seriously.


And then along came this

Ah finally, we've reached the chain link fence and the creek.

This is a lovely view of 
 a place where a neighbor's horses run carefree!

You'd think I would have caught them running about at least once. 
But no, I never did.

This last photo was taken this week in Dover, England by my daughter (my trip to Alabama was so my daughter and her hubby could tour England again and I cared for Lyra)
and Sparkle, and stray cats and snakes and such!
Just kidding on the snakes!

I remember when I was in Dover how beautiful it was to look out over the water with the White Cliffs of Dover along this side and way out yonder, the English Channel.  Please send me a photo of that!  So she did, and it's even one with a fence! How cool right?!

"Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is."
Mary Anne Radmacher


Cloudia said...

Such an excellent post, Karen! So great. And the last quote made me cry. I am stealing it of COURSE :)

Love You

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely post and photos ~ love the cats and unique fences ~ thanks!

Wishing you a special weekend ~ ^_^

Breathtaking said...

Hello Karen!:) Love your beyond the edges shots, and quotes. That's a one scary looking spider Karen. I think it's great that you house sit your daughters pets, and like the photo she sent you and it's a great addition to Good Fences, also brings back happy memories of our stay in Dover.

Anonymous said...

Remember the song, "I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes"? Those photos made me think of that. Snakes do not concern me. Spiders? Oh, heck, NO WAY. That is a really scary one! What was it? Why was it after that leaf?! Yikes.

Thanks for the adventure. I always love visiting with you. Hugs.

Jeanie said...

Love any kitty with orange -- and the leaf/bug is terrific!

Small City Scenes said...

I like the edges saying. I always say we like to live on the edge without going over. scary sometimes. great images and Waldo wasn't wearing his striped shirt that day. LOL

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

very cool spider

RedPat said...

Scary creatures out on that edge!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

This looks like a lovely area - but yikes - that is one big spider!!!! (Shudder)

Karen @ away for the weekend said...
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Elephant's Child said...

Spiders are fine.
Snakes? Not so much.

Gail said...

Amazing photos! You did good.

Regarding the first quote: I tend to like the edges.

Christine said...

I'm so scared for you! I'm petrified of snakes and that's one formidable spider!
I like seeing the fences especially from Dover!

TexWisGirl said...

awesome spidey and pretty snake! love the yard and woodsy look, critters and all.

Felicia said...

eeeeekkkkk, i don't like spiders and snakes.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Blimey you had me shivering in my boots at the thought of what was beyond 'the edge' Karen, and then there were both extremely ughy spider AND snake.. it's too early, not Halloween yet 😀 Happy weekend!

Debbie said...

i like the pretty natural places, beyond the edges!!! not the spider so much, that's a really creepy spider!!!

Ruth Kelly said...

Your edge is more exciting than mine. Mine is rather dull. The most I've seen here is a tiny lizard that my cat brought to my back porch.

krishna said...

An excellent post.. though I was little scare about the snake..

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ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great spider and snake pics, Karen.

As you know, I like them more than some other people.


kaykuala said...

So much to see in ordinary things like fences if only one opens one's mind to them.Very much so Karen!


Ida said...

Poor kitty wandering around outside but worse yet for the one inside wanting out to get the one outside. (We have that happen a lot here).
Wonderful scenes beyond the fence and wow that is a huge and creepy looking spider. Not to mention the scary snake. - Nice fence shot from your daughter too. Enjoyed your post very much.

Grace said...

Love your photos and also that last quote ~ Thanks for your visit and wishing you happy week ~