Reading My Way Around the World

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Wild and bare

The garden today - wild and bare

It's Day 2 of Reverb 15 hosted by Kat McNally of I Saw You Dancing.

And today's prompt:

What surprised you this year ?

It always surprises me at this time of the year, how much light there is now that the trees are bare.   Even though we don't have bright sunshine at the minute, anything but, there is still a feeling of clarity.  The garden reverts to a feeling of wildness and all is quiet.

Now the the days are drawing in and a grounded feeling is coming back into my psyche after all the travelling, I'm noticing a strange sense of completion ... Each trip this year brought us almost a full circle, meeting up with friends that we haven't seen in years.  It felt initially like checking out, like saying goodbye - and for a while I was ready to give up on this crazy life we've led for 25 years or more now.  But by the end of the year, I am so surprised at how enlivened I'm feeling by the entire experience.   For sure now, it feels more like a beginning than an end.  And that's the biggest surprise of all.

What surprises have you had in your life this year?
If you fancy joining in with Kat McNally's lovely reflective writing challenge, check out the link above.


  1. Although winter is technically well under way, the sun has been shining almost non stop lately. I dislike it because it turns our apartment into a furnace at this time of the year. The sun is so low it just pours through our windows. Even the trees are not totally bare yet and although we had snow, it didn't last very long - this is winter??

    1. The weather has been really strange this year Jo - here too, it was really warm most of the way through November - warmer than during Summer. At least you're getting loads of Vitamin D :)

  2. What a grand new perspective to have unfold from your traveling this year Fil. And what a lovely shot of your garden. Wildly gorgeous.

    1. Thank you Deborah - it's good getting enough time to stand back and take a look isn't it?

  3. The weather has definitely been odd this year!!!x

  4. More of a beginning than an end…… what a wonderful perspective.


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