I spent a good part of the holiday working in the yard and garden and as I age up I take a break more often. Taking these short breaks has been a gift. As I look around during these moments I see more deeply into my garden than when I was younger and moving quickly from task to task. I don't have profound thoughts--just the simple pleasure of taking in the wonders of Mother Nature. I give thanks for slowing down.
The fall blooming camellias are just breathtaking this year. The mild weather and light frost has been perfect for them to hold their blooms. Last year my Yuletide Camellia had just a few blooms but it is covered this year. These were blooming this afternoon.