In Search of Hope…….

Last weekend I woke to torrential rain and dark skies. It was a disappointing start to the day and initially thought there was no way I’d get a trundle with my camera, but then, after lunch, the clouds started to break, blowing the wind away and the sun shone…..I decided to go out in search of hope…

We all need something to look forward to, to raise our spirits in this often dark time we’re in. For me, I find it in nature and my village as I walk around on my trundles. The sun was desperately trying to fight through the thick clouds

Camera round my neck, I set off, first to the duck pond in case no one had been out with food in the rain; although none of them would starve. But I like to think of them being looked after as they give so much joy to everyone here.

Then up behind the houses and along the back lane. The rain having giving us added mud and many puddles to navigate.

But the shrubs are full of berries, ready made meals for any passing bird who fancies a snack

The first sign of hope was in the middle of the lane, snowdrops just coming into flower. That first sign that spring is round the corner and gives us a reason to look forward……

As I reached Abbys field the sheep the paddock was empty of sheep, but Abby had warned me they had to reside in another field for a while as it was just too muddy in theirs. Another sight to look forward to once the ground recovers……the trees behind sculptured by the weather

My second sign of hope was again along the verge….daffodils piercing the winter soil, their bulbs feeding off the goodness in the ground ready to burst into flower in a month or so time….

Down along the verge I trundled beside the main road, the sun behind me lighting up the road. 

So many villagers had ventured out since the rain ceased, doing just as I was, enjoying the fresh air and all that was around us. All saying hello, some stopping for a chat, others waving from afar, all with warm smiles and warm hearts.

Another sign of hope and the primroses coming into bud

And the winter. Viburnums in full flower

Never forget to look up, look down, look all around as you simply don’t know what missable sights you might miss; gone in a second, captured for ever.

Clouds forming natures own mountains in the sky, now lighter and more friendly than the morning sky.

As I near home, I notice the farmers wife in her front garden with her two ageing dogs, one deaf, one almost blind, but her loving companions. I’d never seen her out before so I stop and we chat away. She’d had a stroke and had not been able to go for walks, so told me my photos kept her in touch with the village 😍……giving her hope that one day she will see it again and be able to go for her own walk……..

But for now she’ll make do with my photos and her two adorable companions….sat happily, waiting for us to finish our conversation….

We all need hope…….sometimes you just have to look at the world more closely……

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

33 thoughts on “In Search of Hope…….

  1. I think you take amazing photos that tell such stories (along with your wonderful words) and show so much about the small village life and your experiences.

    I know you mentioned that only trundles are what you are able to do and write about, but for me as a reader each one is like a different adventure, and anything you share is delighful.

    Hope you have had a great day Wendy!

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  2. You have a really beautiful view of the world. Thank you so much for sharing. Reasons to be cheerful are all around us I guess – if we just look for them.

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  3. I am envious of your ‘signs of spring’! ….Here in mid-Canada, winter doesn’t ease up until late March or early April. It is usually May or June before we start seeing early flowers starting to peek through the earth.

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  4. Gorgeous photos as always Wendy, but also words of hope of things springing to life. We need it so much right now. I’ve got one daffodil in bud and one red snap dragon! I love your blogs and the two dogs are so cute! 🐕 😊

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  5. Wonderful trundle and more great pictures! You just have an eye for beauty. I have never knew a flower called a “snowdrop” existed.. it’s so lovely. I love flowers and your love and care for them , animals and your fellow villagers fill us all with happiness and hope from afar. Thank you again for sharing all with us🌷

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  6. Lovely blog Wendy, and you are so right. We need to give the digital world a break and have an encounter with creation. I’ve been painting pebbles recently, with scenes I’ve snapped on my phone – mainly sunsets over the Solent and adding a little encouraging thought in the reverse. Such a thrill then to sit and watch some passer by pick it up.

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