These past few weeks seem to have gone by in a bit of a blur. Work is relentlessly busy and sometimes it feels like there is no time to do anything else. I’m sure we must all feel like that from time to time. Thankfully, though, the longer evenings allow for a quick potter around the garden after work, or a precious half hour sowing seeds, or a walk with Boris around the neighbourhood. And although May got off to a bit of dodgy start (well, actually, it was freezing), the sun has returned this weekend, making it more like the May we all know and love with spring bursting forth wherever you look.
I often think to myself that it’s the so called ‘little things’ that enrich our days and that when I am in my older years, these are the things I will be glad I captured. Here’s a few of those ‘little things’ that have caught my eye or made me smile in the last few weeks.
A close encounter with a squirrel. Admittedly, this little chap is an American grey and not our native red squirrel. Sadly, our local population of reds is under threat from habitat loss and from the growing population of grey squirrels. It was in fact a single incident that led to the spread of the grey squirrel. Back in 1911, 12 of them were brought over to Ireland from England as a wedding present and they subsequently escaped. By the 1960s, they had reached north of the border and have colonised much of the countryside ever since. I guess it’s not this little guy’s fault though and although he may not be entirely welcome, he is still cute !
A walk through the woods, frothing over with cow parsley and wild garlic and that beautiful dappled light
Glorious, glorious apple blossom
Words of wisdom on a tree (thank you Roald Dahl – I love this !)
A riverside walk…I wish I could have lingered a little longer…
Quiet moments at home with my two boys…
Dusk on a May evening…
What have you been enjoying or appreciating these past few weeks? Feel free to share your ‘Pause for Thought’ moments in the comments below.
Have a lovely Sunday x