'I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out 'til sundown, for going out, I found was really going in.' John Muir

I've seen the top of Everest (from a long way off), smelled the breath of a whale (from way too close) and lived on a boat in Greece (for a few years), but I continue to experience some of my most precious moments right outside my backdoor.

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Monday, 2 June 2014

No Place Like Home

Sometimes I need help to appreciate my own backyard.  Like Dorothy, it takes a journey over the rainbow and a few adventures before I remember ‘there’s no place like home’.
It’s good to be still after 4000 miles in the campervan.

I'm not the only one who's come home.Wading through bluebells at Coed y Felin I hear a pied fly-catcher.  I’m always startled at how they find their way from Africa to this small patch of Flintshire woodland.  A dapper male sings, 'tree-tree, once more I come to thee.' 

While shopping for plants in Mold market, I hear swifts screaming overhead. Young swifts spend their first two or three years in constant flight.  I grin at them charging up and down the high street sky like a gang of teenagers. 

I visit Moel Famau where
the call of a cuckoo fills the spaces between the clouds. People stop on the hill,tilt their heads to one side and smile. Skylarks sing high over acid green bilberry shrubs that promise a tongue-staining bounty in late summer. 

Drinking tea at the welcoming Shepherd's Hut, I watch small children tumble down the heathery hill as a willow warbler tumbles down the scales. 

At my Yoga class we do an invigorating sequence that involves firing an arrow and hurling a thunderbolt. It’s about aiming for goals and achieving them.

Right now my goal is to simply ‘BE’ and there’s no better place to be than at home in Flintshire.
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Barry Hankey said...

Thanks, Sarah. The Shepherds' Hut looks fascinating. Will have to make a detour to look it up.

Moel Famau Shepherds Hut said...

Thank you, Sarah for sharing the photo of the Shepherds Hut.

Barry, you would be very welcome - we are up there Friday/Sat/Sunday at the moment....more often when the school holidays arrive.

The bike shed said...

Hello Sleepy Sparrow. I've been distracted a while, but back writing now. Funnily enough there's a link / reference to Over the Rainbow on my blog today.

Oh and saw a cuckoo the other day - you know I think it's the first time I've ver seen one.