12 Mar 2016

Take Me to the River

Proximity to water has always been high on my list of priorities when it comes to where I live.  I grew up in the Midlands so pretty much as far from the sea as you can get in the UK, so my longing for a sea breeze or an afternoon dip only grew as I got older.

Having moved from home to university to Sheffield, I still thought I wouldn't be satisfied until I ended up at the coast somewhere beautiful.  To my surprise, I was quite wrong.

What I didn't realise before moving was quite how close to water I would be.  There are vast expanses in the form of reservoirs, which I do certainly love, however the thing that I have found that I always yearn for is to be by a river.
There are many rivers around Sheffield and I'm lucky enough that there are some especially beautiful ones not ten minutes drive away.  I often crave head space that can only be gained by immersion in nature, although sometimes the countryside can be too quiet, so much so that head space is hard to come by and thoughts are only amplified by the surrounding silence.  What a river provides is its own sort of quiet, a quiet found in the gushing of the fast flowing water.
 On one such late afternoon when space in my head needed to be cleared, I headed to the riverside, pup in tow.

The light was unbelievably perfect; bright and golden, it highlighted the trees and water so beautifully.  We walked navigating the winding, muddy paths and both narrowly avoiding slipping into one of the many streams that feed the river.

I thought about how wonderful it is to be able to witness such a picturesque place transform as the seasons change, which got me thinking about how much wild swimming I desperately hope to do this coming summer.  For me the one thing better than spending time alongside a river, is being able to swim in it, which totally makes up for not living near the sea.
As I'd hoped, this riverside amble had a calming effect, but also left me feeling very grateful that I would end up somewhere that makes me so happy, even if it was by accident.



  1. Aw this is lovely! I'm definitely the same, after growing up by the sea I miss being by it so much! I'm going to be working on the coast a bit more this year and I'm very excited about it!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  2. Such a magical post! I agree that you can find a perfect calmness in the midst of nature. Such beautiful photographs. Monica x



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