Photographs from my early morning walks over the last few weeks.
Early morning on Cardiff Bay Barrage
Absolutely gorgeous morning here in Cardiff, but for once I can’t help wishing that it was wet and miserable. It just seems cruel to have weather like this when we can’t go out and enjoy it properly.
Early in the morning.
Saw some beautiful Hawthorn berries while out on a walk today
It’s been a stressful week and I was already feeling fragile when I woke up this morning. Then I went and logged into twitter, saw stuff that made me feel even worse and, by 8.00am, I was in tears #selfcarefail.
Determined not to spend my day off crying, I decided to go out and buy a new kettle because the old one no longer makes good tea. I walked to the supermarket and got the kettle, but I was still crying.
Luckily, we live close to an old cemetery which is also a lovely nature reserve. If there’s one thing that can usually improve my mood, it’s looking for wildlife. This is probably because it puts me back in touch with the happiest times in my childhood. It worked and I came home feeling much better.
Here are a few (not very good) photos from my nature walk.
Common Blue butterfly
So beautiful and even bluer in real life.
There were lots of these guys fluttering around, but they were very difficult to photograph. This was as close as I could get.
I also saw plenty of meadow browns, large and small whites and one small skipper.
Cinnabar moth caterpillars
There were plenty of cinnabar moth caterpillars enjoying the rag wort plants in the cemetery.
Borth is a coastal village in Ceredigion. I love beaches and I’d never been to this one, so we decided to pay it a visit.
We considered hiking up to the top of that cliff. Then we thought better of it.
The view looking towards Aberdovey.
I’ve visited Aberystwyth three times. I was born there. I went there to have a look at the University when I was seventeen. Last month I took my partner there during our trip to Mid Wales. If the pattern continues I’ll be about fifty eight the next time I go to Aberystwyth.
Whenever I go back to Mid and West Wales my partner says that some part of me loosens and relaxes. “Home”, it says, “home, home home”.
A couple of shots from the park where I often walk in the evenings
The light is quite nice when I walk to work early in the morning.