13 May 2015

The Power of a Walk.

The other day I went for an amble.  I love the fairer weather.  I am a fair weather walker, you could say.  

Living on the seafront is wonderful in the winter with the gales and gusts and the sea in the storms, but those aren't the days the car is left somewhere after the school run and a saunter home is taken. The time has come for burning the midnight oil and mooching in the mornings in the sun. Spring brings a fresh wind and it's invigorating to let go for an hour and just be.  

In fact, it's the best thing on earth.  No matter how overwhelmed I'm feeling, no matter how many times I've been woken by the students / kids / dustmen refuse collectors / seagulls / next door's pigeons / dogs / cats / a mouse in the house / a random beeping from a car or a handset somewhere - there really is light at the end of some tunnels!    

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I'll get right up close and personal with the water's edge and breathe and all will be well with the world.  It gives me a feeling of coming home.  I love the bright sky, the expanse of space, the smells, the sounds of the waves rolling in, the peace yet the noise.  The salt in the air makes me smile.  I feel part of something special - something big, something beautiful and something better.

Little things get perspective, big ones come to the forefront of my mind as I wander and I just listen - to them come and go, come and go, as the tide comes and goes, comes and goes.  It is wonderful and I rejoice in being able to do this.  It is probably the singular thing that prevents me looking for an office job.  I would hate to give this up.  I would miss it.  


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This is where my heart is.  Where's yours?  

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14 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures Anya, I'm jealous.

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    1. I'm jealous of yours Catherine - but IKWYM XX

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  2. There is something so restorative and refreshing about a lovely walk! What a beautiful part of the world you live in Anya! :) xx

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    1. It blows more than the cobwebs away Emma - and yes, thank you :) xx

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  3. I couldn't agree with you more, my heart is by the sea. i am refreshed and renewed every time I go there, especially on my own. Mich x

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  4. Such breathtaking photos and I agree that there is something about the magnitude of the sea that really helps to clear you mind. You are so lucky to live somewhere that is so beautiful. One day I will live near the sea.

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  5. Being amongst nature on a big scale is so calming isn't it - we're really land-locked where we live and having grown up near the coast I long for just the kind of walk you took. I wouldn't give it up for an office job either!

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  6. Whilst I love living at the seaside there is always a part of me that is longing to be back home looking across the Pennines

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  7. You're so lucky to live by the sea and be able to escape whenever you're in need of inspiration. I love the photos... who wouldn't be rejuvenated after a trip to the beach?!

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  8. I would love to live near the coast one day. I always feel so much better for a day of sea air.

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  9. You can't beat a lovely bracing walk buy by the sea. Many moons ago I lived in Morecambe with the Lake District just up the road. Needless to say, I got out a lot! X

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