I don't know many people in my everyday real life who write blogs, so I do really value talking about blogging with the few friends who have their own little nooks in Blogland. On Friday at my fabulous Creative Coopers hook/knit/natter meet up, I had just such a conversation with one of my lovely friends who has been writing her own blog since last summer. She was saying that she often feels as if she should only blog if she's got something very specific to write about - an event, an outing, a completed project - whereas I feel happy talking about pretty much any little insignificant thing that passes into my mind as a result of a quick photo taken on my camera. I remarked that when I'm reading other peoples blogs, it's the little snippets of daily life that I really like to hear about, the everyday kind of stuff. I mean, it's always a wonderful thing to share in someone's grand ta-dah moment, or read all about a fabulous trip they've taken, but oh, I do so love the comfort of sharing and celebrating the ordinariness of life.
Something else we both agreed on, is that we wished we could find the time to blog more often. We talked about the huge amount of time it takes to create a fully loaded blog post (as opposed to a quick snap on Instagram), and that perhaps we would both benefit from making our blog posts shorter and more frequent.
So rather than save these photos to add to many more in the coming weeks (they would fit beautifully in a summer-into-autumn style narrative), I'm giving them to you right now. They were taken on Monday evening as we walked through the park to the the swimming pool. The light was exquisite, made even more precious by the fact that the blast of golden sunshine against a moody grey stormy sky literally only lasted for around five minutes. Pretty much as soon as I'd taken that last photo (Little B holding up the leaves), the clouds covered the sun and the beautiful light moment was over.
At a time when we were rushing from A to B and may so easily have missed what was right in front of our eyes, I'm so happy that I took the opportunity to stop and marvel at how beautiful it was. It's a lesson in being mindful of our surroundings, which is something I really try to practice each day as I walk, even on days when I am late and in a hurry. It feels remarkable I can tell you.