Friday, 17 August 2012

The view from the back

Biddy leading the way!
We were fortunate to be able to buy an inflatable kayak whilst wandering around the  Bedford River Festival the other week. It's a great biannual event of music, food, and a huge variety of other activities,  all based around Bedford's lovely river.

We've been out a couple of times on the Ouse around Bedford since and what good relaxation it has been. Jusr this morning I went out with my youngest daughter Hannah and we poodled around from Danish camp for about an hour.  It was great to get multiple close up sightings of kingfishers including a spectacular dive in to catch a fish. Also lovely (for us if not for the fish) to get a close of view of a cormorant, as well as loads of dragon flies. 

How good it is to slow down and appreciate what's around you. Admittedly not easy in a busy working life, but I had taken a day's annual leave, so I had the opportunity. It reminds me of the increasingly popular subject of mindfulness as used in some counselling situations. Just enabling each other to enjoy the moment, and to appreciate what you have rather obsessing about what you don't have nor allowing anxieties about the future to fill your mind. Of course there's more to it than that, but how good it is to enjoy simple things.
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