Darkest Winter…time to slow down.

It’s Winter, the time of the year where everything slows down….including us humans!

It might not seem like it with it being the ‘party’ season, thankfully I no longer work in an occupation where this partying is necessary, I now move at a slower pace and I think this is because I am spending more time outside in Nature and I am tuning into the seasons more (and nothing to do with feeling older!)

This time of year, as we approach the Winter Solstice, the dark is taking up more and more of the day, the need to be warm and cosy is uppermost, the lighting of fires, candles and snuggling under warm blankets! It may seem like there is a lot of Winter left to go but if you take a few moments to look about when outside you can see the promise of more light, warmer temperatures and life waiting to burst forth.
All the trees have baby buds, ready to swell and send out new greenery..

But stop….take a moment and look, there is still so much to see.

The small winter birds are in abundance, making the most of the berries and hips still on the bushes, the evergreens (as it says on the tin!) are still wonderfully green, now all the leaves have fallen you can see the wonderful shape of the trees..

there are even some winter flowers starting to come out, like this winter flowering cherry…

Go with the season, take things slower, enjoy the darkness for the Winter Solstice approaches bringing it with it, the return of the sun! Solstice blessings to you all, x

Hello December 

Here we are, the last month of the calendar year, moving quickly towards the shortest day and longest night!

It has been cold where I am but no snow yet like the above image.

Below are some of the photos I took today when I took the dog out, thankfully we were out in the sunny middle part of the day and I love the low angle of the sun and the colour temperature of the light it gives off.

Back lit moss showing off the delicate texture 

I love the shape of this long dead sentinel still at its post.

Side lit texture of my favourite Oak, while standing beneath it’s great boughs.

The view from my favourite speck under ‘my’ Oak!

And this is it, still wearing his golden cloak of leaves.

I have tried to capture an image of this tree from the same spot in each season, I will have to find them all for another post!

As the first image says, it’s a new page, in a new chapter, ready to be written on in your book of life, make of it what you will, just make sure that there is room for fun in there too! x