Finding the quiet places near home

It never ceases to amaze us that although we live in a block of flats on a main vehicular artery, if we walk less than five minutes in just about any direction the whole landscape changes through sound. There’s something remarkable about the neighbourhood – some magical combination of trees, hedges, houses – that transports us by absorbing all of the hustle-bustle traffic noises and suddenly we hear birds sing, leaves rustle, and lots of delightful nothing at all.

Today we found even more quiet as we took a nearly ignored path behind the river Thames and found our way to one of the most peaceful, clean, and picturesque places I’ve visited since moving here. I have never in my life seen so many wild daisies! The light, the water, and the greenery were postcard-perfect. I often feel blissfully surprised to find such beauty within a short drive or walking distance from the flat. Pockets of heavenly landscape seem to pepper the UK and we are lucky enough to have explored a real gem this afternoon.

The banks were filled with healthy daisies.Truly, landscapes for watercolourists.

Though rural Thames scenery composed much of the walk, a lesser travelled leg of the river offered some unique photo opportunities as well. It’s baby bird season, and the young geese were just adorable! The sun shone, the water sparkled like diamonds, and I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of this year’s little ones.

Daisies are one of my favourite flowers.The baby geese of the season.

May was an incredibly rainy and dreary month, but all of that seems to have nourished the area around us and it is clearly flourishing with beauty and vibrancy. It was wonderful to quietly soak it all in for a few hours this afternoon.

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