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Ferns

“Spread a fern frond over a man’s head and worldly cares are cast out and freedom and beauty and peace come in.” John Muir

On Tuesday, Exhibit A and I had a photo adventure in the woods. It was food for my soul. I’m lucky enough that he only lives a couple of miles from me so we’ve been able to see quite a bit of each other over the last few months, through doorstep drops of tasty treats and an occasional wander in a park. There’s been a couple of times where I’ve had a physical pang of missing him, when I wished we could be hanging out on my sofa rather than talking to each other from a garden gate, but on the whole apart from the lack of physical intimacy I don’t think lockdown has been too hard on us. On occasions I’ve probably felt closer to him than in before times.

But getting on a train and spending the afternoon wandering around the woods, taking photos of each other and idle chatting was a dose of ‘normal us’ coming back. Of course, while Liv is still on her current contract we have keep physically distanced so whereas as it would usually be back to mine after an afternoon out this time it was tea and wagon wheels on opposite ends of a big log and then me on the train and him in the car. But I woke up the next morning with the same contented feeling I do after one of our really great date nights.

This week has felt a world away from last week where it suddenly all just got too much and I cried for five hours one evening and then started again the next morning when I woke up. As well as mine and EA’s photo adventure, I was able to hang out with one of the other recipients of my daily photos (hallelujah!) and time has been spent in drizzly gardens and sunny woods with friends. Add to this the fact my hairdresser phoned to book me in for mid-July (almost deserving of another hallelujah!) and my Pilates studio is taking bookings for a few weeks’ time and it’s almost like my life is coming back to me. Things won’t be the same for a long time (if ever) but the things that are creeping in bring joy and hope.

Sinful Sunday

5 Comments

  1. So much beautiful green. Yay to glimpses of the old life, one day we’ll be able to see people again.

    And that’s a perfect Scavenger Hunt location…just saying 😉

  2. This is really beautiful. I don’t know why, but I always associate you most of all with photos like this, which are beautiful and green and make me yearn to be outside. I’m really glad that you have things creeping into your life bringing joy and hope.

  3. I love this image and how you are framed by the beautiful lush green

    molly

  4. This is such a beautiful image – I am happy to see you outdoors again! Your images are always so beautiful x

  5. This is a wonderful picture! And I am glad to hear that there are things that you are looking forward to!

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