missing the lighthouses already

5.14.23 ~ New London Ledge Light
half a mile from Avery Point

One last walk at Avery Point…

Race Rock Light, eight miles away
from Avery Point
“Azucar” by Christopher Wynter
(Tim’s favorite sculpture)
common eider
New London Ledge Light
from the ledge in front of Branford House
in the garden on the ledge in front of Branford House
Avery Point Light
from the ledge in front of Branford House
two copper beeches on the Avery Point campus
one of the Cross Sound ferries
from New London, Connecticut to Orient Point, Long Island, New York
copper beech, gifts of healing energy for me
beautiful copper beech leaves
allium in the Cognitive Garden at Avery Point
lighthouse mosaic in the garden walkway

This brick path sculpture walk by the sea at Avery Point has been our go-to walk for many, many years. So close to home and so beautiful through all the seasons. It was the first place we walked after Tim’s heart attack and triple by-pass surgery. A place for healing and contemplation, especially to listen to the buoy bells and watch the sky when a storm was approaching. So many memories and changes through the years.

19 thoughts on “missing the lighthouses already”

  1. The cooler beech trees are absolutely beautiful, Barbara. Are they a reddish purple? The bark is so interesting.

    The sculpture certainly reflects Tim’s sense of humor. I’m glad you caught that moment.

    And the iconic lighthouse. What can I say… it truly will be missed!

    Is this your last week before the move?

    1. We leave in 10 days. Reddish purple is a good way to describe the copper beach leaves, although they change a little with the light. They do look like matte copper at times. I love the bark and touching the trees, they have a certain kind of energy that resonates with me. I think I have pictures of that sculpture Tim loves from different angles and in different seasons…

    1. Thank you, Leelah. It’s been 15 years since Tim nearly lost his life. He’s on lots of medication and so far it’s keeping him alive. I hope your husband has had a new chance at living, too.

  2. Beautiful photos, but I understand your wistfulness. Moving forward can be difficult, but perhaps will provide you with new beautiful photos?

    1. Thank you, Ally. My heart is pulling me back and forth in two different directions. New beautiful photos? I’m counting on it! 🙂

  3. I, too, am going to miss these beautiful walks of yours, Barbara! Saying ‘good-bye’ is never easy, but you’ll treasure these memories forever. And I can’t help but look forward to the beautiful scenery you’ll find at your next stop!

    1. Thank you, Debbie, it’s nice to know you’ll be looking forward to the new photo adventures from down south! Change is an inevitable part of life and for the most part, I am embracing it with open arms, even as I am aware of what will be dearly missed.

    1. Thank you, Donna!!! We’ve been seeing common eiders more often around here lately. I’m excited about what new birds I will find in North Carolina, along with some of the same ones we have up here.

  4. These are beautiful memories you are making Barbara – kind of capping off all your favorite spots and memories, especially this one as it was your first go-to place after Tim’s heart attack and surgery. I know you must be frantic to get everything packed/organized and finalized before the June 1st departure date. You can breathe a big sigh of relief when you head out the door to new beginnings. These purple flowers are so perky and colorful – are they all allium? The lighthouse is beautiful as well.

    1. I’m glad we’re getting a few walking breaks from all the chaos of packing. The boxes have crowded out my yoga spot so I’m missing that now. The POD is coming today and we have movers coming to load it with the heavy furniture and boxes for us. Then we can take our time filling it with the lighter stuff for a few days. Larisa arriving Monday and cleaners coming on Tuesday. Time is flying! Yes, the purple flowers at the end are alliums, not sure what the ones on the ledge are.

      1. I’m glad you’re getting a respite from the packing – you will need it, plus getting a chance to say “goodbye” to your favorite haunts. Suddenly it is all happening with Larisa’s arrival tomorrow to set this move in motion and you can breathe a sigh of relief. [Sorry I was so late responding to your comments … all this yardwork and worn out and in bed earlier than usual – thank goodness I’m taking tomorrow for myself!]

        1. No need to apologize! We can only stretch ourselves so thin. 😉 I’m glad you’re getting your yardwork done and it’s a good kind of tired that one gets from doing it. Larisa is here and things are rolling along faster and faster now.

          1. I’m still feeling the effects of all that bending from the first day out and slept like a rock. I may walk, but I am NOT limber and that is the problem for me. You know I bought that yoga tape you suggested – have I used it? Sigh. I was wondering how long it would take to wrap things up before you head out for good.

          2. Enjoying my last cup of tea here this morning… Yoga can work wonders with flexibility, I’ve been missing it surrounded by the packing boxes taking up the space I need to do it. Now that the boxes are gone the DVD player is packed away, so no yoga for me for a while yet. 🙁 But I hope you get to try out your DVD soon! 😉

          3. Taking one last look around while sipping tea can be sad for sure. It wasn’t bad enough I ordered the DVD you recommended the very same day and haven’t tried it, but I ordered some flash cards of exercises to make me limber and increase flexibility to learn before I began working out in the yard … nope, didn’t study them either. I am hopeless but will learn!

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