A little light adventure
Following on from my last post I'm still thinking about light. My trip 'up North' was just so fantastic, here are some highlights.
My friend and I decided that it was time for an adventure one November weekend and wanted to explore somewhere new. We found Thrunton Wood, Northumbria on the map (car park GR: NU085097) which, according to the Forestry Commission reveals spectacular views across the Northumbrian countryside. Sounds good to me!
The weather was set to be cold but fair, so although it was a challenge crawling out from under the duvet that morning, the thought of sparkly sunlight and frosty leaves, plus the possibility of many photo opportunities (yay!) finally made me move.
The journey there was stunning in itself - sunlight playing with the clouds and the sea shimmering in the distance. Then on arrival at the woods - wow! Just wow! Autumn was definitely still in the air - the heady scent of slowly decaying pine needles blanketing the forest floor, the vibrant hues of falling leaves spiraling gracefully downwards through the still, calm woods. Regal, moss covered tree trunks soaring up to the sky, and sunlight pouring like golden streams through the woody boughs.
In the distance, glimpses of emerald fields and sapphire skies, purple-lined fluffy clouds drifting unhurriedly across the landscape, and in the distance - SNOW!!! I love snow! My first of the season.
So off we trotted, thermos, homemade cake and sausage rolls in tow, into the autumnal forest glades. It's a truly wonderful place for all - we met mountain bikers whooshing down seemingly impossible tracks, horse riders sitting lofty on their noble steeds, walkers of all varieties striding out in the sunshine and our canine friends dashing here and there with boundless energy. Mosses, lichens and fungi flourished on the shady forest floor (I do like a good fungus!) and weather-beaten sandstone boulders popped up all over the place, especially useful for perching on with your sausage roll, if a little chilly on the buttocks! It all seemed like something out of a fantasy world and I half expected some Ents to come ambling out of the trees and scoop me up into their gnarly branches with Merry and Pippin ready for battle! Yes I have been watching Lord of the Rings recently.
However, the one thing that made this outing truly spectacular was the light. The day felt just like a fiery dart exploding into the mass of November gloom and setting my life alight. This single sparkly day lifted my spirits so much that I was soaring up there with the birds, darting between ever-shifting cloud formations and zooming across the sapphire skies. Just what we all need at times. It would be so easy for me to become really fed up at the moment as I cannot manage to get out in my beloved mountains. Fortunately it's impossible to wallow on days like this one. How glad I am to be able to say that! It is really important to get out there and embrace life, whatever that means for you and despite what is happening around or to you. At this time of year it is especially easy to feel down and miserable, but actually, whatever the day may bring, whatever your circumstances, whatever your mood, light will always penetrate through the gloom. You may have to wait, it may seem like eternity, but it will always come. And then... wahay!
We have just entered into Advent, the season where Christians wait in eager anticipation for the birth of Christ, the light of the world (e.g. John 8:12 ). My prayer for you is that while you are waiting, whatever you are waiting for, you will always be able to find light and colour in your life, that you never lose hope, and that when the light does shine through you will be blessed beyond all expectation.