Firstly, thank you to everyone who left comments on my last post - unfortunately I was unable to answer them due to the fact that the Wi-Fi signal was terrible at the place where we were staying. I have been incommunicado for a whole week - unable to read and comment on your posts. But I'm back now - normal service will be resumed - and I have to say I have missed you all.
Experiencing real life is a good feeling. Like being out in the elements - sun, wind, rain on your skin. Watching a sporting event - the N.Norfolk Triathlon - with all the crowds; excitement; the excellence, energy and stamina of the athletes - how can you get the same atmosphere whilst watching a square box in the corner of your living room - it's just not the same.
Walking through a wood with beams of sunlight dappling the woodland floor; finding all sorts of fungi in unexpected places. Or watching the antics of sea birds, hawks and ducks doing what comes naturally - soaring, swooping, feeding, dabbling, wading.
You can see all the wild life films you want but there is nothing like seeing creatures in their natural habitat. Whilst we were away we visited a Nature Reserve and saw Common and Grey seals basking in the sun with the sea lapping around them. They were totally at home being photographed and gawped at by boat loads of adoring public. The landscape was 'not of this world', treeless, barren, beautiful and wild and unspoiled - a revelation. My fear of deep water had stopped me from experiencing these wonderful moments before. I am so glad I took the plunge and stepped on to the boat so I could witness it all at first hand.
Forget the escapism of reading a novel or watching a movie or a tv documentary - it just isn't the same as actually being there and experiencing it for yourself. Sometimes it is good to get out of your comfort zone - for putting your fears to one side, taking a risk or two - and never have cause to say, when your time is up - I wish I had done more with my life - how sad would that be. Live life to the max.
'Til next time
Cherish the memories