Snow Day and the Help of Nature

2 January 2021

We had snow for the first time in a while this week, I woke up on Tuesday morning to a blanket of snow dressed across the street and thick flurries of snow falling from the sky. It was such a magical scene, just the scene I was hoping for this side of winter. I spent most of the day stood in the middle of the garden, wrapped up in my parka and bobble hat, taking photos of the birds swooping into the garden and perching on the snow covered branches and feeders. It was lovely to see the regular robin visitor who was flying back and forth into the garden taking some sunflower hearts from one of the feeders. The snow has just about melted completely, but I hope that we'll have another snow day soon!

Normally at the end of the year I would write a round-up post of my adventures throughout the year, however 2020 has been quite the year for us all, one of the most toughest years I've ever been through for sure. At the start of the first lockdown, back in March, I fell back into a deep depression due to a horrible breakup, work troubles and of course the pandemic. For weeks I was unable to pick up my camera, with no interest in anything at all. I stayed in my room for most days, with a horrible low feeling consuming me and on the days where I managed to get outside other than for going to work, I walked aimlessly around the village in a world of my own.

But then spring began to bloom beautifully and it was as if something was trying to bloom inside me as I began to notice the things I love again. I walked along the local nature trail, watching the sunlight catch the petals of forget-me-nots, saw ducklings swimming around their mother in the local pond and stood listening to the birds in the trees. I finally picked up my camera again, walking back along the trails to capture the golden hour sunlight at the wildflower meadow, capture the bees and butterflies amongst a sea of oxeye daisies and try my hand and taking photos of the birds I spotted on my walks. Slowly, nature began to pull me out of the fog that was surrounding me and I began to see a way forward. Nature became my biggest distraction this year, it always has been, but this year it helped me more than anything. 

A lot changed for me this year and during my low point, I felt very stuck without a path to follow anymore. But once I began to get myself out of that low point, I forged a completely new path, one that I probably wouldn't have discovered if my first path hadn't disappeared. I decided that nature is something I love the most, something that I always truly thrive in and so I took on volunteering with my local community and then landed a traineeship to get myself stuck into nature conservation. It's a brand new journey and I'm looking forward to seeing where it takes me. 

After what has been a very difficult year for us all, I hope that things will start to get better in the weeks and months to come. Should things get too much, remember that nature is always there for you. A robin singing in your back garden, wildflowers springing up wherever you go and a breeze blowing through the trees in the woodlands. I sometimes set myself a few goals for each new year and alongside some personal ones, my number one goal is to continue to explore new things in nature. Last year taught me a lot about spending more time to appreciate the simple things and that's exactly what I plan on doing this year because, even the smallest things in nature can help so much.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and all the best for this year. 

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