Enjoying Nature

Growing up I was too bothered about what my friends were enjoying or too afraid of nearby dogs to enjoy the great outdoors. It’s only as an adult I appreciated the wonders of nature, especially the green grass and rolling hills of my home in the north west of England.

My husband and friends cycling in the hills near us.

As a young adult I lived in the south-east for three years and missed those hills, but enjoyed the salty air of the sea and sand through my toes from the beaches I lived near. In my early 20’s I spent 3 months travelling the USA and Canada enjoying the tremendous landscapes they have there. Then on the plane home my heart swelled to see how green and luscious the British Isles are.

Taken when i went skiing with friends in Banff, Canada 2003?
Now that I’m pretty much housebound I appreciate the outdoors more than ever. I’m glad I had time to take advantage of the countryside before I became ill. It brings to mind what the poet James Barrie said

God gave us memories, that we might have June roses in the December of our lives.

The memories I have with my family and friends and being away from civilisation and enjoying natures beautiful scenery, are sweet roses in this time of my life.

Taken a couple of weeks ago at the bottom of Rivington, a few steps from the car park
I’m never too far from civilisation now. It’s hard for people to push a wheelchair that far off the beaten track. I do, however, love and feel very grateful for any opportunity I have to be outside, breathing fresh air and being surrounded by an expanse of nature. In the words of Fennel Hudson

The real world, in my opinion, exists in the countryside, where Nature goes about her quiet business and brings us greatest pleasure.

Fennel Hudson, A Meaningful Life – Fennel’s Journal – No. 1

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Learning BSL

I love to read and blog, when I’m able, but then I thought I should probably use some of my brain power (when I have it) to learn a new skill. A new skill can boost confidence, widen your social circle and open up opportunities.

My sister is a qualified interpreter in British Sign Language. She taught me a bit of sign when my eldest was younger and wasn’t speaking. It worked a treat in helping us communicate with him. It also got me thinking how necessary learning sign language is to be able to communicate with a large percentage of people who use it as their only form of communication.

I started by learning the alphabet


and then found these great videos on YouTube to kick me off.

And if I needed more reasons to learn sign language, then I really like these that I found on the Deafbecomesher blog.

Are you or have you learned any new skills? Have they been of benefit? Tell me how in the comments 😊

Word of Wisdom

Summer is my favourite season. I absolutely adore and mentally thrive being outdoors, and I’m able to be out a little more because warmth helps a little.

We eat a lot of junk though, everybody would rather be outside doing something fun than cook a meal. So we end up with the processed, easy option.

In one of my previous posts I wrote about mindful eating. I’ve really tried to incorporate this into my life. My healthy eating ebbs and flows throughout the year, but being mindful of my eating helps me take away the guilt and has encouraged me to increase the healthier food throughout the unhealthy periods of my diet because I am aware that my body needs the right fuel. I definitely recommend it, if you are looking to change your lifestyle for the long term.

I’ve spent a lot of the past few years trying to work out what diet is right for my health and now I have a family I want to find the diet that will fit with all of us. There’s a lot of advice out there. It takes a while to sift through it all and decide which is right. My church have a Word of Wisdom which is a health code we’re expected to live by.

The principles of the Word of Wisdom are
• Abstaining from alcohol, tea and coffee, tobacco and drugs.
• Eat meat sparingly.
• Make use of herbs and grains.
We are also advised to
• Avoid extremes and fads.

While sifting through all the information there is about diets and food, I think these are good, sound principles to follow that make healthy sense.

It also promises great things as a result of living by it, such as

“health in their navel and marrow to their bones;

And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;

And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint”

D&C 89:18-20

Although I like the idea of running and not be weary and walking and not feeling faint very much the quote below says, it is not a promise of perfect health right now, but it will keep your mind and body working to the best that it is able.

When you have an illness without known cause or cure it’s easy to spend countless hours searching for the key to perfect health and try all sorts of remedies. Some help, some don’t, but giving your mind and body it’s best fighting chance just makes sense to me.

I hope you are enjoying summer as much as you are able 😀