The brilliant Manneskjur has introduced a new series called 'Nature Seekers' which is all about us grown ups getting out into nature and enjoying all the benefits that brings.
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.
Well, this is right up my street. I am extrememely fortunate to live on a farm, and can step out into the beautiful Somerset countryside just by leaving the farmhouse. I get out with my two boys every day, but I am increasingly trying to have some me time on walks with my dog, too. Love my boys as I do, it is just so restorative to get out on my own - enjoy the peace. Listen to the birds. Look closely at my surroundings - spotting things I wouldn't really have a chance to with a 3 and a 1 year old in tow!
This series of photo's was taken the other day out walking Ruby (my 6 month old black Lab). The field is called Gotton Down Woodside - it's part of a big field called Gotton Down, but it's the bit that is by the woods - hence 'woodside'. I love walking in this field as it borders the top of the very lovely Hestercombe Gardens wood, plus I can see the yurt field from here too, and in the evening when we have yurters in - I love seeing the children running about in the yurt field, or the woodburners going, or the campfire in full swing - depending on the time and the weather :)
At the bottom of the field are these two old Oak stumps - long left to be eaten up by the wildlife, and I never like to get too close as I'm sure there will be a wasp nest somewhere in there! They are mighty though.
I tried to take a slow pace on this walk and really look for details. The juxtaposition of the blue wildflowers flowers behind the man made barbed wire really stood out to me. And while I was looking at the barbed wire, I also noticed the thick and wiry cow's hair that has been rubbed off - a detail I would never have noticed unless I was intentionally looking for details. I also loved spotting this lovely plant making its home in the recently reconstructed dry stone wall - I just love how nature takes over! It's really evident that Autumn is on its way now, with all the flowers going to seed. A few more images from my walk - I always think the woods look a bit like a jungle in places :)