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#FeelGoodPhotoOfTheDay – Heavenly Heather

Heather Haze

#FeelGoodPhotoOfTheDay – Heavenly Heather

So in a difficult time for many people, around the world, I thought I would try to share more of my images that are simply about something beautiful. I hope everyone will find some peace and pleasure in these images. We all need to take good care of our mental wellbeing as well as keeping ourselves as safe as possible throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

Remember:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20secs, regularly
  • If you have symptoms, including a persistent cough or fever, self isolate at home for 14 days, along with all members of your household
  • Do not contact the NHS unless you have urgent need
  • Work from home if you can
  • Avoid non-essential contact with others. Keep 2m distance between yourself and others if you have to go out
  • Avoid all unnecessary travel at home or abroad
  • Avoid gatherings with friends or family, use other means to keep in touch
  • Be mindful of those in at-risk categories, including the over 70’s and those with underlying health conditions

For at-risk groups this is a very difficult time indeed as we are being asked to stay at home, in isolation, for up to 12 weeks. If, like me, you are in this category please do try to find remote places you can get to by car for exercise and fresh air. This is really important for your mental wellbeing! I will be going to a few nature reserves and parks where I know I can distance myself from other people. Ask family, friends or neighbours if they can pick up shopping or prescriptions for you. If you live with someone who is at-risk, you are advised to self-isolate as far as possible to help protect those you live with.

If you are NOT in the at-risk category, could you perhaps offer some support to anyone local to you who is?

Take care of yourselves and those around you! We will get through this x

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This Is Bliss

This Is Bliss

This Is Bliss

This image just had to be the one to share today for ShareMondays2018, Fotospeed and the WexMondays challenges! We’ve been away to Shropshire and Worcester this weekend visiting parents-in-law. Driving over the Long Mynd on Saturday afternoon was glorious! Fast-moving clouds shifting the light and shadow across the heathers and bracken, short sharp showers and a real freshness in the air. The countryside up there looks positively verdant compared to much of Surrey, still parched from the long, hot summer! I had hoped to see some ponies and got lucky near the second car park. I can’t walk very far at all, but they were just in range for me to ramble my way over. The group had five mares, a gorgeous foal and this fabulous stallion! He posed among the heather for a while, knowing full well just how beautiful and photogenic he is, but this particular moment brought such a grin to my face it became my instant favourite photo of the week. He’d wandered closer toward me and then sank to the ground to roll about with such a blissed-out expression on his face! That roll definitely hit the spot and reached that itch. They were a chilled-out family group, coming right up past me as they grazed. It was truly blissful perching on a rock watching them! Being away has limited how much processing I could get done so I will share some more images of the group later in the week, especially with the lovely foal!

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The Long View

The Long View

We came home today from Shropshire and as it was such a beautiful day we drove over the hills that overlook the cottage where Simon’s mum lives.

This is The Long Mynd and the views really are spectacular!

I’d like to add that this evening Simon’s daughter, Charlotte, gave birth to her second child, a little boy called Matthew Paul. Congratulations to you Charlotte, partner Danny and big brother Callum 🙂

Welcome to the World, Matthew! This is some of the awe-inspiring beauty that awaits you.

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Erica

Erica

I’ve been ever so tired today which is not really surprising! After the District Nurses came to re-dress my wound I managed a short walk around our gardens in the beautiful sunshine.

It’s still very cold here but the sun is most welcome and really lit up our spring flowers with a warm glow.

I’ve chosen this beautiful Spring Heather to share with you today. Winter/Spring Heathers are called Erica, from the latin word for heath or broom, and late Summer/Autumn Heathers are called Calluna from the Greek kallunein, “beautify, sweep clean”.

I write this as many hill farmers in Scotland are clearing their grazing lands by burning away the heather and long grasses.

Unfortunately, there have also been some serious wildfires breaking out in the west of Scotland after very cold but dry weather. Other parts of the country are still suffering from the unseasonable cold and snow.

Whilst I’m enjoying the beautiful heathers here in the South my heart goes out to everyone affected by the snows and wildfires in the North. Particularly our farmers!

For information on the fires visit the BBC at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-21999542

For information about varieties of Heather for Spring or Autumn visit the RHS at http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/searchbynameresults?nm=heather&op=0&pn=1