Woods Mean Everything to Me – Oh Vienna!

Woods Mean Everything to Me – Oh Vienna!

‘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. [...]

The Healing of a Broken Heart

The Healing of a Broken Heart

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 [...]

Breathe the Free Air- invigorate your day!

Breathe the Free Air- invigorate your day!

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 [...]

When the Mist Descends

When the Mist Descends

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 [...]