Saturday, June 23, 2012
I have been taking great delight in my surroundings over the past few days. We often get so embroiled in every day life that we miss much of the beauty that is abundant everywhere you look. Ok the local tip isn't very pretty but the beauty of the orderly recycling skips is not their appearance but the recycling they represent!
Yesterday I took a local walk through the woods. I start off heading down a tarmac road that soon changes to a little lane that goes only to one private house. Either side of the lane are trees, bushes and brambles aplenty and there's an abundance of bird life chirruping in them. At one place I noticed that beautiful wild roses were growing in amongst the brambles and their pretty pink flowers made the creamy bramble flowers look very delicate. The honeysuckle that creeps along the branches of some of the trees smells wonderful. So many fantastic sights, sounds and smells no more than five minutes from home.
As I continue, my walk takes me along a path edged with more foxgloves than I can ever recall seeing here, through some woods and to a little stream. The stream was well filled from all the rain we had recently and I stopped on the wooden bridge to watch it for a while just enjoying the sounds of the birds and the squirrels rustling in the tree canopy above.
I complete my walk alongside the stream and then back to the main road, reality and the office.
How fortunate I felt to be able to take 30 minutes away from my work to appreciate nature.