quiet

After a few hectic days with excited children and family coming and going I am having a quiet end to the year.  I have a bit of space to catch up with myself.

In that strange waiting time between Christmas and new year I had two afternoons, two walks in Lincolnshire’s fields, empty of people and drained of colour but then filled with other colour, different winter colour, the earth gone to sleep.

One on the wolds:

gently rolling; lines of field edge and combed earth; hedge and pathway; footprints on saturated ground; a smell of the sea wafting inland on the stiff breeze, which then brings rain and stinging cold.

A second on the coast:

salt marsh keeping the sea at bay with a white line of breaking waves way out beyond the gullied expanse; even further away my familiar lighthouse clear over the water; a bitter wind; blue light in the gloaming and collections of birds forming almost murmurations.

Now back at home the memories of them intermingle.

Looking back and looking forward.

Happy new year.

10 thoughts on “quiet

  1. i feel calmer and more serene just looking at these beautiful photos. i’m going to pinch off a bit of this feeling and tuck it in my pocket for those times of need that will surely show up during 2013.

  2. The detail in the landscape usually over whelms me and puts me off trying to draw it but your drawing reminds me that I don’t have to draw all the detail that I can see. Thank you.

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