Hello From Steps Bridge

I hope you’re all well and happy and continuing to cope with these strange times.

Apart from the attack of the small flying creatures leaving 21 bites each of which have been swollen for five days now, I’m fine.

Does anyone else have horrid reactions to stings and bites? I really hope not, especially as none of the things to be rubbed on have any affect at all.

Never mind, I have nothing else to moan about 🙂

I’m happily retired from 11 years in the NHS.

Oh and I have no idea how to create a post now that things have changed so much here at wordpress.

Bye for now.

Serenity

Serenity, peacefulness, tranquility, what a lovely way to be. But so many of us live our lives in a very different state and that includes me recently.

Luckily through my workplace I have been able to take a mindfulness course for the last few weeks and I leave each session totally relaxed.

How are YOU feeling today, why not take some time out for yourself?

Serenity is Tina’s Lens Artist Challenge theme this week and I felt totally serene in the meadow on Sunday.

Small things in the valley park

My favourite place to walk in the city is Ludwell Valley Park, I’ve posted a few times about it. The management of Exeter’s six valley parks has recently been taken over by Devon Wildlife Trust, ensuring the continued opportunities for walking and enjoying nature.

There’s an abundance of plant life, something to see all year round and stunning views.

Last week I decided to focus on the small things, some of which tend to be overlooked.

Here’s a slideshow.

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The parks circle the city with beautiful wildlife corridors, free for all to enjoy, does your town or city have similar?

It’s elemental

One of the most memorable destinations I’ve visited is India, a country of contrasts, it’s both backward and progressive. wealthy and poor, rainy and has monsoon and drought.

These little dwellings were in the Thar desert, Rajasthan.The earth was parched and only big old trees had any greenery. I can’t imagine how enough food was produced for people and livestock, but somehow they scrape an existence.

The air was filled with the sound of the helicopter flypass over  over Britannia Royal naval College, when my son passed out at the end of his officer training. It was a very proud mummy day, because he’d jumped from Chief Petty Officer to Sub-lieutenant.

I’ve chosen earth and air for Amy’s elemental Lens artist challenge this week, but you can choose fire, wood or water as well.

 

At the foot of the tree

If you grew up in England when I did, a very long time ago, there’s a good chance that you had nature study classes. If you lived in a town, perhaps that meant a crocodile walk to the nearest park. Mine was, and even though I moved away I live close to that same park now. I loved the huge trees then and I was heartbroken when many of the ancient beings were lost in the 1987 hurricane.

I think the main reason for those classes was some respite for teachers while little horrors like me got to let off some steam. I knew the names of all the trees back then, but somewhere at the end of childhood I forgot most of them.

Luckily there’s a green at the bottom of my road. I once counted more than twenty varieties of trees there but only know what half of them are. Today I stopped in my tracks when I saw these unfolding leaf buds.  It most likely is a native tree, but the complementary colours opposite on the colour wheel and their striking form made them something different to me.

Tina set the Lens Artist challenge theme this week, with ‘Something different‘. Her cactus photos are amazing but I love the pink flowers.