Last weekend, we couldn't be bothered driving far for our usual walk by the coast so husband and I donned our practical footwear and headed off on foot to the local estate and woods just outside our village. We used to take the children there a lot at one time, as it's a wonderful natural adventure playground with lots of hidden paths and even a kind of assault course deep inside the woods. And at this time of year, the daffodils still provided a splash of gold to brighten up the various shades of green and brown.
It's a long walk from the entrance, some of which is gradually uphill, but what an inspiring morning out. Apart from the odd family car passing us by, the peace and tranquility enveloped us as we wandered past ancient trees and enjoyed the sunshine and bird song. We also like to chat while out for a walk, away from computers, emails and online work, taking the chance to catch up on each other's hopes and dreams for what we hope to achieve this year, or where we want to go together.
Then we came to one of my favourite views. From the little bridge, you can see part of the old Victorian kitchens at the head of the stream, and this time the colourful plants in the foreground only added to the beauty. I could stand there for ages just drinking in the scene, and allowing my creative mind to start weaving the beginning of a story or poem. The other hobby I enjoy is capturing the images and scenes on camera.
We only had a glimpse of the graceful large house at the top of the estate, and we bypassed the little shop and cafe and car park, preferring to keep to the solitude of being the only people walking the whole way that morning. As well as the exercise and fresh spring air, we both came back in a more reflective and inspired state of mind. As far as interludes go, it's one we're going to have to repeat!