Fishhawk Lake-The Last Breath of Summer

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Fishhawk Lake-The Last Breath of Summer

The early morning sunlight is coming up later and later...the skies get filmy and dark before 8 o'clock, the air is no longer silky on the skin at night, but more like a coolness that calls for a thin shirt to blanket the shoulders. These are all testaments of time that shorten the season of summer. 

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The laughter of children's voices on the lake is no longer constant. Birds get quieter and go find cover sooner. Some find that quiet times inside become more frequent. 

Ahhhh....the last breath of summer is upon us. It gives us a chance to reflect. Summer often brings family times, events that are to be noted years later. 

Travel. Time out from busy lives. 


To others, it is only late days of doing endless work til the sun finally slips over the horizon and those work days come to an end until that same sun crests over the horizon to bring hours upon hours of sweat and toil. 

At Fishhawk Lake, summer represents many days of getting back to the simple things in life. Taking long walks,

sitting on a porch or dock  and catching up on conversations with loved ones about busy lives.


Chairs on a dock at Fishhawk Lake-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014


Dipping toes in water with small children, maybe for the first time and hearing the giddy sounds of childish laughter as a new experience takes place.

Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyright 2012

Reading that book that someone has set aside for those long hours of relaxation on a lake in the country. 

Many experiences large and small happen during summer months--some that can last a lifetime in memories that need to be recaptured to retain that sense of youthfulness. pass onto children as a reminder that true LIFE can be found in involving yourself in nature, in a single moment found on a walk down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. The first sight of a dappled fawn quietly raising its head to take you in. You may be their  first human experience, too! 

Fawn at Fishhawk Lake-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

As summer fades, it gives one a chance to remember the delights of sun-soaked days, of the true joys of vacation, but it also gives one a chance to take time out from the harriness of a fast life and simply stop  for a moment and breathe. 



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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Love your descriptiveness Gayle, especially the "air no longer silky on the skin"-so right and so poetic.  And your photos are yet again beautiful.

Aug 29, 2014 03:45 AM #6
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Gayle - Beautiful prose to match those wondeful photos - you live in a very special place and it's obvious you appreciate its uniqueness.

Aug 29, 2014 03:50 AM #7
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Good afternoon Gayle ... a beautiful reflection on the many wonderful days of summer and the memories.  Love this post!

Aug 29, 2014 03:54 AM #8
Whitney Watson
First Heritage Mortgage - Henrico, VA

Gayle-Beautifully written and so accurately described. I love Fall so all of those things you mentioned get my mind set on the wonderful Fall activities to come :)

Aug 29, 2014 04:07 AM #9
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

I'd like to retire like this- so close to nature, solemn and relaxing. Thanks for sharing Gayle.

Aug 29, 2014 04:18 AM #10
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Can't wait to come up to visit!  Remember, I want to take my buddy up there mid-Sept.  You available?  Fall should be getting in to gear . . . 

Aug 29, 2014 04:24 AM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Gayle, beautiful description of the last drops of summer. We actually had some mist here this morning, still a bit cloudy, but a nice break from the recent heat. Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and get to enjoy all of that natural beauty that surrounds you. 

Aug 29, 2014 05:36 AM #12
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Well done Gayle! Great sentiments of summer. You have a wonderful writing style. It's very musical with a rich sense of harmony and orchestration. Great photos too! When's the book coming out? :O) The Last Breath of Summer would make an fabulous title!

Aug 29, 2014 05:49 AM #13
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Alexandra, I could tell with the cooler mornings in August that we will have an early winter. I don't pay attention to weather forecasts around here, but more to what I feel and last fall I was correct--right up there with the Farmer's Almanac. 

Roy, thank you for the re-blog! I just noticed that. 

Joanna, some of these writings just start out and I go with them..this was one that I did off the top-of-my-head earlier this week....thank you for your comments as I value your opinion!

Dick, I love this place so much!!!!! Gee, as if I have to say that...thanks for coming to visit. 

Judith, how nice to see you...and I am really glad that this one touched you.

Whitney, you have the right attitude for bringing on the next season. I love the smells of fall as well as the colors (ha--they look good on me!)

Patty, I just showed property a half hour ago to a couple who are retired and seriously considering this place...she loved how quiet and serene it is. 

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner  I would love that! Let me get in touch with you regarding when I'm's going to be often in September.

Debb, we had just enough of that ourselves here for my hair to go "Chia Pet" on me! Hope you get some family time and had fun with your latest client recently. Pat Mac for me!

Rene`,  still too early for a book, though I occasionally play with that idea. I had one commentor think that I should write a mystery. She had a title, too, but she wanted me to throw in Greasy Spoon Road as part of it. I am more comfortable with a memoir or nonfiction. I will have to remember your words of encouragement when the time comes!





Aug 29, 2014 06:37 AM #14
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Gayle ....That's one of your best photos of the summer ...The lake is a great place to spend and end the summer!

Have a great weekend!

Aug 29, 2014 06:51 AM #15
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Rob, I would LOVE to take credit for that 1st picture, but it's not mine....and yet, you ARE right, this IS a great place to spend the end (or any other time) of summer!

Aug 29, 2014 12:06 PM #16
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Just one great post.  I don't understand why this one is not featured. 

Aug 29, 2014 08:24 PM #17
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Gayle. We will spend lots of time on the water in our kayaks, love this time of year. Your photos are very special thank you for sharing them.

Make it a great weekend!

Aug 29, 2014 08:44 PM #18
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Gayle,

Okay..I'm sold!! Your photos are so wonderful and your sentiments are equally verbalized! Enjoy your week-end and Happy Labor Day early:).

Aug 29, 2014 11:39 PM #19
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

James, why, thank you! 

Joe, for those of us who love being on the water, nothing beats it. Especially when you appreciate no motors. Have a good one!

Dorie, thank you, sweet lady! Showing property tomorrow, but for today, a bit of a respite. Hope yours is relaxing!

Aug 30, 2014 03:15 AM #20
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Gayle. You write with such passion and enthusiam, I enjoy your posts so very much. I think you could make a sandwich interesting. I particularly like your fawn seeing us for the first time. Have a wonderful weekend.

Aug 30, 2014 03:49 AM #21
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sheila Anderson  you really made me laugh hysterically! What a great compliment!

Aug 30, 2014 06:20 AM #22
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Gayle.  When you mentioned doing a post of the approaching fall I was awaiting it like a promised Stephen King novel.  You did not dissappoint.  Very eloquent and enjoyable. Mark

Aug 30, 2014 04:32 PM #23
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Gayle - wth the early arrival of fall colours in our area  summer is definetly comming to an end

Aug 30, 2014 09:20 PM #24
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm so glad Roy shared this with a reblog.....It's beautiful....both verbally and visually!  The pictures are breathtaking and your words have painted such a vivid picture that I feel as though I'm there with you!  

This should be featured!

Sep 01, 2014 07:28 AM #25
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