Bluebells

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Bluebells

Bluebells

 

 Are there any bluebells out near you yet? 

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A quick catch up…

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Mindful Monday: Getting up close and personal with nature

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote the first Mindful Monday post, which you can check out here.  The idea is discuss different ways of relaxing, how to take time out of our busy lives and to explore different forms of meditation.  Seeing as spring is in the air, today’s post is all about getting outside…

Normally, I would advise against having any gadgets around you when being mindful or meditating however, you may find a camera useful – I used the camera on my phone.  The idea this week is take a walk and look for signs of how nature is changing to reflect the season.  I set myself the theme of ‘texture’ and decided I would take 5 pictures that were indicative of this.  As I was looking for interesting textures, I also found myself noticing the beautiful juxtaposition between the fresh new shoots of growth and the old, seemingly dead growth from last year.

Leaves

Glossy leaves

I don't know what this plant is called but I love the texture

I don’t know what this plant is called but I love the fluffy texture

Ivy is a good example of a plant we see all year round - do we necessarily notice how it changes throughout the year though?

Ivy is a good example of a plant we see all year round – do we necessarily notice how it changes throughout the year though?

Do you remember doing tree bark rubbings with sugar paper and brightly coloured crayons?

Do you remember doing tree bark rubbings with sugar paper and brightly coloured crayons?

The juxtaposition between the old and the new

The juxtaposition between the old and the new

All these photos were taken within a 5 minute walk from my house – you neither have to walk far nor anywhere particularly interesting to get great shots.  In fact, you may find some inspiration in your own garden!

If anyone else would like to take part in Mindful Mondays with me, I’ll be popping my photos onto my social media accounts.  If you fancy joining in on Twitter or Instagram, just upload your photos, tag me @vintageguinea and #MindfulMonday.  Oh and don’t worry if you can’t upload on a Monday, I’ll just be posting different topic ideas on a Monday but the theme will run all week!

Seeing things from a different perspective

A couple of weekends ago, we went for a walk in Salcey Forest.  The leaves were turning, the air was crisp and the sunlight made dappled patterns through the canopy of tree tops.

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There is a Tree Top walk through the forest, which enables you to see the forest from above like a bird or a squirrel.  What a wonderful reminder to look at things from a different perspective.  At ground level, trees are solid and rooted but at the top, they bend and sway elegantly in the breeze.  I was left with the overriding thought that there’s nothing wrong with having your head in the clouds so long as your feet are firmly placed on the ground!

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If you have the chance, visit Salcey as it’s a lovely place.  There are a number of different walks (including ones suitable for kids), cycle paths, bridleways, picnic faclities, on-site parking and a cafe.