Living in a big city like London can be really hectic and noisy a lot of the time, so for me – a quiet country girl at heart – it’s been necessary to find somewhere peaceful close to home to soothe my soul and recharge my batteries. My everyday peaceful place is only a couple of minutes from our small first floor flat in East London – along the Leytonstone edge of Wanstead Flats. I can actually see part of it beckoning me from the living room window – I just come out of the front door, turn right, walk a couple of hundred yards down the street and there it is, dusty dirt path drawing me in straight from the street, open and airy and informally very non-city-like. I walk here often, all year round, wandering and pondering, chasing away the cobwebs and setting the world to rights… this was my view of Wanstead Flats this afternoon, a wide expanse of blue sky and deep layers of clouds pillowed over the earthy greens of grass and foliage… and after my relaxing walk I returned home calm and collected, nurtured by nature… 🙂
To have such spectacular wildflowers growing so comfortably within a big city is often a surprise to many people, residents and visitors alike, but here are this year’s beautiful bluebells flowering in Chalet Wood, Wanstead Park, East London. Some years they come slightly earlier, and some years they come a bit later, but their breath-taking abundance every spring never fails to make me smile 🙂
If I’m not colouring in mandalas, I’m probably colouring in various subjects in nature – plants, animals, or fish – or artistic representations thereof! Curvy, swirly lines that flow from corner to corner, edge to edge… relaxing and rejuvenating 🙂
For this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’m colouring my way through the alphabet – what fun!
Out for a walk on Wanstead Flats earlier on today, I saw in amongst all the usual greeny brown trees a bush completely covered in what from afar looked like orangey red berries. Intrigued, I went closer to have a look and found to my surprise they weren’t berries, but tiny flowers! A few minutes later I noticed another flash of orange amongst the green of the grass, so explored further to see if this was another flower, but was delighted to see instead this butterfly sunning itself – I got quite close too, to take my picture, before it flew away. And then on the way home I took the shot of the ferns in the grass just because the little nuances of shape and colour of all the different fronds pulled me in. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and I smiled at the thought of living in London yet having such an abundance of nature right on my doorstep – some days it just feels good to be alive ❤
I saw these little orange beauties peeking out from the corner of a garden hedge along our street 🙂
Primary colours of spray-painted graffiti on an old brick wall framed and reclaimed by green ivy leaves, and dappled with sunlight – my take on ‘found art’ for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge 🙂
A monochrome swan for this week’s Cee’s Black & White Challenge: On the Water 🙂