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……