Today is 1 year since my Dad passed away… and I’d like to share this post as a thanks to him – I hope you don’t mind.
You see, I work from home running my own business, and before his death I would spend every weekend in front of the laptop planning my social media schedules, my newsletter campaigns, my blog posts… it was never ending & I realise now that I never switched off.
Nowadays it’s so hard to switch off… the internet has made the world a smaller place and our smartphones have made it harder to ignore our emails & notifications.
The following few months after Dad died all I wanted to do was just sit outside in the peace & quiet, watching the birds & wildlife around me. That’s when I realised that I needed to take a step back and get back to doing the thing I used to really enjoy… watching, photographing and blogging about my garden birds.
Life really is short, and it’s a shame to spend it doing things we’d rather not be doing. I also think it’s a shame not to notice the little things in nature that are actually a really big deal. So please, switch off your phones, get out there and spend time in nature. You’ll feel so much better for it – physically and mentally, I promise!
So this post is to say thanks Dad for helping me get back to what I enjoy doing.
And if you’re wondering what the picture of the Green Woodpecker* has to do with all this… about 10 years ago my Dad got really excited that there was a “Parrot” in the back garden (he wasn’t into birds!), no prizes for guessing what it was 🙂
You’re right about it being difficult to switch off but for sure getting out there is the way to do it! It seems like a very good way to remember your Dad 🙂
A Green Woodp[ecker, I love them. Its a day you remember your Dad, R.I.P.
Thanks Bob. This isn’t my picture of the woodpecker, unfortunately I’ve never seen one.
Sharon. Thanks for looking at and commenting on my blog.Sorry to hear about your dad but nice to see a lovely image of a green woodpecker.This is one of my bogey birds and one I still have to photograph.
Nice to have a contact in Ireland and hope you are having better weather there than here in Northern England.Take care and I will try to keep in touch.
Thanks for your comment Brian – I don’t think we’re getting the rain as bad as you guys over there, but I’ve had the woodburner on a few nights so far in June! Hard to imagine that this time last year was so warm!
The Green Woodpecker image isn’t actually mine (I’ve never even seen one!), would love to photograph any woodpeckers over here… it’s just a matter of finding them! Thanks for connecting 🙂