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*this* John W. Hays’ take on things and experiences

Inviting Portals

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When it comes to forest bathing, we have a wide variety of enticing portals inviting one to dip a toe…

It’s enough to make a person want to dive right in to breathe the immunizing forest air.

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Can you feel yourself inhaling deep at the sight?

We also have portals leading to open and airy trails along the borders of our fields.

Stepping through this last opening brings you to the entrance to our Rowcliffe Forest Garden Labyrinth, a large 11-circuit Chartes labyrinth. It lies just out of sight to the right of the opening, which I think makes this portal the most enticing of all.

Plus, the labyrinth is tucked up against the edge of our main forest, so walking the circuitous path provides an added side-benefit of breathing the health emanating from the trees.

Our paradise beckons with irresistible enticements. Sometimes, I have to pinch myself to figure out I’m not dreaming.

This morning, the trees are silent in the calm, moist summer air. Out our open windows and doors I hear the mesmerizing music of the pond waterfall, singing birds, and chirping insects. Most importantly, that is all I hear. There is no sound of traffic. No planes, trains, or automobiles.

Mornings like this are priceless.

It’s not that we are immune to the sounds of mechanization. We do experience the occasional passing of small planes. Warm weekends might offer up the roar of a passing train of motorcycles buzzing along County N toward the El Paso Bar and Grill. The neighboring fields get plowed, planted, and harvested by large farm tractors as the season dictates.

Finally, if it’s not the neighbors, it’s our own doing to be shattering the bucolic ambiance with the droning whine of small gas engines with a trimmer, chainsaw, or lawn mower.

It’s a necessary evil of creating and maintaining the inviting portals that grace our little nook in the beautiful countryside of western Wisconsin.

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  1. Such an amazing place, really a paradise. So beautiful words, I am so happy I will be there soon. You and Cyndie are wonderful and amazing, I am so lucky and blessed to have you as friends and family!

    C´Ubuntu

    August 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm

  2. Ah! John!! And full speed ahead into this incredibly beautiful wonderland!! Thanks for sharing…and your words are just perfect. Sweet blessings ❤

    lorriebowden

    August 7, 2017 at 9:39 am

  3. It is one of the more beautiful and peaceful places I have seen. Your writing brings it to life and makes me want to be there to enjoy the smells, sights, and quietness of the surroundings. Lovely photo shots as well as the descriptions of what it looks like.

    Marie

    Marie Friswold

    August 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    • Thank you so much! The only thing missing is a lake. Imagine if we had a lake down by the labyrinth. Luckily, you thought to create an equally beautiful and peaceful paradise at Wildwood. It’s been a priceless inspiration for me!

      johnwhays

      August 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm


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