If you go down in the woods today…….
Unexpectedly, I found myself with a few minutes to spare earlier this week so I seized my chance to get the daily step count up and took a short woodland walk.
Even on a cold damp November afternoon there was beauty to be found.
and playing in among the trees and fallen leaves
And in a flash he was gone, leaving only the blur of his tail…….
But…… he couldn’t resist a final glance.
Three things in life that I love are the beach and watching the sun rise and set. Actually managing to achieve these becomes more of a challenge at this time of year however I have a secret weapon – well, a virtual secret weapon.
There is one beach that I love but, unfortunately, it’s 3000 miles away from the place I call home. This is the beach that I have based my Silver Lake books around and its been way too long since I sank my toes into its sand.
And my secret virtual weapon – a local webcam.
One morning last week, the blue light of early dawn ( the photo above) caught my eye as I logged onto my laptop. It was 11am in the UK and 6am at the beach( or was it 7am – the clocks changing has me confused about the time difference!) .
For once I had time to spare and therefore the time to watch the sun rise over my beach. Want to see?
and finally at 9am the town of Rehoboth Beach was starting to come to life and go about its day.
I might not have physically been there but I could taste the salt in the air, hear the waves lap up on the shore and sense the town of Rehoboth Beach coming to life. It might have been a chilly October sunrise but it warmed my heart.
Sometimes all you need is a little imagination and you’re there……
If you want to check it out for yourself, here’s the webcam link
Anyone who reads this blog regularly or my sister blog, The 525 to Glasgow ( https://the525toglasgow.wordpress.com ) knows I love music.
I listen to hours and hours of music every week. I write with music playing in the background.
Last Saturday evening was no different- except I decided to play this one old school…..
There really is something satisfying about placing that vinyl on the turntable, listening for that click as the stylus connects and then letting the magic unfold…..
My evening’s listening proved to be colourful.
and who said vinyl had to be black?
Looks like my vinyl collection certainly adds some colour 😉
As a creature of habit, I take the same route when I go for a walk along the shore at Lunderston Bay, a beauty spot near where I live. It’s very easy to allow routine to kick in and to not look around you.
More recently I’ve been using these walks almost as mindfulness sessions, taking the time to myself to clear my mind. I’ve left my iPod at home and focussed on the sounds of the world around me- the seabirds, the waves, the kids laughter as they play on the beach or in the playpark, dogs barking as they too play on the beach or in the water, the sheep in the fields, the wind around me. I’ve paid attention to the ground beneath my feet- the soft sand, the damp hardpacked sand along the water’s edge, the squishy feeling of the seaweed, the gravel of the path. I’ve paid attention to the sights – the small shells and bright white pebbles in the sand, the sun glinting off the water, the wildflowers that grow along the paths.
I wonder how many people visit this spot and see and hear and feel nothing, seeing it purely as place to let the kids or the dog run free?
Sometimes though you need to look at even the most beautiful places from a different perspective….and you can have a little fun whilst doing it.
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