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.
‘Dogs on leads’ is, of course, optional… It was pure doggy paradise!
Cure for melancholy prescribed by an old friend… Go take a walk in the woods!
This camera isn’t the best, but for capturing the day, it suffices. I loved the gnarled, weather-beaten woods.
Windy grasses. It was a glorious day!
… with random asparagus. Apparently these lands used to be asparagus farms. Ideal soil for it.
Beautiful wood carvings were to be seen at regular intervals
Where forest meets beach
Three guesses as to which way the wind blows
Even the snails were huddled together to keep warm. The sun may have been shining, but it was very chilly!
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.