I began today by taking a stroll in the local woods. I love being in amongst nature, and I consider myself fortunate to have such a beautiful place for walking just five minutes from home. The woods have been a blessing throughout this latest lockdown. They are the perfect place to get some exercise and to de-stress. There is nothing better than some fresh air for one’s mental wellbeing.
Today I noticed a real change in atmosphere as I made my way through the trees. The daffodils glowed in the sunshine, the birds were in full song, and I sensed that nature was about to explode all around me. I felt a hint of optimism that better times may not be too far away, provided we all stick to the rules for the next few weeks.
I took some photos with my camera phone. I have a camera, but it hasn’t seen the light of day since the first lockdown began. I really should use it more often. It looks very lonely sitting on the shelf.
Something else I don’t use very often is my set of watercolour paints and pencils. Several years ago, I painted regularly. I was no expert, but I did enjoy dabbing on some colour. The hopefulness I felt surge through me today inspired me to brush the dust off my watercolours and do a quick sketch. It is far from perfect, but I enjoyed the process. I will be doing more in the coming months.