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“He who plants kindness, grows love…”

How do you start a blog entry when it’s been so long….it feels odd to just be writing words as they come out of my head. Instead of writing for an essay, an assessment at work, a Christmas card…something planned. 2016 has been a busy year with its ups and downs, trials and tribulations, times for sadness and times for celebration.

It seemed fitting to spend the first free hours that we’d had in a long time, on the meadow. So that’s where we found ourselves on Boxing Day, surveying the many trees that my Dad had spent the Autumn and Winter planting.

The meadow is a place where you can renew. Your energy, yourself, your memories. It’s a place that never changes in many ways, and yet advances and matures in many others. It’s a place that you can rely on. It is by far one of my most favourite places. This year I stored up memories and moments to recapture and recall when I felt that I may need them most.

One of those memories and moments was when we were speeding across the Gulf of Mexico in a boat with dolphins chasing us. I thought, ‘When life gets tough, remember this moment when everything was okay, and the bad bits were forgotten.’ The meadow is full of scenes prepared and stored, ready for conjuring up when most needed. Boxing Day’s time down there was no exception.

This is what happens when you ask two dogs to smile….

So the tree planting is almost complete. Only another few hundred to go…the meadow is looking full already and some of the photos show the contrast between the trees that were first planted when my parents got the meadow, to the ones that are just being put in now. A lot has changed in the years since the meadow was acquired…

The next project is nesting boxes – owls, bats, birds…all the best creatures! I can’t wait to ‘borrow’ my Dad’s extra awesome telephoto lens and sit and wait for the Kingfisher to come by again. He/She makes a regular appearance already but with some patience, fantastic shots can be caught. Just ask my Mum who snapped away with her point and shoot camera a few weeks ago and put me to shame!

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“The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.”
― Chuck Palahniuk

Today started horrendously, around 2am!  Subsequently much of the morning was spent at the local hospital waiting for an appointment with the out of hours GP. Predictably, the appointment time came and went which I get, it’s a Saturday and it’s busy e.t.c e.t.c. But the GP didn’t have to wander down the corridor into the waiting area with a plastic cup filled with somebody’s urine (or the apple juice there was REALLY bad) and then proceed to try and wrestle somewhat precariously with a locked door right next to me. And then it was followed by spending horrendous amounts of money on prescriptions (Where have I been all this time? I have no idea, but how did the price get so high?!)

This afternoon things have settled down a little and the excruciating pains that I was experiencing seemed to be being kept at bay by the tablets. I had great plans for today’s photographs, being my first ‘free’ day since University ended. Sadly, I couldn’t go through with any of them and didn’t even get the chance to wander around a bookshop and buy non-education materials! I did however, make use of the sunshine, a spray bottle of water and a couple of bottles I unearthed from my photography drawer when I had a bought of inspiration and energy.




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