I attended a wonderful lecture by Ted Bowman last week, entitled
"Talking about Tough Stuff". Its themes were both how we talk about
difficult things to others and support them through difficult times -
but also how we, as carers, support ourselves.
I asked this same question - how do we support ourselves, how do we feed
our Souls when we are extended to our own limits in supporting others,
on a list that I run - and virtually everyone said that, in some way,
they turn to the natural world to find peace.
The photo essay that follows shows how I do the same. As these early
autumn days arrive, and for various reasons, particularly today, I seek
respite, I go into nature, immerse myself in Her, allow myself to be
healed by Her.
When you feel world-weary - where is it that you go,
what is it that you do to restore your own Soul, Dear Reader?
Coltsfoot seed heads, blowing in the wind
Hills and valleys, rivers and streams - this bark is furrowed with the world on its surface and draws me to it again and again
Inquisitive and friendly Welsh Black cattle - two mothers and two calves.
The last few weeks logging work on Forestry Commission land. Clearance has been going on in several areas - with good wood harvested, but so much debris left on the ground that could supply many cottage homes through the winter just with the effort of collecting it up.
The most beautiful colours of autumn, appearing in abundance now............But still, I am surrounded by this cathedral of greenery as I walk the sunlight-dappled road back home