Traveling is good for the soul – whether it is across the planet, your home country, your town or across the street.
I urge you all to relax and rest up a lot – it goes well with the “good vibes” theme of this blog. However, sometimes, finding that relaxation and rest can actually take some work. The travel before the holiday or the preparation before you can switch off, but don’t worry and stress too much. Doing the leg work to get ready to relax is well worth it.
When you travel by air, before the flight takes off, there are always safety instructions in the event of a loss of cabin pressure. Part of those instructions are ensuring that your oxygen mask is securely fastened before assisting others. I hope that you never experience a loss of cabin pressure where you have to use the oxygen mask; however, the same wisdom can be applied to our everyday lives. Before we can truly help others, we must ensure that our own needs are met. Take time to make sure that you are adequately nourished, inside and out, so you can be there for someone else.
Press on and persevere – don’t worry, the view from the top is worth the struggle.
It is never too late to try something new. Although I have never been a particularly artistic person – my forte has typically been appreciating rather than creating art – in the past few years I have dabbled in some graphic design and graphic arts. I hope you enjoy my tracing of my favorite goat of all time, created with an IPad Pro and Procreate.
Curiosity makes your life more interesting. Even in the mundane, regular or routine there might be little details that totally change your perspective. Asking questions, exploring keeps your mind active and can open up whole new worlds.
Make sure you get a chance to look outside this evening because there is a fantastic full moon known as the Pink Moon. The Pink Moon will not actually appear pink, but was rather named for wild ground phlox which typically sprouts during this time of year. Often, you might hear different full moons called different things, such as a Wolf Moon or a Harvest Moon, and many of these names can be attributed to Algonquin people who inhabited eastern North America before the European invasion. Pink or not, it is a beautiful sight to see!
So, yesterday I dragged my family to a goat sanctuary that was not open to the public. I felt fairly bad, as it was a beautiful day and being cooped up in the car is no fun. Luckily, along our journey home we happened upon Pear Tree Farm Shop in Cheshire. It is a lovely shop, run by a very friendly woman with a son about the same age as mine. We walked in and fortuitously she mentioned something about goats! And there they were, three Pygmy goats enjoying the sunshine! My son enjoyed a delicious sausage roll and this morning I fried up half a dozen free range eggs for breakfast. Plus, I have a few new goat photographs for the archives.
Today, was one of those days. My family and I had been spending some time in a holiday caravan near the Yorkshire Dales National Park and made our way back to our home after a lovely holiday. I had planned two stops on the way back, first to a trout farm, and second to a goat sanctuary to take new and exciting pictures of goats for my blog. I realize, that some of the goats you may have grown familiar with, as my visit to Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats last autumn produced quite a few unique photographs. However, I worry that my material has grown stale and that my followers and supporters are bored. I try to get new photographs whenever I have an opportunity.
Anyway, first, the trout farm was basically a pond where old men (I did not see any young people or women there) fish for trout and was not exciting and given that I was with my five year old, we were encouraged to leave.
Second, we found The Goat Sanctuary, somewhere between Manchester and Liverpool, but sadly it was not open to the public. I did manage to find some goats today, but will save them for tomorrow. As today has been a tad strange, I shall share with you my most favorite photograph from my library of goats. I met this goat in Delhi, India, and was struck by the self-assured glint in its eye, as though it holds some secrets of the universe or special knowledge. I think that even if Google sends this goat astray on its journey, it will continue to smile and saunter along as if that was always their plan. At any rate, today was a lovely spring day and a wonderful opportunity to meander across England.