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Near perfect

I’ve reached a point now where I can lift my head occasionally and see something truly beautiful, perhaps even laugh a little. Here I sit at the close of a truly wonderful weekend with new, very precious memories to start filling the next chapter of my life…

On Friday, I packed my carrot juice – in retrospect, a really bad move, as it leaked all over my bag, coat and gloves – we loaded up the car and headed out to Freshfield forest following the advice of a good friend. On my trip back to Hemel Hempstead, I had something of a revelation. I realised that the one thing I was missing was my time in the woods. I needed to recharge. I love this place where hills, forest and beach meet and are within easy reach!

I saw my first ever red squirrel!! Sadly, my camera didn’t meet expectations, so I just have a blur that blended with the background, but it was there and terribly cute! Apparently they’re shy critters, but you’d never have guessed from watching this one. I suspect he was too busy taunting the crow to be bothered by our presence.

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‘Dogs on leads’ is, of course, optional… It was pure doggy paradise!

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Cure for melancholy prescribed by an old friend… Go take a walk in the woods!

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This camera isn’t the best, but for capturing the day, it suffices. I loved the gnarled, weather-beaten woods.

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Windy grasses. It was a glorious day!

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… with random asparagus. Apparently these lands used to be asparagus farms. Ideal soil for it.

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Beautiful wood carvings were to be seen at regular intervals

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Where forest meets beach

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Three guesses as to which way the wind blows

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Even the snails were huddled together to keep warm. The sun may have been shining, but it was very chilly!

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We ended at a lovely pub for dinner. Thank you to Ste and Tat for making a day with very special memories for me :)

 Yesterday, I took myself off for a treat and had a hour long reiki session, something I’ve promised myself for years. It was pleasant. If it did nothing else, it gave me an hour of much needed nothingness, a time out of the inside of my head.

Today was a day of relaxing and just doing whatever my whim leads me to, which included a box of coloured pencils, a very special and rather spectacular colouring in book, enjoying a feast cooked by the amazing Ste and cooking up a traditional Tomatie Bredie for the kids to enjoy tomorrow.

I have a lot of very important and life-altering decisions to make in the next couple of weeks. I’m grateful for the gift of this weekend.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2015 in life, Nature

 

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Nature’s Mandalas

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None precisely symmetrical our perfect, but all incredibly
beautiful and unique!

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The daisies come with special thoughts of Kippy in Nevada

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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Nature, spiritual

 

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Nature’s Mandalas

Nature’s Mandalas

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None precisely symmetrical our perfect, but all incredibly
beautiful and unique!

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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Nature

 

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Magic

magic in the air

There’s magic in the air as the sun bestows its final blessing on the day

(and no, I don’t know what the little white blip in the red circle is)

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in miracle, Nature

 

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The cow, the dog, the moon

I have this wonderful meditation by Gerry Gavin “Standing shamanic meditation”. It’s a meditation that leaves me feeling grounded in Mother Earth’s energy and filled with a sense of peace. I’ve been wanting to go out into the open field lately, especially at the full moon, but just didn’t get the chance (or the gumption) to do it. Granted, the weather hasn’t been conducive to midnight jaunts either. Tonight, there was a breeze, but it wasn’t cold. Out here on the farm, the air was fresh and sweet. The time was right, even though the Moon was past her fullness.

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I didn’t want to be surprised by the arrival of the dog during my meditation, so I called Kaiser to join me. He settled himself in the thick, soft grass a couple of paces away from my feet. Normally, he’d lean up against me, but I think he sensed I needed his presence while wanting space. I looked up into a pair of glowing eyes. Ah! Company! The white-faced cow regarded me with curiosity. There was no moon, as the sky was blanketed with drifting dark cloud. I appreciated the dark though, as I wanted to go unnoticed.

It was as I was drawing energy up from the Earth that I felt the Moon break through her cover and light up the field around me. It turned my meditational time into something magical. I still feel the tingling in my hands and feet.

If I had a wish tonight, it would be that everyone could experience something like this…. a deep connection with our Mother Earth and a sense her energy, bathed in the moon’s light.

1377608395399Apologies and thanks to the unknown (to me) artist.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Nature, spiritual

 

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Daylight savings time saves what exactly?

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Clicking on a link where I found a link to another link and so it goes…

Those who know me well know I have huge issues with daylight saving time. Yes, it is nice to have longer evenings, but it’s so unnatural! My personal gripe stems from not having the sun where I expect it to be at noon. It takes me ages to adjust.

Why did it then come as such a surprise when I found an article on wildlife deaths due to daylight savings time?

http://goo.gl/PExcu – This link goes to the translated version of a Danish site

In short, animals that usually use the quieter hours of the morning to cross busy roads suddenly find themselves in peak traffic. As a result, many are killed, at least, until they, like me, finally adjust their own ‘clocks’ to our manipulation.

Can someone tell me why we really Need DST??

 

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2013 in animals, Nature, rant, seasons, travel

 

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Nature’s cleaner

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Back when we worked at Killruddery, I discovered Nature’s handcleaner. In years past, we’ve always used all sorts of lotions and potions to clean our hands when we had no bathroom facilities on hand. Working with the animals and often giving the pigs some fairly greasy kitchen leftovers and then washing the containers, one day, I, in desperation, wiped my hands on the wet grass. It was amazing! It cut through the grease far quicker than most soaps would! I found myself a lush clump of grass and swished out the containers… Granted, not sparkly kitchen clean, but clean enough that I didn’t have to carry dirty containers back and… my hands were clean!

Since then, grass has become my first choice for cleaning when I’m out of doors and it just feels so good!

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Nature

 

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