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 🙏
So things are starting to slowly open up again in England. Evenings are brighter, weather is just so lovely and there really is a buzz around the place. How are you feeling? Are the many months in lockdown making you feel nervous about normality returning and visiting places again? Its only normal to feel this way if you do. Its been a tough year.
I’m not going to rush back to non-essential shops just yet, but I’m enjoying meeting up with friends again for leisurely walks outside in parks, with take away coffees and a bit of banter!
I’ve really enjoyed the reflective work and my new hobbies (poetry writing and cardmaking), connecting more with nature and appreciating things you really took for granted when life was full of hustle and bustle before the pandemic.
Once cases get to a very low level, I’m really looking forward to getting back home to Ireland and seeing my family again. I’m sure you also look forward to that day and where you and I are mask free – with social distancing no longer being part of our norm.
This pandemic has changed us all in so many ways, having to deal with a huge wave of events, losing loved ones and having the virus. Its a time of constant reflection, looking at the small but important stuff that makes a huge difference to all our lives.
Throughout the pandemic I’ve been practicing mindful techniques and just being more ‘aware’ of the moment and appreciating the simple, yet powerful things in life.
So much beauty is out there when you stop, look around and look up.
On a recent walk with my daughter we discovered this little bee burrowing in the ground, flapping its little wings and it really was amazing to watch. We both enjoyed that moment in a little area with lots of pretty flowers. Nature is ‘always’ there.
Things are slowly going back to normal, new-found hobbies have surfaced throughout this pandemic and small mindful moments can be so precious.
Have a lovely day/evening, stay safe, keep smiling – look up and around you, enjoying those mindful moments ❤
It can be random, but so powerful at the same time. Have you ever been ready to buy a parking ticket then someone comes along, and hands you theirs as they leave? Or any type of little acts of kindness? It can be the simple little gestures that really touches you in such a heartfelt way.
During one of my walks recently, I happened to come across this beautiful little tree that was bursting with joy – filled with lots of lovely toys from children, crochet gifts and for anyone to take away if they needed to. It really did put a big smile on my face.
Throughout a time of great sadness in our world, its the little thoughtful things like this that can brighten your day and give ‘you’ that little bit of a lift and to show there is so much ‘kindness’ out there!
We all need a little lift and kindness to each other goes such a long way, no matter how big or small. Its the simple little things in life.
Look at shining stars Twinkling in darkened crisp skies Small lights of power
Stay safe, be kind, keep smiling, look out for each other and lift each other up ❤.
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? ❤
In a time of uncertainty, each step forward does count, even if you take a step back some days. Its hard when you’re on a journey like no other. You’re human, we all are, and on this rocky road together (with lots of splinters along the way).
In a time when going to the shops was a simple little task, not having to worry about sanitizing, wearing a mask and social distancing. Now we have all these little added extras to remember. A walk along the street dodging other walkers, keeping that distance and missing a tight hug from family and friends and a chat over coffee…
I know there are times where you think its like groundhog day (it is) and nothing to look forward to. But focus on what gives you comfort and joy. Maybe a blast of your favourite music, a funny show on netflix, a jog or a bit of new-found creativity. Whatever gives you that ‘bit’ of joy.
Some days you dont have to juggle everything and expect to be this ‘perfect’ person. Nobody is.
Sometimes the ‘little things’ are the big things, making all the difference to you – even during these difficult times we find ourselves In. I know you crave a good hug in a time of social distancing and time spent apart from your families.
I wrote the following poem during the first national lockdown last year, everyone was finding their own ways of coping and poetry was, and still is that outlet for me. Its ‘ok’ if you feel things are getting a bit too much during these unprecedented times. You’ve got this.
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 to make a person thrive and 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.