A mindfulness interlude on a warm and sunny Sunday morning - a gentle breeze but still warm enough to sit out on the patio with a cold drink appreciating the sights and sounds of all that's going on around me.
- the autumn colours, hinting that it's the end of the summer
- shadows dancing across the patio
- a tiny green beetle making its way across the patio
- busy bees on the flowers
- a spider waiting patiently on its web
- fallen leaves and petals under the roses
- the blur of a bird flying away. It may have been a robin but it was too quick to see it properly
- a beautiful blue sky and fluffy white clouds
- Sammy, my neighbour's ginger and white cat, taking a short cut across the garden
Close by I can hear:
- bees buzzing around the flowers
- the rattle of the living room vertical blinds moving in the breeze
- the rustling of leaves in the breeze
- the creaking of the roof on next door's conservatory
In the distance I can hear:
- an airplane flying overhead
- someone sawing and hammering
- very faintly, a siren sounding at the cereal factory that's on the other side of the village
- a peal of bells. The breeze must be in the right direction as I can't usually hear them but I think it's the parish church where we held band practice yesterday
Considering I live in the middle of an estate, I'm surprised that I didn't hear any voices, radios, dogs barking, cars, trains, or cheering from the sports field - the home team must have an away match this week!
This afternoon I'm visiting another school to run one workshop with about 30 year 3s. One of the teachers in this school is a fellow band member (I used to teach her when she was a child 😊) and the Headteacher has released her from her own class to help me run the workshop, which is brilliant and will make for a much easier afternoon.
Then it'll be back home for the private lessons, and if I have any energy left I may try out a new singing group this evening but I'll tell you more about that once I've joined. It all depends on how I feel so may have to wait until I've completed all the workshops in two weeks time.