What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.


Like many people all over the world, one of the things that really struck me when lockdown hit was the sound of the birds.

Normally they are drowned out by the traffic, but for those weeks they took centre stage and how wonderful it was to hear their beautiful songs.

It got me wondering about how much of nature we all normally miss because we're to busy rushing around.

I'm now making a really concious effort to notice the beautiful nature around where I live and how it changes as the seasons do. It has become one of my simple pleasures.

One way that I'm helping stick to this is by taking a photo of something beautiful when we take our dogs for a walk. It's also a lovely way to track the seasons.

I'm planning to share some of these photos on the @ayane.uk (our instagram feed) with the hashtag #ayanephotos.

If you'd like to share your 'picture of the day' with us please use this hashtag or mention @ayane.uk so we can find it.

with love,
Samantha