12.5.12

Tea break time and I am oblivious........




































A short walk. A long talk to myself.

I probably started blogging out of a sense of loss. Getting older, letting go of my Dad, my office in the city closing due to the recession, the reality of redundancy looming. A day came when I found myself working from home, alone, albeit with regular dashes across the country for face to face meetings. My new office was just a laptop and a mobile phone a far cry from the luxury of a group of colleagues and a swivel chair.

An office in the city created a balance in my life. The city was for work, the country was home.
I could spend lunch time browsing for books, meet a friend in a busy cafe, make a salad plate in our kitchen and share weekend stories with other staff. Now I found myself eating alone, staring out the window into a field full of thistles and trying to figure out how to have an office tea break with yourself?

Before long the birds and I began to chatter over a cup of coffee and found a shared rhythm in our day. Animals turned up while I ate my sandwiches and I became curious about their lives and families. Weather clouds constantly changing, brought light and shade to my life as they drifted overhead and past my patch.

On these days when I work from home, I look an absolute fright! Today for my elevenses I strolled across the fields, and got wet hair and mud on my shoes. There had been so much rain and I squished along the sodden trail talking away to myself. Wet hair, red face, a fat finch on a branch, tiny drops of rainbow colours on the leaf tips. Bliss!

This is how my morning break goes now and for a while at least I am oblivious to work and the rest of the world.........






38 comments:

  1. Очень хорошо написали...и спасибо вам за красоту, которую дарите своим читателям в виде фотографий. Удачи вам и счастья!!!

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  2. Hello, as a recent visitor to your blog I've enjoyed catching up with your posts. It seems that you have your work life balance just about right.
    I no longer work in the city centre and am now able to walk a short distance to work on a leafy campus which gives me ample opportunity to observe nature around me and feel much better for it. Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda. Work life balance is an ongoing struggle at times for me too, I love those days when I have time to even think about it:~)

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  3. Beautiful photos, as always. The recession cost me my job so I am at home creating a new life. I do sometimes miss being with others, but I like being home and being able to do as you do and take walks in the country and see what is happening.

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    1. Thanks Mary, it is a real challenge to have this thrown at you suddenly, well done for making a new opportunity from it:~)

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  4. Your photos are more beautiful and soulful every time I see them...what a lovely way to work and spend your time...I wish my work was not a toxic place but it is...I have one more year and then I am free.

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    1. Donna, it must be so hard for you to be in a toxic environment. It certainly hasn't made you toxic, far from it you are one of the most positive people I know in this online universe. One more year Yay!!

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  5. It's often difficult to adjust to a new way of life, especially when it was not your choice. I am home now too but I retired (early) so that I could have more time to myself. I see many of my other friends scrambling to fit family and hobbies into a schedule that still includes working full-time. I was like that and now love the stress-free life I have. Time to spend in the garden, time to learn more photography techniques (your photos have become quite an inspiration). I'm sure there's local volunteer work or groups that you could get involved with if you miss the social aspect. But I know many of my frantic friends who would like your lifestyle, if even for just awhile.
    I look fwd to your posts and your photos.

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    1. Thank you Astrid and for all your support. Lucky you I would love to have more time but I am still officially working but from home. It is indeed a real skill to be able to enjoy having time, I don't think I would ever have any problem with it as I feel there aren't enough hours in the day. X

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  6. What am wonderful way of spending your elevenses,, beats mine of a rushed coffee while carrying on working. I have just finished reading a book about a man who lived in a ramshackle cottage in the depths of Wales for 5 years. His company was only the wildlife around him, but it gave him the time to notice things and appreciate the beauty around him too.
    Such wonderful photos as always.
    Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, thankfully I am not living alone. He sounds like a brave soul, not sure I actually could do that for 5 years, but in my imagination I experiment with those kind of plans. X

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  7. Beautiful reflections - I think you are so lucky to be able to work from home and take a tea break with the mud and birds! Where many people work, the closest they can get to "outside" on a break is a shopping mall parking lot... Maybe the recession has brought a good change into your life!

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  8. I can remember having to quietly withdraw, at lunch or tea time. Sometimes the world is too much with us. But I credit long conversations at tea breaks, with my German moving from gebrochen to - last night I DREAMT in German, then I knew I could count it as my second language.

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    1. PS please don't feel obliged to reply to each comment. Swings and roundabouts. Sometimes we meet at yours, others at mine. As in RL friendships!

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    2. I can't imagine ever dreaming in German, it baffles me! Thank you Diana, I so rarely reply to comments but I am enjoying having time today as I am up very early and it's a true day off:~)

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  9. A very inspirational blog, Foxglove.
    I was made redundant from work last year. I was a care assistant and loved it. But with my family, garden and dogs...I am my own boss and have breaks when I want outside too. I am never happier now, might be poor, but money is not everything. I manage without outside sociality and like my own company too.
    I have met so many lovely gardeners online, who know when I talk about my passion!
    I also like taking photos and yours are always beautiful to look at, Foxglove :)
    Thank you for your blogs!

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    1. Thank you Catherine! The fact of having that decision made for you can be so shocking. Well done you for finding your passion. Being time rich and money poor can be a revelation:~)

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  10. Blogging has been a work substitute for me too, and a way of reconnecting with the outside world. And I'm loving the colours in these photos x

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    1. You just do such an amazing job of everything especially your blog which is simply inspiring. x

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  11. Sitting in Dalkey with a dear friend and tasting your day. thank you

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    1. Clucking I suppose? My favourite happy hen, hope you are having a wonderful and well deserved break in the big smoke. x

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  12. Nature always helps me get grounded again. Sort of centers me I guess.

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    1. Karen, thank you, certainly is grounding, quite literally!

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  13. Hi! I can't think of anything more wonderful. Taking tea breaks with the birds and going for walks without make up must more than compensate city life. Also it caused you to write a wonderful and interesting blog.

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  14. It's good that you've come to terms with your new lifestyle - it's one I'd choose over an office in the city any day!

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  15. I have only recently come across your blog, but must say I agree with your sentiments exactly. Keep on keeping on.

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  16. What a wonderful way to spend your break :) Beautiful images!

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  17. Your photos are always such sweet eye candy. So pretty. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Lovely photos! I especially like the water droplet,in a world of it's own but also reflecting all around it.

    Ruby

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  19. Your photos are so beautiful. I understand this post so well. My life here is far quieter than I ever imagined it would be. Those walks sound and look good to me !

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  20. There's no competition really. Work just keeps getting in the way of things we want to do.

    Work in an office - or escape into your own photographic world of trees, meadows and wildlife - it's a no-brainer!

    ...and 3 and 4 are my favourites...

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  21. Love the words and the photos. Simply stunning.

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  22. Stunning photos. Sounds like you're finding some balance in your changed work environment, enjoy it ;-)

    xx Jazzy

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  23. As always Catherine, your images are absolutely breathtaking and I really enjoyed the perspective you shared on working from home. I too work from home and I smiled at your description of walking across the fields covered in mud - ah yes, that sounds very familiar. Confession time here - I am still in my PJs as I write this..shameful!

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    1. Hehe, the PJs look is all the rage around here too!!

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  24. Difficult not to go inward with so much loss so the pjs, mud and outings are a refreshing break. Captivating captures Catherine,

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