Disconnecting from the news and the phone

….perhaps not!

“Being able to smell the fresh air and disconnect from the news and your phone–there’s nothing like it.

–Jason Ward

Hubby and myself went out for a drive this afternoon. We didn’t go too far, but it was great being up in the hills enjoying the fresh country air–even though it was only for a short while today.

Hubby sometimes stops to let me photograph things that catch my eye. I’m always scouring for photo opportunities. I capture many more photos in my mind when I’m outdoors or traveling than I ever actually record with my camera! Any photographers (pro or hobbyist) reading this, will know exactly what I mean. Photographers never ‘switch off’ to photographic possibilities.

I had hoped to spend more time walking round the berry tree above capturing photos using different angles, but it was really windy, cold and it started to rain heavy forcing me back to the car to take cover. I managed all of about 60 seconds–or not much more than this–before being caught out by the rain. I say “caught out” but I wasn’t really…. I knew the rain was coming! The sky was very dark and grey overhead. I just miss-timed it which led to me having to tuck my camera under my top to prevent it being water damaged whilst at the same time legging it back to the car.

After the very warm (sometimes hot) weather we experienced throughout September, today felt like a shock to the system! I wore a winter scarf this afternoon, and I’m so glad I did. It wasn’t a day for having any flesh exposed unnecessarily.

“The best style during autumn/winter is warmth.”


Weather forecasters are already predicting we are in for an extremely chilly October here in the UK with the possibility of snow within the next few weeks. What? Snow in October! I’m beginning to think they might just be right however. General observations, e.g. the Canadian geese have arrived early this year and the whooper swans are gathering in large groups to fly off somewhere warm a bit earlier than usual could perhaps suggest the weather forecasters may actually be correct in their predictions. Nature has a way of letting us know changes are on the way. Eeek! Don’t think I’m ready winter just yet – I’d like to experience autumn in all its colourful finery first. Are you with me?

“Autumn is my favourite colour!”


Did I mention, we had pumpkin spiced latte when we stopped at a petrol garage? Mmmm! We stopped, not to fill up on petrol (don’t get me going!!!), but to grab a bite of lunch and something to drink to take along with us on our drive. We usually do so and head somewhere picturesque to enjoy it whilst taking in the views.

Anyway, for once, it was better to cut our outing short and return home. Guess there’s no place like home on a cold, wet and windy day.

“It’s the little things that make life big.”


On days like today, I love the sound of the rain lashing against the windows and gurgling down through the roan pipes whilst curled up cosy and warm inside reading a good book. Or watching a favourite program on TV whilst the wind blows a hoolie outside. It’s the ‘little things’ that make a bad day good! What do you think? What do you like to do on a cold, wet and windy day? I’d love to hear from you.

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