sunny winter woods

Today the sun was out and I went for a long walk through the woods near my parents’ house. I took my camera and tried to capture some of the winter beauty. Walking is one of my favorite things to do and I tend to do a lot of thinking whilst walking. The woods are perfect for thinking! Being single again and concentrating entirely on myself, lots of new ideas have popped into my mind that I didn’t consider before. I have new ideas for how I want to live, what I want to do and where I want to go!

Recently I walked a good route with a friend and her dog which I wanted to take again. Today, it all seemed much further and steeper though… I guess I didn’t notice it when chatting with an old friend and throwing pine cones for her dog!

I’ve had to let go of quite a few of my old dreams recently. Most goals and ideas that I was dreaming of were shared with my ex-fiance and have become irrelevant now. As I mentioned above, I have lots of new dreams now that are not shared and are therefore entirely my own… weirdly, they seem so much more exciting than the shared ones did! However, one of the few dreams that were shared but I haven’t let go, is the dream of getting a dog. Walking is just so much more fun with a furry friend! Dogs seem to love their owner unconditionally which certainly appeals after a failed relationship. With a dog, you experience lots of priceless moments that are just hilarious or even shocking, they’re funny companions. Well, I will have to wait a while longer for that dream to come true. I wouldn’t want to get a dog until I’ve sorted my own life out and have the time and space.

Ups, I got sidetracked… back to the woods! The brown leaves covering the woodland floor are a strong contrast to the blue sky. Blue skies are pretty rare here in winter, it tends to be grey and dark… I think the seasons are becoming more blurred and mixed up. Is global warming changing our good old German weather?! It was muddy everywhere and I spotted lots of fungi on trees which must love the damp winter weather.

After seeing various types of moss, we walked over this cute little bridge leading across the local stream here. As a child I used to play in streams like this one, it’s perfect for kids, there are wide pools for dam-building and the water rushes over mossy rocks… I wonder whether it’s popular with the German kids in summer.

I think that when I find a new job, I’ll really feel like I’m starting a new chapter in my life… can’t wait. I can’t wait to move into my own space again, take on some new challenges and meet new people!

I’m also going back to my old art class which I used to do when I lived with my parents years ago. I’ve started a new painting so I’ll be posting more artistic stuff soon :).

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