Washington Hawthorn ( Crataegus phaenopyrum )

Washington Hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum)

In me has revived a stronger and more vital interest and love for the life that lies about me...
my real loves, my real affections are reviving.
— N. C. Wyeth, 1910

Things felt off last month. April ended rather, for lack of a better word, prickly.

By month’s end I sought only to remain within the boundaries of my cozy house and garden. I vowed May would be different; I would find a solution for my anxiety.

On May Day Benjamin and I went walking…and the following day we went foraging for mushrooms with my parents. Now, every day and every evening…

I spend time outside in my backyard.

We made the choice to take a break from reading/watching world news. We’ve been watching and discussing Band of Brothers with Benjamin. Michael is reading about the life of Monet. I am reading about the timber industry in Pennsylvania…and re-reading Walden. Our loves: History. Art. Nature.

And every night…we fall asleep to the sound of a toad trilling at our pond. ♥

Jessica Allen explores the fields and forests of Pennsylvania with her artist-husband, Michael Allen, and their son, Benjamin. She shares her observations through words and pictures of everyday magic and beauty she sees in her world.