Just a quick post this week.
Having recovered from half term madness we have been plunged into teething and high temperatures misery with the two year old. I'm 'letting go' of the to do list and indulging her with much needed constant cuddles.
One of the calmer activities of the half term was a wonderful Autumn walk at Chapel Wood. I can't think of a time when a visit to the woods hasn't revived me.
We often go when it's raining, as the trees provide shelter. But this day the weather was absolutely perfect.
The sun was shining and the colours were stunning. The kids climbed trees and hunted for sticks to turn into wands at home.
I feel that with the constant news of habitat loss and environmental destruction, I now cling on tighter to experiences like these, where everything feels perfect with the world.
As part of my continued quest for deeper appreciation of the natural world, I've been reading a book called 'Love Earth Now' by Cheryl Leutjen.
As well as demonstrating how to commit to a more verdant, healthy and peaceful planet without making yourself crazy, this book invites you to take part in 'Love Earth Invitations'.
Each chapter ends with an invitation to spend ten minutes to discover your own love for the planet and personal calls to action.
There's even a whole chapter on Forest Refueling, something we all need more of in our lives.
When was the last time you went for a walk in the woods?
I'll leave you with this video: The UK in 100 seconds.
What do the lands of the United Kingdom really look like? More trees please....
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Amy Jobes, North Devon artist with a passion for the environment
"If you truely love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" - Van Gogh