‘Going into the woods is going home’ John Muir Whenever I get the chance, I slip away into green spaces and drink in all the beauty that surrounds me – the beckoning stillness, the rustle of leaves, the patient wait of woodland flowers, the rap of the woodpecker and the calling cry of circling buzzards. [...]
‘Easy like Sunday morning’ is one of my favourite songs and there is nothing easier than a soulful, stroll along the Danube, or the Donau as it is known in Vienna. Heading out for a walk, run or cycle is quite a Viennese thing to do. The river becomes a hive of activity for the [...]
It is a wet day yet again. The rain taps lightly, but persistently, on the conservatory roof. Wherever I have been in recent days, the rain has arrived shortly after. I am being to suspect it is following me around. The birds don’t seem to mind. A group of starlings are busy fighting on the [...]
I was reflecting the other day on my impending return home to Lancashire to see my mum. Since I left the place of my birth, I have tried to visit her regularly, but that usually meant a weekend. Time is short, and so it has been rare to have the opportunity to revisit the wild [...]
I took a walk out of my front door this morning to see what I could see. After lots of rain and grey, dull clouds, the pale blue sky and golden light were a feast for the eyes, and I couldn’t resist. My routine has changed recently, and so it has been harder to get [...]
There is much evidence that spending time in woods and forests is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. Time in nature and particularly in woodlands and forest has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels, by encouraging time away from computer screens, artificial light and noise. Find out how to gain the benefits of time in the Forest.
I follow Robert Macfarlane on twitter and particularly look forward to reading his word definition tweets. One that caught my attention recently was an Irish/ Gaeilge word, “ciúnas gan uaigneas”, which literally means “quietness without loneliness” A phrase, he explains, that carries a sense of peaceful solitude, of being beyond the usual chaos & noise. I [...]