“I shall soon be rested,” said Fanny; “to sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.” (Mansfield Park, chapter 9)Finally! Spring has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m reminded why I live here. When the sun comes out, it’s glorious. We have wonderful parks, waterways, and green spaces, so even city-dwellers can enjoy the outdoors. Saying that reminds me of a passage in my third novel, First of Second Chances, which is set right here in the Seattle area:
She’d gotten a fresh look at Mt. Rainier from the plane, and then, as they’d made a wide turn for the approach to Sea-Tac airport, the woodsy islands crowding the south sound. Seattle was a big city. Yet, whenever she wanted, a short drive or ferry ride would soon transport her far from the urban sprawl. Even within town, parks, lakes, and pockets of tall fir and cedar trees provided a tangible thread of connection to the natural world.
I’m lucky in that I don’t even have to leave home to find that connection. If it’s a fine day, I can sit and look upon verdure anytime I want. You see, the photo above is the view from my back deck. Ahhhh. Perfect refreshment!