After a few down days when I couldn't see the wood for the trees I discovered that going to the woods was significant to help me cope with situations which are out of my control. When I am in a wood or a park I leave my fraught often distressed thoughts behind me whilst absorbing the wonders of nature instead.
The National Trust asked a question on Twitter: The peace, the quiet, the inspiration? What do you love most about a woodland?
I had no hesitation in replying: @nationaltrust I walk in the woods to relieve stress, being close to nature is wonderful it inspires my mind plus quality time with dad
Please bear in mind I only have 144 characters to form my reply on Twitter.
This is exactly how I feel when we go out together. Recently we have only been out for very short periods of time but each one has reaped benefits for my mind.
We were at the library this week and decided to visit the park before we went home. Well, we had the joy of horse chestnuts/conkers deluging down from the trees! I have never experienced this before and it may seem simplistic but it made both of us smile that day! If someone had taken our photo I am sure you would smile too as we both filled every pocket we had with autumn's bounty. I had cargo type trousers in with a pocket on each leg. When my gilet pockets were full I did the unheard off for me and filled the extra pockets on my trouser legs. I blush to say the pockets were so full and heavy that my trousers started to slip down as we walked back to the car! Dad filled up large handkerchiefs plus his pockets as neither of us had a bag. We laughed a lot as every time the wind blew more chestnuts landed and we became addicted to picking them up and 'no' nobody was paying us to clear the park up. Ok we had to leave some as we risked dropping the ones we gathered plus time was moving on. We had a bounty to take home and best of all I forgot about my worries and enjoyed our detour to the park.
You may be wondering why this blog is titled 'Plus and minus' I think it's clear by now that I love my iPhone 6 Plus but this left me minus my iPhone 5. I am sure you are putting the puzzle together by now.... dad of 'alongcamedad' fame has now acquired my iPhone 5 and is progressing in his new found technical life. I know people who know me well will understand my fussy ways of doing things. I didn't realise how fussy I was until I noticed dad wrapping up his iPhone in an extra cloth and swiping the apps closed when he has finished using them. Oh the saying 'just like dad' has now changed to dad being 'just like daughter'! He has watched how I treat my iPhones over the years and thinks this is how everyone carries and cleans their phones. I will be buying twice the amount of cloths now that I have taught dad to keep the screen clean and wrap his phone up carefully before putting it in his pocket.
I am chuffed to say he is starting to use it without me prompting, although perhaps I should worry if he thinks the plus is positively for him and I can be minus as my pockets are too small!
I hope you enjoy the photos and will have a look in my 6 Plus gallery as I have added some new photos, completely unedited to illustrate the detail as seen through the lens of the iPhone 6 Plus
I am chuffed to say he is starting to use it without me prompting although perhaps I should worry if he thinks plus is positively for him and I can be minus as my pockets are small! (minus my plus)
I hope you enjoy the photos and will have a look in my6 Plus gallery as I have added some new photos, completely unedited to illustrate the detail as seen through the lens of the iPhone 6 Plus
I am having difficulties reading today after a major headache my left eye is totally blurred so I am thankful I had typed this blog on my iPhone last night.