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I had never been around so much fresh water in my life until I moved to the U.S. I understand it is not such a big deal, but I am still amazed at the fact. I also realise that I probably sound like a broken record, with such mundane observations over masses of water, but water has always been extremely important to me. I grew up thinking of directions not in terms of north and south, but of “towards the sea” or “away from it” (which, in my hometown translates roughly to south and north respectively).

I have been fortunate enough to have lived in cities by the sea ever since. Perhaps not always as close or prominent, but I have always been aware of the sea’s presence. And I ‘ve always been able to hear the seagulls. There is something very special to lying in bed and hearing the seagulls in the early morning…

Cleveland is, of course, not by the sea. A big minus, in my opinion, but I don’t have to live there. Last time we visited my in-laws, L. and I went to Geneva on the Lake. The place is a typical old-style American summer resort, with small houses for rent, and a broad-walk style street full of tourist shops, greasy food and ample parking space for the hundreds of bikers that descended on it throughout the day.

I hate to admit that my fascination with places like that runs out rather quickly, as they have no childhood connotations for me to keep me entertained after the first sweep of reconnaissance. The lake, or more specifically the water, did stir something inside me, though, and I would say in all certainty that the best part of the day was having a drink by the water, which looked (but did not smell) like the sea, knowing that Canada must be somewhere out there at the other side.

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Last weekend we went swimming at a small pond nearby. Another of my “discoveries” of well-known places I had not known before.

Swimming in fresh water felt funny – much different to what I know, but still fun and refreshing despite the muddy bottom of the pond. I admit that stepping on the rather slimy ground wasn’t enjoyable, but since there was no fear of sea-urchins or other dangers lurking below, I didn’t mind it all that much.

I did enjoy how far you can go with one stroke, and most of all the fact that you can see trees above your head while you swim. That was a real treat! Some people were jumping from the top of that rock in the photo above, but that seemed to add extra work to the unfortunate grounds guard, who had to come and tell them it is not allowed. Lots of splashes and laughter was the overall verdict.

Swimming in a small pond still pales to swimming in the Mediterranean (tough competition, I know), but doing so for longer than the initial surprise would only take away from the experience itself in its own right. The truth is that I had fun, it was refreshing and relaxing, and I am certainly planning to do it again as soon as I get the chance!

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My posts are out of synch, as always (I blame the camera wires, but it really is due to busy work weeks). So, last weekend I was out of town again, enjoying the last summer weekend of the year. We walked around a lot, picked flowers, saw protective bulls (behind the safety of an electric fence!), and made a lovely, colorful dinner with organic veggies.

In knitting news, I finished a pair of socks for a friend (it took me almost half a year — why? no idea…) and started another one, this time for me.

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The most exciting news in the yarn-related world, however, is the wonderful discovery of 3 cabinets designed to hold yarn, in a flea market. Of course I don’t have enough yarn to fill all 3, but I am sure I can modify some of it to hold fabric. My yarn will have its own house, at last!

* We went hiking in the woods, up the hill and down again

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* We crossed a small river

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* We saw an angry-looking tree

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* We dipped our feet in the cool water of a pond

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* I saw a dramatic sunset

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* I took (more) pictures of food

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* I made pouches for small gifts

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