A bit of a wander

Both me and the dog are back home once again, melting in the heat. Ani appears to have been having a fair bit of fun… she has evidently been helping with a bit of house-painting; the black and white animal currently grinning at me from the sofa is, in patches at least, whiter than usual. I, on the other hand, am…at least in patches… redder than usual, having been caught unawares by the heatwave. While much of the exposed flesh has turned a nice golden brown, ‘driver’s arm’ was inevitable and the tan is a tad lopsided.

But that is fine. Between the workshop and our bit of a holiday, we have seen some amazing things, visited some incredible ancient sites and breathed in some of the most beautiful landscapes you could imagine.

First and foremost was the workshop…our main reason for going to Wales. But there was time for Stuart and me to meander a bit too… which was perfect as neither of us have been in the best of health lately. A proper rest, we thought, would do us the world of good.

And we rested well. We descended deep within the earth, climbed hills to reach unimaginable caverns, visited ancient churches and even older stones. We played with the waves, walked in the woods and climbed the odd mountain just for good measure.

And the odd thing is, that although we arrived home physically tired… we are rested. The beauty and silence of the land and the song of the ever-moving sea heal the soul in ways that a simple lack of movement cannot match.

We do not realise just how much we are assailed by artificial noise in our daily lives, or how aggressive and stressful it can be, until we listen in silence to the sounds of the earth.

The cry of a gull, the whisper of the wind in the grass, the buzzing of bees or the laughter of a stream, crystal clear and icy cold, falling from the mountainside… They echo and answer something within us that is overpowered and drowned by the noise of the modern world.

It is not until we step beyond the encircling walls of necessity and duty, taking time to just breathe and be, that we realise how far we are driven from our own essential nature by the demands of the world we have constructed. Although a few days ‘away’ may recharge the batteries, like any other battery that charge can only last for a limited period without being renewed.

But there are photographs…lots of photographs…and memories… and I get to share them. In doing so, I relive them and smile as the feeling and the inner silence return. We cannot live in the past…even one so beautiful as the past few days… but it does feed the present and for me, at present, there is a rich vein of renewal into which I can delve…

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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49 Responses to A bit of a wander

  1. A very good post and nice pictures. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. davidprosser says:

    Lovely pictures as always Sue, I’m so glad my country offered you rest within if not without.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  3. Adele Marie says:

    Beautiful photos. I love the shot of the water lapping against the shore. xxx

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  4. jenanita01 says:

    and the best bit of all, is that we can feel this peace and tranquility too and feel refreshed…


  5. tric says:

    Sounds perfect. When I go to Allihies the silence is deafening. As you say it’s only then I realise how much noise I live with. Not only traffic and people, but inner deadlines and internal never ending conversations.
    I’m more than ready for a break but I’ve s few weeks to wait yet.
    Great photos too.


  6. Mary Smith says:

    Lovely post and great photos – are you going to take us on some of those visits to caverns and ancient stones?


  7. We have such beautiful countryside to take advantage of in Britian, and I can see from your photos that you have enjoyed some of the best of it, Sue πŸ™‚


  8. Sounds like the perfect healing journey. ❀


  9. willowdot21 says:

    I feel rested just reading and looking at the photos! πŸ’—πŸ’œ


  10. Helen Jones says:

    There is a quietness in Wales unlike any I’ve experienced elsewhere. Sounds as though you had a wonderful trip for lots of reasons – love the photos and am quite jealous! xx


  11. I am so glad you got a much needed break. Getting out into nature is such a blessing. 😊


  12. Welcome back home. It has finally warmed up here. Ironically, it’s less hot here than there and that does not happen often. I’m glad to hear you tan. I always wished I could.. Wonderful pictures, as always!


  13. Thanks for sharing your descriptions and lovely pictures from your trip, Sue. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


  14. I am so glad that you and Stuart got a bit of a break, Sue. Nothing quite like it for rejuvenating the soul.


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