Black-headed gull

A wet dismal Sunday, like today, seems an ideal opportunity for reflection.

As advertisers, broadcasters and shops whisk us towards the end of 2014, with promises of pure joy and happiness, provided of course that we spend hundreds of pounds on mostly unnecessary (and unwanted?) gifts, I find myself taking time to consider what I have experienced or achieved, so far, during the year.

I’m also determined to linger in autumn as long as possible. Sure, there’s only a month until winter, but there is still so much colour left to enjoy! It may be very wet and dull with ever shortening days, but it’s been unusually mild and not too windy. This has resulted in the leaves staying on the trees and shrubs for longer! So a big bonus!

Frustratingly, the wet weather is conducive to neither photography nor dry cycling! However, I’m fortunate enough to live in an area surrounded by deciduous trees. As I type, I’m able to glance out at some majestic English Oaks and Silver Birch. Furthermore, I only minutes away from the New Forest National Park and some ornamental gardens.

As for shorter days – being a sufferer of depression, which worsens as the daylight reduces,  I use a Lightbox, which not only helps to mitigate my symptoms a little, but also provides perfect light for painting!

Experiences/Achievements so far in no particular order:

  • Broadening my photography skills
  • Getting out and about more, to different places, to practise these skills
  • Creating a raised-bed vegetable garden
  • Learning how to use Adobe Lightroom (despite losing some photos!)
  • Starting to blog
  • Adjusting my medication
  • Improve my Mindfulness skills
  • Changing the car
  • Improved my watercolour skills

So, reflecting done, I shall endeavour to live in the moment and can wait!

To quote William Henry Davies:

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.


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