On the Hunt for Joy: Rediscover your childhood joys

After a break I am back with a post for Cee’s On the hunt for joy challenge – Rediscover your childhood joys

I have always enjoyed reading and still have many of my childhood books and the musical instruments I began to learn to play as a child.

Like Cee I enjoyed colouring as a child. I didn’t find it easy to be neat. I remember my Grandad showing me how to colour shapes with circular strokes of the pencil.

No words on this spread – other pages have Bible verses to colour

Now I enjoy colouring Images of Joy by Jacqui Grace – appropriate for this challenge. I put tissue paper between the pages to stop the colour being transferred to the opposite page. The pencils I use are blendable.

Some flowers growing in unexpected places

On my local walks I usually look out for wild flowers, fungi, birds, insects and anything else that might be interesting.

Twice recently I have been surprised to find garden escapes. The first was a hydrangea, perhaps newly visible after work to the hedge of a lonning. The second was a lily growing on a verge near an arable field

Hydrangea
Lily

A walk from Wray Castle NT

Our first outing after lockdown relaxed was to Wray Castle near Ambleside in the Lake District. The castle itself was still closed, but the car park had some space (although it is rather pricey for non-members of the National Trust) and there are plenty of walks to choose from. It was a fine day. We took a picnic and met a member of our family, suitably socially-distanced, of course. It is advisable to check online for how busy car parks in the Lake District are, before setting out.

The circular walk we did took us to the lake (Windermere), along a path, up a hill and back through a village. We saw lots of wild flowers and some birds.

A photo of sheep I took has already appeared on Sue’s Trifles Paint Chip Poetry challenge 28.