A quiet secluded life in the country,
with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good,
and who are not accustomed to have it done to them;
then work which one hopes may be of some use;
then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor -
such is my idea of happiness.
~ Leo Tolstoy
Walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers.
They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it?
~ Matthew 6:28-29 (Message)
Live in each season as it passes;
breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit,
and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.
~ Henry David Thoreau
“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Blessed be your glorious name, exalted above all blessing and praise!
You’re the one, God, you alone.
You made the heavens, the heavens of heavens, and all angels.
The earth and everything on it, the seas and everything in them.
You keep them all alive; heaven’s angels worship you!
~ Nehemiah 9:6 (Message)
Hannah, my friend from church, and I had a wonderful time at Rondo Retreat Centre. The meals were scrumptious and the grounds are beautifully landscaped. By day, we watched the Black and White Colobus monkeys and listened to the throaty screams of the Blue Monkeys. We also spotted the nesting African Crowned Eagle. By evening, we relaxed in front of a lovely fire.
We spent lots of time in Kakamega Rainforest, including a 6.5-hour hike and another one at sunrise the following morning. Job was our patient and informative guide. Once inside the dense vegetation, we were surrounded by hundreds of butterflies, the songs of numerous birds, the beautiful variations of green, the towering African Mahogany and the march of thousands of Safari Ants.
God's out-of-doors is absolutely thrilling! Have you enjoyed it lately?
* All photos except for two were taken by Hannah
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Click here to see the posts about my first visit to Rondo in February 2011.