Mom and Nieve, alert and enjoying the view from the top of a hill at sunset
May's warm, bright evenings make for perfect post-dinner family walks. Behind our house a dirt trail leads to a hill that overlooks the San Francisco Bay. The sinking sun throws long shadows and dusts up a warm breeze; it's the time of day when Nieve and Ronan love most to get out and stretch their legs.
I like Mom's smile and Nievesque pig tails in this photo so I included it in this post
Ronan's now quite fast when we go for walks; he runs ahead to explore whatever may be awaiting around the next bend. I'm usually walking at a constant, brisk pace just to keep up with him.
Nieve will always stop and pick a purple flower when we let her. She now knows that iceplant is fair game for picking.
Nieve moves at a far slower pace, stopping to smell (pick) flowers and take the time to keenly observe whatever catches her eye. She loves trying to keep up with Ronan but inevitably something closer commands her attention and she takes a fun detour.
I love this photo as it exemplifies Mom and Nieve's personalities
On this evening last week the weather was perfect. We had started off our walk in the usual manner, but when Ronan and I started back towards home we found Mom and Nieve sitting atop the hill that overlooks the bay. The two of them were sharing the view (and a piece of gum), enjoying the last of the evening light. They also were watching a nearby Great Blue Heron which Ronan promptly, though unintentionally chased off.
Was that a kiss? No...
I'm looking forward to a summer full of after dinner walks, as there is no better way to close our a warm day with the family.
...it was Nieve stealing Mom's gum, and Nieve was clearly delighted about it