Often when I am feeling a weeny bit low in energy, I find myself craving the sort of super-fresh air that can only be inhaled underneath a canopy of trees. A slightly damp shady woodland walk has such a unique fragrance, especially at this time of year when there is so much lush green growth springing forth. On Friday afternoon J and I had just over an hour to fill before the school run, so even though I felt soooooo tired at the time, we decided to take a short walk through the woods to inhale the greenery.
The treetops are just starting to turn green after our long winter and the newly unfurled leaves are such a stunning colour, it almost doesn't look natural. I loved the floral element too - wood anemones still blooming in amongst the first of the bluebells, and great swathes of hawthorn blossom too. The wild garlic hasn't flowered yet, but the leaves are adding an extra layer of vibrant green to the woodland floor. It's all so lush and beautiful, and almost too much to take in. Almost. I do take it in of course, and every lungful of woodland air I breathe feels like it's doing me good. But it's the visual effect of being surrounded by nature that is the very best therapy. It's restorative and energising, calming and invigorating all at once. I can highly recommend a short Woodland Wander if you have a spare hour or two to while away at the end of a busy week.