So another hobby I love is photography (amateur of course)… I’ve been getting to know my Cannon Digital SLR EOS 600D quite well during this bloody Pandemic!
I love messing about with settings, features, lighting & learning all about the different focus shots – like a child with a new toy!!
Now, by all means I’m no pro but its nice to sit down at a computer & edit those photos, adding the finishing touches. I’m sharing a few snaps from last year – when I was in Ireland with my little family and experimenting with Canon (along with a little haiku) 🥰📸
Life through a clear lens
Precious moments are captured
Pictures of beauty
This past year has made us realise the importance of the simple pleasures in life, and how beneficial it can be to our overall wellbeing: now we’ve learned to slow down, becoming more mindful.
Have ‘you’ discovered new hobbies during the pandemic?
Have a lovely day, enjoying the hobbies you find fulfilling: if its being snap happy or the little luxuries ‘you’ are grateful for 🙏
As it comes to the end of ‘mental health awareness week’ (mental health foundation UK – a very worthy foundation) and its promotion on connecting more with nature, I reflect on the importance of this awareness. I feel a strong connection to nature and it is so beneficial to my mental wellbeing – especially throughout these uncertain times that ‘you’ and I find ourselves in. I’ve connected vastly with the outdoors throughout this pandemic.
It sounds so simple and it is: stepping outside, soaking up the outdoors and all that beauty – while getting a good blast of fresh air in the process! I know the thoughts sometimes seem harder than the actual doing! But ‘you’ start to reap the benefits from doing so…
Onto that lovely word called ‘kindness’
I shared the following poem about being kind as one of my first blog posts (I’m 2 months blogging now, so still a newbie 😉), and I’m sharing it with you again. With it being ‘mental health awareness week’ I think ‘kindness’ is so important and how a little bit goes such a long way. Its one of the first poems I wrote when I first started writing poetry during this pandemic.
Thank you, it’s nice to be kind
A gentle smile, a heartfelt word, clears the cloud from my mind: lifting me out of the darkest of places ‘thank you’ it’s nice to be kind. A little text with those words ‘I’m here’ travels the length of the earth – the racing mind slowly calms from every word and its worth.
In a world portraying so much anger yet still has so much beauty – spreading kindness every day is undoubtedly everyone’s duty. Be kind you say, how hard is this in a world with so much confusion? kindness helps one another, without the fear and intrusion.
To someone in need a simple hello or even a chat over tea – is the greatest gift for a person to thrive and also to somewhat feel free. A withered flower blossom’s again and is no longer blind. Lifting me out of the darkest of places, ‘thank you’ it’s nice to be kind.
– Bernie Egerton June 2020
Kindness is so easy
Little gestures – heartfelt words
The ‘kind’ that matters
Thank ‘you’ for taking the time to read my post 💖🙏. Be gentle and kind with yourself; may it be filled with lovely walks/jogs/cycles (whatever you enjoy) kindness and surrounded by the beauty of loved ones and nature 🌲🌱🌻
Have a beautiful day and keep smiling – you’ve got this 🙏💫
Thinking back to my travelling/backpacking days (a big passion of mine back in the early 2000’s) there were certain places that stood out as tranquil. For me, these places were:
Uluru in Australia
Ningaloo reef – swimming/snorkelling along the west coast of Australia
Falling asleep in swags under the stars, along the Great Ocean Road (pure bliss)
Sunrise at Machu Picchu after a tough 3 day trek
Camping in Chiang Mai Thailand
Lake Matheson (reflection lake) New Zealand
Trindade Brazil (when it was so quiet while swimming through the warmest of waters with a small group of people in the rain)
These places for me were the epitome of tranquility 🙏.
I’ve travelled with friends and also alone. I enjoyed both and for different reasons.
Out of all the places I’ve travelled, its the peaceful, relaxing journeys that stand out as memorable. Oh I enjoyed the nights out, parties, crazy activities (bungy jumping in Nevis & sky diving) and a bit of banter when travelling, who doesnt/didnt? But the natural places of beauty, the outdoors and camping trips are what stands out from my backpacking days!
Do you remember before social media? Social media wasnt a thing back in my backpacking days and I also had one of those cameras that needed photo films (very old school!) as digital cameras were only just starting out then. I had about twenty films to process once I returned home to Ireland (the excitement of waiting to see how those photos turned out). How times have changed so much over the past twenty years!
When all this Covid is over 🙏 I look forward to when we can take our girls to outdoorsy weekend breaks away in peaceful places of natural beauty, and back to where I grew up in beautiful Ireland. For now, we’re enjoying whats on our very own doorstep!
A river flowing
Calm through emerald valleys
Thank you for reading and have a lovely day. Stay safe, be kind, keep smiling and hope ‘you’ find moments of peace and stillness throughout.
What places of tranquilty stick out for ‘you’ when you travelled/backpacked and do you prefer travelling solo or with groups?
Some days you think “I’ve got the hang of this new lockdown way of life”, then others you think its difficult. Missing your family, friends, a fun day out, and even a trip to the hairdressers (goodness, my roots are very ashen looking these days!) All the things you take for granted. Going out for a good blast of fresh air to blow off those cobwebs – really helps your soul. I love going for a walk, soaking up the outdoors and snapping a few beautiful nature pics along the way.
Here in England, all non essential shops are re-opening soon and outdoor dining – so it will make it that bit easier and hopefully avoid another spike in cases – lets remain focussed & optimistic
Breathe in that fresh air, notice all that beauty that surrounds you and go with each day as it comes. This is new to you and I, but we’re riding this storm together, learning and growing each day and have been for over a year now. Days filled with hope are here, now a vaccine is well and truly rolling out.
Sitting in the garden with a hot cuppa, a stroll in the park while the sun is shining and watching your family playing together: the simple little precious mindful moments that make a challenging time seem so much brighter. Focussing on whatever those ‘special’ things are, that make all the difference in ‘your’ life.
Be kind to yourself and be gentle to yourself. There is so much love and hope surrounding you during a time, when some days it really does feel like that light is harder to grasp. Some days are challenging, and thats ok. Focus on what gives ‘you’ joy.
Heres to the light at the end of that long pandemic tunnel getting closer each day.
Stay safe, keep smiling and keep writing!
What gets ‘you’ through these times of uncertainty? ❤
I wrote this reflective poem, just after a mindful walk. Being present, focussing on nature and the beauty that surrounds you, while appreciating the small but important things; makes such a difference!
Lost in the Moment of Life and its Art
A Flock of wild birds they fly in chilled air I walk, embracing the earths open heart. A seagull it sweeps, alone with no care lost in the moment of life and its art. The ring of church bells, white tracks, a blue sky, children, they giggle dog walkers pass by. Bare trees that stand tall with nests where birds grew, leaves lying crumpled and soggy from dew. Clear beads as they rest on blades of green grass, autumn alive, soft clouds as they pass. A squirrel, It dances, I watch, he’s aware, Its bushy long tail, he captures my stare. This vision absorbed, the rush is no more, nature alive unlocking my core. Connections so strong I open my heart, lost in the moment of life and its art