All the little seemingly insoluble problems are rearing their heads and it’s becoming increasingly harder to live in the moment, drawing us constantly to the anxiety and excitement of the future and leaving us a little listless. As if that weren’t enough to stay on top of term has begun and with it my work load has once again spiked.
When life gets a bit too much both of us like to retreat to nature. Not only do we have one of the more beautiful cities in England on our doorstep but we also have extensive farmland, woodland and the river Thames within stumbling distance of our house. And they’re criss-crossed by so many public rights of way that we’re still delightedly discovering new ones each time we go out, despite having lived here for several years. I find that nature grounds and re-centres me after a working week that will have inevitably pushed me a little off balance. This is the nature of work for me, my needs don’t always match the demands of my job and the former inevitably end up getting pushed to one side. Nature demands nothing of you but that you exist in the moment and appreciate what it has to offer. Being out in the fresh air and the countryside helps me reconnect with and take care of myself. It also gives Mickey and I some time together, away from technological distractions and importantly, allows us to indulge the inner child and horse about like small children! As microadventures enjoy growing popularity and we’re increasingly encouraged to enjoy our immediate environs we thought a post of our own doorstep adventures would be a fitting illustration that you don’t need to travel miles from home to have an adventure. Adventure is the spirit you enter into life with – open your eyes to the world around you and you’ll be surprised and delighted at what you might find. Mickey has an eye for detail that I think really captures the beauty we experience on our walks, here are some pictures he’s snapped along the way…we hope it inspires you to explore more. Enjoy!