This is my personal project and one that is very close to my heart: Photographing one whole day in my life, it began a few years ago on Monday Jan 1, 2018 when I did 1 day a week switching days each week which I did for two years and then for year three I only did them for each full moon and changed the format of them. Now I'm in my fourth year of doing this project, I began with the intention of doing them weekly but that hasn't been happening so I'm doing them whenever it feels right up until I reach Week 52 but still focusing on our weekends or when we are all together and have returned to my original way of doing them which is choosing 25 images for the day. Hope you enjoy following along!
It's the spring equinox today!! I woke up ridiculously early at 2 am and decided to get up, but I felt wide awake. Our alarms were set for 3 so I think it was that anticipation of needing to wake up and worrying I'm going to miss the alarm that actually got me up. By the time it was 3 I was all ready, had our bag packed and even made hot chocolate for our sunrise picnic at Stonehenge.
we could finally go do our first official bumblebee walk for the bumblebee conservation trust. We actually set up a transect last summer but never got our act together but this year we are doing it properly. But I wasn’t prepared for how cold it was going to be!! it was freezing!! Uncomfortably so, my hands ached from the cold. And we didn’t see a single bumblebee, not even one.
Nixie you loved jumping down the sand dunes and then you decided to take your socks off and play in the water. You are so vibrant and free and it really is the most beautiful thing, you are full of the most incredible power, you kept reminding me of a lioness today. There was a lot of sea foam and it created the most fun for the both of you. Forrest you were really funny and kept walking super close to the edge and then running away from the waves, you were playing a little game.
As soon as we arrived we headed into the cafe for another coffee and to get some marshmallows. You both loved roasting them, especially you, Forrest and we had a really nice walk through the lit up forest. Nixie you loved running ahead of us and exploring on your own and then hiding and trying to scare us. At one point there was a path of light to walk under and when you saw it you made me cover my eyes and led me to the start of it before I could open my eyes and then you said “look how beautiful!”
A drive that should have took us about 2.5 hours ended up taking us 4 hours, there was crazy traffic in several different places on the M3. But somehow it didn't feel too bad because neither of you complained or got upset. Forrest, you did keep asking us almost every 5 minutes "when we there?" Nixie, you kept yourself busy drawing pictures and making a card for nanny. You drew the most amazing face that I immediately fell in love with, I love your unique style.
We decided to head out to Holland's wood for a little bit so that you, Nixie could ride your bike and so that you, Forrest could finally drive nixies old flower quad bike. We managed to find the charger for it hidden away in a closet last night. Although you have already mostly outgrown it but that didn't stop you from having so much fun even though your speed went at a snails pace! It wasn't long before you were finding tricks you could do on it like steering and standing up, sitting sideways and my favourite lying down!!
For some reason I didn't sleep very well last night and kept tossing and turning. I'm pretty sure it had a lot to do with today being my last day in Sweden and it being the last time I get to spend with my mamma for I don't know how long. Even though I woke up feeling a bit tired I enjoyed the stillness and the quiet of the morning....With everything that's happened these past few weeks, this solo time has given my body, mind and spirit a bit of space to just be rather than being constantly on the go and constantly being needed.
Afterwards you and I went for a little walk to our local woods to see if we could find any moss. We haven't had a chance to do any of our little naturalist projects yet as it's a bit tricky with Forrest in a cast all the way up to his thigh and being without a car. It felt really nice to have some one on one time with you.
Today was a let's all snuggle up together and watch movies kind of day. I just want to hold you all so close. I'm still recovering from the overwhelmingly intense week that we've had which has left my nervous system in complete tatters and I really am in need of a self care day.