Along the Canal


I’ve moved again, I’m in Kent now for a while. I live by the sea and can see it from the window on waking but behind the apartment block is The Royal Military Canal that runs for a few miles down to the local village of Hythe and way beyond.

The canal was built as a defence against the french invasion in the 1800’s, lots can be read about it but I want to show you some of its beauty. I love to walk along the canal and back each day and it’s a good way of getting my recommended 10,000 steps.

The canal runs parallel to the sea, so sometimes I’ll take the costal path one way and the canal the other.






So now you know where I am and what I’ve been up to 🙂




Can You?


Can you harmonise with natures song, 

do you find you are in tune.

With those colours that surround you,

are you coming into bloom.

Are you well placed in the painting,

between wonderous earth and sky. 

Do you sit beside a running brook, 

or join those birds that fly.

Are your actions matched in harmony,

with words that leave your lips.

Are you satisfied in natures arms,

without that social fix.

Can you recognise the fragrance ,

do you have a natural scent.

Do you save the picture in your mind,

after your time is spent.

Can you manage being on your own, 

can you say yes to the above.

Because if you harmonise like this, 

you harmonize with love.



Fragrance and Harmonise

Too late for yesterdays prompt, so added todays as I finished the poem 🙂

Is it Edible

I went down on the beach again to read a book. I was accompanied by a couple of crows, a change from the usual seagulls.

I was eating a pack of almonds, so threw a couple for them to see if they would eat them.

Crow with an Almond
With his Mate, who didn’t get a look in with the Almond
Looking for more!

It was quite funny watching them and they kept me company for the rest of the afternoon. It might have looked a bit weird me being guarded by a couple of crows but I’m not one to care.  I’m not sure if crows usually eat almonds, but they appeared to find these edible enough 😉



Savouring the Moment 



Walking out to the beach I was disappointed to see the tide was in, not only was it in, it was still climbing. I knew this would be the case but came anyway, hoping the very reliable tide time tables were wrong. You see, I just love low tide, love to walk along the shore, through the sand and rock pools just being, the silence and stillness the low tide brings sooths my soul, it slows my breath and allows me to be. The vast expanse of beach provides a sense of freedom I can’t find anywhere else.

I savour each moment on the beach when the tide is out, I walk across sand that was hidden under the sea, I pad through the land of sea creatures. I am in Poseidons territory and yet he cannot claim me for his own as I walk across sand.

You get it, I was disappointed. I sat down on the pebbles and looked at the sea, waves crashing towards me. Closer and closer they came, beckoning me, teasing me. The foam of each wave, like lace, covering the shingle, pebbles sparkling like jewels as it once again subsided. The sea, I felt was dressing the land for the occasion.

I sat and watched, immersed myself in the event and thought about integration, pondered on the blending of opposites. Nature teaches us so much, everything we look to in nature has a different message.

If we spend our lives doing the same thing again and again, we miss out on expanding our minds, we miss moments that are extraordinary. Sometimes it’s right to look at things a different way, shift our perspective a little.

As the sea came closer and closer, I watched the pebbles, once dried from the sun disappear into the sea, only to remain as a memory. A piece of seaweed rolled on the tide to land by my feet, a final bow on the costume.

No longer disappointed I left for home, realising as I did, that each moment teaches us something new, to savour each and every one of them.

Life happens when we are waiting for something else, if we don’t experience each moment, we might miss out. We might be so preoccupied with one thing that we miss everything else.


Isn’t nature a wonderful teacher 😊



Wild Flowers

To save the bee’s, well those they can anyway, the local park has planted a patch of wild flowers. They are quite breathtaking, the bee’s appear to be enjoying them too.






I’m so lucky, living in a heavily populated place such as the South of England, but still having access to nature in towns and cities in parks.