Weeds are Pretty

Sometimes I forget how lucky I am.

I’m so busy focusing on the ‘important stuff’ like the dinner, rent, kids, housework, rush to school that I forget to look up.

However, the last couple of days I have been looking up, especially on the school walk and have been astonished and amazed by what I have seen.

Usually the school run is, well, I’m sure you know. Rush, charge, bags packed, clock watching, temper tantrums and generally poor behavior – and the kids can get a bit grumpy too sometimes!

So I have missed what I am so lucky to have. The reason I noticed this week was because over the last couple of days both my elder son and myself have been struggling a bit with hay-fever.

Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and wheezing…

Our school walk is about a mile each way, and about a third of that is along an old railway line turned into a path. The sides of the path have grown-up over the years and are now full with undisturbed plants and trees. Over the last few days the blossoms have been on full alert and so has the pollen – hence the itching eyes and clogged up throats.

As a bit of fun, myself and the toddler have taken photographs of all the so-called weeds and the trees so that you can have a glimpse of the natural beauty that we walk through everyday. And during this process I have really noticed what I have only been slightly aware of. We are really lucky.

While some, if not most, people are trudging to school along busy roads and side-streets, or stuck in the heavy traffic queues (due to the huge amount of roadworks going on in our town at the moment), we three are merrily skipping along a beautiful path in gorgeous surroundings watching nature and seeing beauty. I am so lucky, so blessed.

Back to the flowers

I regret that I don’t know the names of most of them… but you know what, I don’t care. It doesn’t matter what they are called – they are all still really pretty.

And that leads me to the next thought…

Why is a weed, no matter how pretty, considered a pest by gardener’s?

I think that I will leave that thought hanging in the air.

Unusually for me, I’m going to stop short with the waffle and just leave you with this collection of photos taken by me and my toddler (so some are a little bit fuzzy!).

Enjoy.

Bye for now

Alison

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