Nature Seekers #7

Misty Woods

Misty Woods

I can honestly say that in the ten or twenty years before we moved here I had never really looked at a sweet chestnut casing, stopped to admire the intricacies of lichen on an iron gate or thought about the magnificence that lay within a rhododendron bud waiting to erupt. Oh how I have missed out!
— Mich

Today's Nature Seekers is from a dear lady, Michelle who blogs at Mummy From The Heart. A friend that I've made through blogging, Mich is one of the most genuine and kindest people that you are ever likely to meet. All words and images are Michelles.


Lake

Lake

About fifteen months ago my family moved from a fairly large town in the Home Counties down to the Sussex countryside. Never did I imagine what a massive effect this move would have on me, not in terms of giving up work or leaving my home and friends. The biggest change was my desire to get outside and to enjoy where I’m living. I’m immensely lucky to have an old stone house in a 220 acre country estate and I’ve made it my mission to explore every inch of that acreage.

It doesn’t matter what the weather is, putting my trainers on and going for a nice long walk with my camera changes an ordinary or dull day into something really special. Never again will I take God’s amazing creation for granted, I’ve learned so much since I’ve been here. Who knew that the trees and fungi could teach me about beauty, imperfections and valuing difference?

Very often I walk the same route around one or two of the lakes here and it would be easy to assume that I have grown used to my view and now take it for granted but one of the things I promised myself when I moved here was that I would remain in awe of what I see. We have been here a full year now and I’ve watched the seasons change and the landscape morph from one smorgasbord of colour to the next and I’m still not bored. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of being here amongst nature at its very best.

Lichen on railings 

Lichen on railings 

Sweet chestnut

Sweet chestnut


No more missing out though, I’ll keep on taking my walks, being grateful for what I get to see and experience and capturing it all on camera ready for the day when I only have my memories to rely on and I sadly no longer live here.

Let me share with you a few of the reasons why I adore it here –

If you enjoyed reading this why not let Mich know? You can find her on Twitter @michelletwinmum


About Nature Seekers

The Nature Seekers series is a collection of photos, experiences and words of being outdoors, actively seeking time with nature. It's a small and focused series and I'd love for anyone who feels passionately about spending time outdoors or who is moved to try it, to get in touch to be featured here. Your photos, words, thoughts, experiences, memories - anything that involves you and nature.This is purely a series about adults and nature, this isn't about time enjoyed with your child outdoors, this is time enjoyed just by you. It's a stepping back from a busy lifestyle, from time online and reconnecting with nature, clearing your mindspace and how that enhances your life.