Have I mentioned how much I love working outside? I’m sure I must have. All winter long I try to be as patient as I can, waiting for spring when I can finally get back outside with a manuscript or other project to work on. And this year, it seemed to take forever for spring to truly present itself. Even now, the wind is blowing when the sun is shining. But I’m making the best of it, and getting out to work on things when possible. After all, there are benefits to working outside.
These photos were taken at Littlefield Garden at the University of Maine, Orono. It is a beautiful area. After walking the bike paths out behind the university, I like to walk through the gardens snapping photographs before settling down for lunch and work.
As you can see in the first photo, I was getting ready to have a sandwich and some green beans. I filled a canning jar with water before leaving the house. After spreading out the blanket, taking off my shoes and socks, and spreading out my food, I enjoy sitting for a bit while taking in the scenery of that area. There is something serene about working at here.
My project folders were on standby, so I could finish up edits while I was there.
Webster Park is another place I like to work. It’s near the river, and has pretty views. Sometimes a bench or a picnic table are available, but I always bring a blanket just in case. I also bring my laptop, on the chance I’ll get to use a table. I don’t pick up enough of a signal to get online most of the time, but I can work within my folders and documents.
Both areas are beautiful, and usually quiet. Great for getting work done.
Aroma Joe’s has an outside area for sitting. It’s just a few tables with chairs, but the cushions are comfortable. I’ll have to get a photo of the area at some point.
I like to go there for breakfast (note the oatmeal) and mint or vanilla tea, sometimes adding fruit to my order. This is my all-time favorite place away from home for the tea and oatmeal. I can get online there so I bring the laptop and a list of things I need to get done, working while enjoying my meal. Then I get my free refill of tea and work another hour or so. There are others who go there to work, and many students from UMaine study there.
Now is the time of year I try to arrive there early enough to get a table outside, so I can enjoy the nice weather while getting down to business. As a matter-of-fact, I’m considering making it a priority that the next area I move to will have an Aroma Joe’s I can walk to.
And at least one beautiful park.
I need nature.
So, I’ll be working outside whenever possible this year. How about you?
Shannon L. Buck
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