Sometimes all we need is just a little bit of nature to soothe the soul. A moment of nature, can help rejuvenate your mind and make you think more clearly. Even myself, I live in a busy city. This can cause much stress, when in the rush hour, but a moment in a park, a walk or a visit on transport to a forest can really help you feel better. And then you are ready to take on the world again.
This week I aim to go to more natural spaces, but still love the little gems in Birmingham, such as the Peace Gardens.
The Peace Gardens in BirminghamBirmingham, Cannon Hill Park
The Forest Tale I listened to you tell the tale Of the keeper of the forest. She knew the secrets of the ribbons These grew and cascaded on the living branches Each autumn they were FREE Each spring they grew nearer to me And grew inside of my seeping heart That burnt just like the nearest star. Until Livina placed her feet in the dark soil Living Breathing Constantly reproducing Loving all life forms around
Rushing everywhere! trying to get home, buy shopping, people look so very stressed sometimes. Friday I walked through the big city I work in. I often wish to leave the big city for solace. I was determined that day to achieve all the things I have said to my students… Please sometimes STOP and notice things around you! Experience this wonderful diverse city. I normally walk a little, then get on a bus/train to take me home. Missing obviously the buzz of the city, the aromas of the foods, the bright colours of the many shops and the little hidden parks, along the way. Beautiful colours of materials and architecture.
There are also so many buildings with amazing tea and coffee shops, with the most amazing cakes. The very older buildings have the most ornate and beautiful sculptures… Bringing old and new a exciting place to visit. My favourite of all places in Birmingham, is the canal network, with its many restaurants, bars and winding paths. Little gems of nature along the way. It is for me a ‘quiet zone’.
Beautiful rainbows of colours
magical melodies of sounds of people
rushing by, with many bags in hand
culturally diverse and inspirational
wonderful aroma’s of diverse foods
Birmingham my home town
My first beautiful wonder of nature, that made me smile was a beautiful lone flowerbed, just outside of work. Often ignored by so many. Many small areas have been given seeds of wildflowers, to attract bees into the city. Poppies festoon around flowerbeds and ‘pop up’ from cracks in the roads… beautiful lone little weeds and flowers, amongst concreate and man-made city chaos and the overwhelming fumes of transport.
Brindley Place, Ripples
I will continue to discover the little beautiful things in my rushed city. Such as our beautiful gardens in our amazing library, that I love so very much. Brummie and Proud!!