Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Glorious days, wonderful friends...



I got back from a long weekend in northern Wisconsin last night, and just had to share some of my photos with you. Every fall, a food writer/photographer friend and I leave our husbands at home and head for Wisconsin to see our mutual friend, inspirational author Lyn Cote, and her family. Lyn and her husband are the best hosts...and their home on a lake is so lovely. What a glorious place it is this time of year--with endless numbers of beautiful lakes reflecting trees just starting to blaze with fall color, and no perfume could rival the crisp scent of pine in the air. This year we had lots of drizzly rain, but the dampness just seemed to make the colors more vivid. it was so gorgeous!

But as breath-taking as all of that is, sharing a weekend with writer friends is always the best part of all. By day we take jaunts all over the area, or go out on their boat with Lyn's husband at the wheel. The evenings are a bit like a pajama party, as we sit and brainstorm plots, talk about writing, and simply enjoy the fellowship of fellow writers. And Lyn is one of the best--I can't think of a person who is more generous with her time, more thoughtful, or more willing to help. She is a blessing in my life!

Life is so busy, with careers, and family, and all of the many commitments in our lives...but how about you--are you ever able to get away for a weekend retreat with your friends, fellow writers or readers, or other groups for camaraderie? Or even for just an afternoon? I hope so! If so, have you found it helpful? What kinds of benefits did you reap? And what sorts of things do you do to make it a more valuable time for renewal?



Wishing you a wonderful fall season,
Roxanne Rustand
Visit the "All Creatures Great and Small Place"
http://roxannerustand.blogspot.com

10 comments:

Terri Reed said...

awesome photos. I love fall!

Karen said...

great pics, this is my favorite time of year!

Leann said...

what a joy to spend your time with writer friends and enjoying Autumn. Thanks for sharing.

Abi said...

I love the fall colors. I love color in general. Thanks.

EllenToo said...

I love the colorful pictures especially since we don't have much color change here in southern Texas. I usually try to visit with friends a couple of times a year for a day or two but it's not really a retreat because we just sit around talking and eating.

Edna said...

beautifil pictures, some are coming off the trees here is SC, been raining here for the past 3 days.


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RoxanneRustand said...

Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by, here! I just wish I could've posted another dozen photos. What a glorious weekend it was!

Dana Mentink said...

Faboo pictures! Makes me want to brew up some hot cocoa!

Lyn Cote said...

I did serve Roxanne hot cocoa but it was sugar free!
I loved every moment of Roxanne's visit. She is my long lost sister!
Hugs,
Lyn

Anonymous said...

Those pictures are beautiful! When you live in southern Arizona, you miss all the Fall slendor! I miss that from other areas I've lived. Enjoy your Fall for me!
Val - westernaz@msn.com