One Autumnal Day

The path I walked was high hedged with narrow views,
gaps in the hedgerow offered enticing glimpses.
The banks too steep, too high to climb.
Life beyond the deep path, an aspiration.

I had accepted this as my route, happy with my view,
nature fully alive around me as I walked on my way.
I met occasional travellers as I walked,
some at peace, others full of dreams or regrets.

Taking a rest one fine autumn evening,
a gap in the hedge unnoticed, lay before me.
Then a hand offered itself through the hedge,
with some hesitation I accepted the offer.

Nervously I crawled through the hedge,
holding tightly to the offered hand.
Thorns scratching at my clothes, hampering my escape.
Finally I see an autumnal blue sky above me.

Now I stand with a companion by my side,
looking back at the hedge as the gap fills in.
Open fields stand before us, full of possibilities,
making our own path as we walk

I feel warm sun on my skin, gentle warm breezes on my face.
Winter now pushed to the back of my mind
as we take our first tentative steps together.
Enjoying the late summer sun, taking life on once again.

Words and Image ©2011 Trevor Litchfield

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A Day Trip! Well maybe….

Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich

Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich (Image by Xavier de Jauréguiberry via Flickr)

My weekly trawl through the back ends of the BBC News website today found me looking at something that really interests me and it may even involve a day out!

I think you may already have noticed that I’m a bit of a Science Fiction geek, well it seems that The British Library is to hold a Science Fiction Exhibition over the summer months. The exhibition is called Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it The Exhibition is open from Fri 20 May 2011 – Sun 25 Sep 2011, it will be held in the PACCAR Gallery and entry is free. A day trip up to the Smoke methinks

While I was on the subject of a day out, I had a look at the website for The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, I literally live about a ten minute walk from this place yet I’ve never visited it, perhaps I should. At the moment they have an exhibition called Basketry: Making Human Nature which looks very interesting. Then over the summer they have an exhibition of photography called A World Observed 1940 – 2010: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm, again something I would find very interesting as I enjoy photography.

I guess these sorts of events are on everyone’s doorstep if only we were to search them out. I enjoy a day at the museum and we have a fantastic museum right here in Norwich yet I’ve only visited it twice in the 20 odd years I’ve lived in Norfolk yet they have regular art exhibitions. Perhaps it’s time I started looking a bit deeper into what is on offer here right on my doorstep, Norwich is an old city with plenty to offer yet I seem to ignore most of it, perhaps through ignorance or more likely, not taking the time to open my eyes to what is around me.

I sound like a tourist information pamphlet tonight

Blip

War Memorial to Danish Seamen during WWII @ Sizewell Beach, Suffolk

I may not be beautiful, or the sexiest, nor do I have a perfect body. I may not be someone’s first choice, but I should be. I don’t pretend to be someone I’m not, because I’m good at being me. I’m proud of who I am today, and who I will become in the future. Take me as I am or watch me as I go, the choice is yours – I’ll be just fine either way, will you? Post this if you’re proud of being you!

My sister is fond of updating her Facebook status with such sayings. I’ve no idea where she gets them from but I have to admit I rather like this one that she used today. It says a lot about how we see ourselves and in some way lets people know how we would like to be treated and thought of by others.

I did get to my doctors today and he seems to think it was a one off blip in my medication! It felt otherwise to me but he is the professional in these matters; I will be back to see him again in two weeks unless I get another day like last Thursday.

I really wish I had more to say, my mind seems all fogged up again.

Before everything changed for me I used to take regular trips to our local coastline. On these trips I would always take my camera and photograph whatever I saw. One of our favourite beaches oddly enough was Sizewell beach in Suffolk; not because we got a nice warm paddle no matter what time of year we visited but because it is one of very few beaches that is dog friendly throughout the year. One of the things that would catch my eye every visit would be this set of oars cast in bronze to commemorate the thirty two brave Dutchmen who attempted to land on this piece of shoreline.

 

Writing on one of the oars, Click on image to see a larger image

Weekly Photo Challenge (Abundance)

 

Lapwing

Lapwing

 

Shoveler

Shoveler

 

 

Widgeon

Widgeon

 

 

 

Widgeon

Widgeon

 

 

Montjac

Muntjac Deer

I was really struggling to come up with anything for today’s post, then I saw the Daily Post helper thingy was also the weekly photo challenge. I know these photos were taken a couple of years ago but they show the abundance of wildlife at this time of year little more than a short train ride from where I live, yet I live on the edge of a reasonably sized city. These photos were taken by yours truly out at Strumpshall Fen and the surrounding countryside during a time when I owned a camera capable of taking much better photos than these. It’s all about the eye and skill of the photographer, not the camera itself.

Oh, and the Muntjac Deer was photographed at RSPB Minsmere, although shy this little lady followed us around nearly all day.

Sorry to be lazy today.

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