In today’s pressured society, busy jobs and hectic lifestyle, I find comfort in taking time to look and enjoy the landscapes, woods and mountains of this land I call home. Finding a moment to reflect and slow down, even better, to climb, to challenge myself, to reach a peak.
It is several years since I last climbed Snowdon (pre-children) and this day was special because it was the first time my children climbed with me, along with (of course) Barney and Digby.
Feeling small in the magnificent strong mountains and unpredictable weather inspires me to reflect upon life’s wonders, examining my inner self and a lifetime of memories.
"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." John Muir
I've climbed Snowdon many times but have never been on the train. I enjoy the challenge of the walk, and the feeling that it is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
The view from the top. The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.
The path home.
A welcome break on the way down.
I have loved the mountains since I was small.
"I think the kind of landscape that you grew up in, it lives with you. I don't think it's true of people who've grown up in cities so much; you may love a building, but I don't think that you can love it in the way that you love a tree or a river or the colour of the earth; it's a different kind of love." Arundhati Roy.
I can't wait to return.