The natural world

#181: Describe your first memorable experience exploring and spending time in nature. Were you in awe? Or were you not impressed? Would you rather spend time in the forest or the city?


I’ve been thinking about this for at least 20 minutes and, quite sadly, have to admit that I can’t think of a single time where I’ve explored/spent a substantial amount of time (not even half an hour!) just taking in nature. I do remember when I was younger spending time lying on the grass, watching the butterflies flitting around our huge buddleia tree in the garden but I’m guessing that doesn’t count. Although I do remember how enchanting it was to watch them – sounds silly but they do have a mysterious way of moving and just being. 


That said, I would love nothing more to go to somewhere like Borneo (Orangutans), Rwanda (Gorillas), Uganda (Chimpanzees), or even on an African Safari (Giraffes, Elephants, Lions etc) where I could simply sit and watch the wild animals live their lives. I can imagine that is an absolutely incredible thing to witness!


Karma chameleon

#39: Reincarnation: do you believe in it?


I hope it does exist. I guess there’s no real way in knowing if it does exist until we each get there but all I know is the following experience made me think that it’s quite possible! Shortly after my Great Nan passed away last year, we were heading out to buy a few things ahead of her funeral. It was a sunny day (I remember it as if it was yesterday) and as we got in the car, a Red Admiral butterfly flew past us and landed on the front of our house. Fair enough, we do tend to get a lot of Red Admirals in our back garden during the summer months, but this was October! Our buddleia tree, which they are addicted to, had died and so they shouldn’t have been around – plus it was too cold for them. What made me believe in reincarnation even more was the fact that my grandparents (my Great Nan’s son) who live closer to London, so there is less greenery, also had a Red Admiral land on the front of their house THE SAME DAY! They never get these butterflies in their area, not even in spring/summer, so it definitely wasn’t coincidental. So, from that day on, I have viewed butterflies as a sign from my Great Nan reminding us that she’ll always be around.


Images: my own photographs.

Take two

#12: Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.


I love the idea of today’s writing prompt although technically I didn’t go outside to take my picture as it is way too cold, so instead, whilst remaining in the warm, I pulled back the curtain and the first thing I saw was the ivy that is growing up the side of our garage. When I turned around, the second thing my eyes were drawn to was my brand new backpack hanging on the door. The relationship between the two is that my Great Nan, who sadly passed away last year, is called Ivy and shortly after she passed, we were just leaving the house to choose her some flowers and a butterfly flew past us, settling on our front door. It was the beginning of winter so butterflies shouldn’t have been around at that time, yet there it was. The same day, a butterfly had visited my grandparents landing on the front of their house too, and they live closer to London, so hardly ever see butterflies regardless of the season. We saw these two events as a sign that it was my Great Nan saying goodbye and telling us that she’s happy (she was 104 and a half, so was quite bored towards the end). Ever since then, I have accumulated a few items adorned with a beautiful butterfly print and this cool backpack is my latest addition!