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January walks 2019

As I confessed previously I’ve struggled to come out of my cosy hibernation after Christmas. We’ve had a spell of cold, dry weather which has afforded lots of peaceful walks, where the air itself seems to buffer any sound. The dark silhouettes of the trees against a pale grey sky whisper simplicity. And the barrenness of the gardens speaks of a season of rest; the ground is lying still before the burgeoning of spring.

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I love how the seasons in nature reflect seasons in our lives. As I walked one day I mulled over my current difficulty in cranking into full gear, in the midst of winter. And I gave myself permission to take life at a slower pace for a few more weeks. Just as the earth needs time to rest and build up its nutrients before the heady blossoming of new growth, so maybe I need a few quieter weeks to regain my energy and nourish my own soul.

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Life is never exactly quiet in our home, as our calendar portrays, but I’m trying to turn down the pace of our daily rhythm. To make choices, when I can, to do less rushing around and more walking, more reading.

The above picture shows some of the treasures collected on a nature walk with Dad. So much better than with me, I’m told. I’m just too embarrassing!

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These we’re taken on a visit to Granny’s Cathedral City, as we strolled around the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace. Sparkly Eyes found a dog on which to lavish her affection, and offered its gracious owner some of her play doh burger. I subsequently discovered this was the Bishop’s wife, out for a quiet walk walk around her garden. And I spied the first snowdrops of the year. The “fair maids of February ” (C M Barker), peeking their way into the world, reminding me that all the life of the next season is on its way.

3 thoughts on “January walks 2019”

  1. I have come to believe that January is for hibernating, for humans as well as animals! Time to rest and to allow the bulbs beneath the soil some time to awaken.
    I love your blog – keep up the lovely writing!
    Xxx

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