The Beauty that Surrounds Us

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How come we never stop to take in the beauty that surrounds us on cold winter days or rainy spring days? Why is it that the sun seems to be a natural relaxant, slowing us in our tracks and making us aware of what is so familiar to us?

Today as I walked the dog in the early morning sunlight I noticed the many different shades of green that coexist in the hedgerows of our laneway. I walked with no real purpose enjoying the early morning birdsong, taking in the sights, scents and sounds that surrounded me and wondering why this path never seems so inviting on a cold wet December morning.

The poetry of earth is never dead ~ John Keats

Reluctant to leave the lovely morning behind me I decided to have coffee on the back step (not quite a patio and definitely not a deck!) so that I could continue to enjoy our little bit of summer.

My very favorite way to start the day.



I eventually gave in and went inside but the pull from outside proved to much and I moved my work outdoors.







Sunny days always seem to have more hours than wet, gray days. Rather than sit working all day, I took a spin on my bike and thought I’d take a few photos and let you see what I see on a daily basis. The beauty that surrounds me, if you like.



Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu



I have been trying to stay in the moment recently, practising mindfulness.


This lovely weather is really helping me, on a windy, rainy day I would walk these highways and byways with my head down intent on getting home. The lovely summer sun has given me the opportunity to slow down and smell the roses!

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere. ~Vincent Van Gogh




Hope you enjoyed the sights I see and I can only imagine the beauty that surrounds you. Have a great week and thanks for taking the time to read my musings.


The Author

I'm living on the Leitrim border with my lovely husband and two terrific kids. It's the little piece of heaven that I dreamed of growing up. I work in Adult Education by day and during my free time I read, write, knit, plant and bake not always in that order. I blog about life, love, family and everything in between. Pull up a chair and have a browse while you're here. All the best, Karen

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