The day began with a visit to the doc. It was a positive visit, but I have to have more tests for my low blood pressure. I don't think it's anything sinister, so I'm not worried about that at all. It just means that I won't have any real news for a while longer. As you may already have read, I was able to have a 'flu jab while I was there - so that's me set up for the winter. (I'm having more investigations for my back too, more about that when there is news).
Our doctor is too far away to walk, but it was an early appointment, so that meant that I could walk into town before lunch. DH came with me and we stopped for a coffee before returning home. It's just over 1 mile each way, and I always time the going and the coming - leaving the middle bit as an interlude. I thought I might have to make that 'do' for today. I was a bit disappointed as I don't walk at my optimum speed when I have company.
I've felt 'cheated' all week. I haven't been able to have a good walk, but had to fit one into a busy schedule. While that doesn't really matter, I really felt the need to go right around our lake, so after lunch I made the decision to do just that. Saturday afternoon means 'Sport' on TV, so DH was occupied, and I had my 'escape'
When I walk on my own I notice far more. I think more, it becomes more purposeful and I can almost 'hear' my blog forming as I take the photographs. Today was no exception.
The other day I spoke about lifting our eyes, and viewing things differently www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
, today I found I was looking down - but still viewing things differently.
I've previously mentioned the variety of fungi in the nature reserve. This year has been amazing. I have lost count of the number of different varieties I have seen.
Some are pretty, and with shapes that are recognisable
Some are damaged, with nibbles from passing animals.
Most are very well camouflaged
Some have frilly edges
and a few have almost no shape or form.
All, however, have a personality of their own. They are set in their own special environment, and it is only there that they will bloom. Each type has its own needs and requirements, and what suits one doesn't suit another.
Can you see where I'm going with this? Does this sound a little like 'us'? We are all different - we come from different parts of the world, and we are all influenced by our individual lives up to this point.
The fungi that I photographed today have been dormant for months. They have been busily working away underground, completely invisible, waiting for just this moment to blossom. We get so impatient with our healthy lifestyle. We want it all 'yesterday' and never give ourselves time to consider that something might be happening inside.
Each fungus has chosen its flowering spot with care. The ground on which it is living is EXACTLY what IT needs to perform at its best. If we are honest - do we always do the same for our bodies?
In many ways the walk was very quiet and contemplative today. It wasn't until I reached this point that I realised why. The Canada Geese are conspicuous by their absence. They have flown the nest and are now on their way to cooler climes.
A few remain, these are 'residents' and stay here permanently. Shortly they will be joined by other waterfowl who will arrive to spend the winter. The next few months will be interesting to see what arrives and how visible they are.
Onwards and Upwards, Sparkeroonies. Enjoy your weekend, and don't get disheartened. You may not see much on the outside yet - but if you are doing all the right things SOMETHING IS HAPPENING ON THE INSIDE! Soon it will be time to bloom exactly where you are planted.