Grey mizzly rainy days

Hi, how are you all?

Samhain is nearly here and I am starting to get excited, there is an energy building and I can feel it. I haven’t had lot to get excited about recently but I can feel the anticipation in the air!

Anyway back to grey mizzly days….it was time to take the dog out for his walk so we went to one of the two local parks by where we live. I prefer this park to the other more popular one, it has a slightly more wild untamed unmanicured feel to it, it calls to me more.

Once inside the park (even with it being an inner-city park) the sound of local traffic drifts away, Mother Nature is wearing her soft grey cloak muffling all sound and muting her glorious Autumn colour palette,

Her cloak decorated everything it touched, from making leaves appear like they have been varnished,

to berries and hips being polished,

to some leaves and the blades of grass all bedecked in their diamonds,

The only sounds I can hear are  the gentle peeps of small winter birds and the steady drips from the wet leaves still attached to their trees.

A bit further around our walk I got to spend time with my favourite Oak (the one the dog managed to tie me to last time).

You can see that he is beginning to change his greenery for yellows and browns and standing under his magnificent boughs you could hear the different drips and see the leaves bounce with each drop, like the keys of a piano being played.

We carried on (after thanking the Oak for allowing me to spend time with him by tidying up any litter left beneath his great spread) I laughed at the antics of local squirrels  doing their stuff with the autumnal abundance, much to the annoyance of my canine companion!

The carpets of golds and browns that were laid out for all to stroll through brighten the dullest of tarmac surfaces

All in all, a soul soothing stroll hardly meeting another soul, thoughts wandering to the turning of the wheel, the seasons, the darker part of the year approaching and to Samhain – sheer bliss.

Do you have plans for Samhain, are you prepared already?

Whatever your plans, I wish you a blessed Samhain!

Talk to you again soon, x

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Serenity and timeout.

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This picture may look a bit dull and grey but it was in fact quite a mild and warm walk.
This is taken looking up while I do my usual and spend time underneath what I have called my Serenity Tree. It is a big Oak that is in my local park, it has a lovely shelf on its trunk which is the perfect height for me to rest my rump on whilst leaning against the tree and having some timeout.

The grey asky wasn’t quite as dark as it looks here but the sun was a bright spot in the grey and I was fascinated by the amazing number of little round bobbles on the ends of all the twigs and branches, each bobble getting ready to burst open with new leaves…too numerous to count!

I love spending time under this Oak, the dog has got used to me taking timeout here, he usually joins in and has a few minutes chilling out too as you can see!

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After resting a while and thinking, I always thank ‘my’ Oak and give it a hug.

Do you have a favourite tree where you like to rest a while and think?