The Terrace - Scene & Story September 2017

Imagine an outside terrace on a balmy September day.
Sitting in the shade of some plane trees
with the sun peeking through the tiny spaces between the leaves.
Can you feel the warmth on your skin?

There's a soft unobtrusive murmur of voices from other tables.
They do not perturb the peaceful atmosphere as the tables are well spaced.

You look up to see how a natural shady canopy has been formed
by the branches of the trees and how the sun illuminates the leaves,
creating moving patterns in an almost imperceptible breeze.

You lower your eyes where a glass of wine has been poured as you await your meal.
See how the sheen on the glass creates a soft background of colour.
There are impressionist-like soft smudges of green and orange
created by oleander bushes and geraniums

The back of a wicker chair enters into your line of vision
and you notice little dapples of light which escape through the spaces on the weave.

Just close your eyes for a few moments.
Slow down your breathing.
Feel any little signs of stress just melt away
letting the scene and ambiance envelope you through your mind's eye.
Doesn't that feel good?

This is what it's like to sit on an outside terrace by the lake
on a sunny September day.

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26 comments

  1. Beautiful. I found myself smiling and exhaling.

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! I'm so pleased that it made you feel good!

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  2. It feels like I am back on vacation this spring. We had moments like that then. The hard part is trying to get them into a weekly experience.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the moments on this outside terrace, Sarah!

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  3. Great story about decelerating. Just breath and be in the moment!

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    1. Thank you Marjan. I was also happy to find some lovely cherry tree leaves for my new header today.

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  4. This is so relaxing. Yes, I can feel it, and I would love to sit there right now, sipping some wine while waiting for my meal. Ahhh....

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    1. Thank you, Carola. These are the lovely moments to remember when winter is breathing its icy breath outside!

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  5. I felt like I was there as I read this lovely post. I could feel my shoulders relax as I breathed more deeply. I needed that this morning...thank you!

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    1. So glad this made you take a relaxing pause, Lee. I remember the lovely ambiance perfectly when I look at this scene!

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  6. Such beautiful serenity, Sandra.
    Nicely written.
    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Always nice to have you visit. Blogging seems to be going out of fashion for so many people and I miss all my old blogging pals!

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  7. Such a lovely photo, and I could really imagine myself in the spot that you were describing.

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    1. Thank you, Jeanne. There are so many lovely memories that can be stirred through a simple photograph.

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  8. What bliss! Your words are magical.

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    1. Thanks so much, Fi. Remembering some lovely moments in September!

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  9. Your words create such a beautiful, peaceful place. After I finished reading your words, I let out a long sign and just relaxed! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. It was such a lovely relaxing moment sitting outside on a shady terrace. We have to grab all the wonderful moments as they appear as October moves forward!

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  10. perfect....
    i hope we have some more days that support sitting outside for a meal. It has been chilly.

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    1. Thank you, Tammie. It's getting cooler here too, especially at night and early mornings!

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  11. Hi Sandra! You make even a glass of wine come to life! Wish I was enjoying the view on that lake sitting beside you! Hope you are having a great weekend!
    Xo Anna

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  12. Thanks so much! That outside terrace was just gorgeous and the meal very tasty also! A nice calm weekend with lovely sunshine and not too hot! I hope your weekend is great too!

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  13. I wish I could jump into your picture! It sounds like an absolutely wonderful afternoon. :)

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    1. Thanks for your visit, Michelle! Yes, it was a gorgeous day altogether and lots of walking by the lake too! I wan to jump into pictures quite often too!!

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  14. Sign me up! :)

    A lovely, lovely post, Sandra.

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    1. Thanks, Sue! So nice to see you pop in!

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