Naturally Mindful
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Naturally Mindful

There’s been a trend towards mindfulness over the last few years. Being present and getting into a flow state are espoused as healthy ways to control a racing mind, boost creativity, and generally bring benefits into your life. It’s a fascinating area. I’ll be delving into the science in a future post. But the 15 … Continue reading

Constant Growth
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Constant Growth

One of the things I love about getting outdoors is following seasonal changes. The ducklings that were tiny fluffballs only weeks ago are now brave – and hungry. Last year’s cygnets are rather more grown up. And with every rainy day, more shoots push through the soil. The windowbox is full of radishes, lettuce and … Continue reading

Perfectly Purple
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Perfectly Purple

I recently learned that some people see purple flowers as a sign of gratitude. In the Victorian language of flowers, purple flowers were used to denote someone who was thankful (though a purple hyacinth represented sorrow, forgiveness and regret). More recently, Facebook introduced a purple flower emoticon for Mother’s Day, though only for US users … Continue reading

Blooming Lovely
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Blooming Lovely

Following the seasons is one of my favourite things about going on nature walks, particularly as spring eases into summer. Seeing spring flowers emerge, blossom colour the hedgerows and gardens fill with flowers makes me happy. Each Sunday, I share #rainbowblooms on Twitter between 11am and 6pm (loosely going for one colour of the rainbow … Continue reading

Simple Pleasures
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Simple Pleasures

Yesterday’s skies were dramatic. I thought they would lead to rain but the storms stayed away. After enthusing about the canal in my previous post, I couldn’t resist its lure. I fed the swans. I watched some preening. I fed the ducklings (and mum). I took photographs of wildflowers for #wildflowerhour (8-9pm Sundays). I took … Continue reading

Love the Canal
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Love the Canal

I’ve long loved the canal. As a London-dweller, I’d walk from Ladbroke Grove to Camden along the water. When I moved back to the Midlands, the development of Birmingham canal with restaurants and bars galore was a lively contrast to the more rural pleasures of the Grand Union Canal. I prefer the latter, as there’s … Continue reading