Today, my day off from work was a day of long walks, sun and contemplation.
I was looking after my little puppy pal, Hayley, and I've been enjoying her company immensely.
I love having a dog about the house, she wakes me up with her huge amounts of energy and gets me out of the house to experience the early morning sunshine, that I so frequently miss.
Today we went walking through the fields behind the my apartment. The fields line the landscape like a patchwork blanket. Vibrant blocks of colour that spread all the way to the horizon.
As I was walking towards the fields, I noticed that they had changed colour since my last visit. No longer a dark shade of green, instead a golden ocean awaited our arrival.
The sunflowers were in full bloom and how magnificent they looked!
So big and so bold! I was happy I had brought my camera along for the walk.
I wasn't the only one enjoying the radiant glow of the flowers. The bees were having a swell time!
I let Hayley run around for a a while and I sat down in the field amongst the flowers. I enjoyed being outside, lapping up the rays from both the sun and the flowers.
Hayley would come and sit with me and stretch out on the grass. It sounds weird but I enjoy having a little chat with her.
I've had a weird week at work, I was tired from performing in the show and my mind was swimming with the events of past few days.
Over the past week I've had close friends lose family members and I've tried to comfort and console them as I see them deal with their heartache and loss.
I've also had a friend give birth to a beautiful baby boy.
Today I found myself amongst the sunflowers contemplating, how strange it was that people had left us so suddenly and new life had greeted us so miraculously fast.
It was good to vocalise my thoughts to the ever faithful dog.
I like how she listens to me, her eyes lift and her ears twitch. On top of her cute characteristics, I find that her silence seems to answer my questions and thoughts.
The sunflowers were glorious and (I know this is deep) but I appreciated the moment as I know they won't be around for too long.
Here's a little quote from one of my favourite movies, Calendar girls. It's about Sunflowers and I think rather special:
"The sunflower...During the course of the day the head of the sunflower tracks the journey of the sun across the sky.
A satellite dish for sunshine.
Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it and that's such and admirable thing, and such a lesson in life"
How lovely they are!
Inspired by the flowers I got to work on a quick little hooky project, keeping the theme of my morning. Here's what I came up with.
I hope you all have a lovely week. Lets keep it sunny like a Sunflower would!
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