People are intriguing , our postures, facial expressions, our ability to go into a trance even in the most hectic of places. We are full of habits and emotions . Sometimes busy in our own lives we forget to take a minute to just observe, to study the going-ons around us. I am always surprised when doing street photography by the amount of ‘ walking-by stories’ going on, everyone has their own unique story. I have seen people dancing in the streets! people arguing, throwing stuff at each other in an uncontrolled fit. I am always amused by people falling asleep on the trains in London, particularly people at lunchtime! have they missed their stop? People make me laugh with their loudly spoken ” secret” phone calls , cryptic name-drops and put downs. Whenever I go out their always seems to be an old man or a small group of old men, chilling out watching the world go by, always happy to speak to me and find out what I am up to. The pigeons weave their way around the people, their lives seems so much more simple then ours.
So while on a walking trip to the Lake District there was one thing that puzzled and fascinated me, money growing on trees !….. Ok, so not really growing off the trees as such but there were coins embedded all over the branches of felled trees. I had my suspicions that these money trees were some kind of local tradition to bring luck or help romance, a bit like tossing a coin in a fountain for good luck or maybe like the phase ‘ touch wood ‘ for luck. However it turns out that people have been leaving coins in trees for years, since the 1700’s. It seems the coins are embedded into the trees to bring luck or to help a sick person, however I did read that if the coin is taken out ( not sure this is possible anyway ) the person will become ill or lose their luck…. think I will just keep that 5p and put it towards a nice chocolate bar … well it is needed after my long walk 😉
POSITIVE THOUGHT – Because January can be a little bit depressing at times !
Fresh thought for 2015 – All of those difficult experiences, will nearly always add-up to something positive, even though when they are happening it never feels like any positive will come of it.
This is an exercise I have seen in several self-help books and I have found it works for me, so give it a try. Think of something in the last year that has been tough to experience, then think what you have learnt from it and the positive that has come of the learning process.
My example – I had a small operation that had complications, it was scary at the time and now requires check-ups , which still scares me… but I have learnt that I am more compassionate because of it and the positive is that I am now challenging myself more and finding the time for others when once i was too ‘ busy’ .
Photography by me of course x
I visited Scotland last October, It was how I hoped it would be but with less rain then I imagined! I must just be lucky when I visit Scotland as the weather is always pretty good! However my luck was not so good when it came to the Northern Lights, one night we were there the Northern Lights were meant to be at their strongest for ages. I will admit I was not completely devoted to ‘ keeping an eye out’ I did kinda fall asleep and to be fair it was very cloudy where we were ! but in the morning the sky became the brightest orange ( second image ).
Another day and another design, Thought I would share this owl design that I have created for my range of christmas cards. I normally have a little story behind each design but for this one I just created it because …well I just like owls 🙂 .
For some reason all the widgets on my blog are playing up ! naughty widgets … but to look at more of my card designs they can be found on my facebook page , which is https://www.facebook.com/RaaKelArthouse .