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Oh My Darlings, Let’s Explore!

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Why hello my little kitten sweet hearts, and welcome to your mid-week moment with you and I. I hope so far your week has been lovely, and you’ve had plenty of good moments. Myself?  I’ve had moments of melancholy and anxiety swirling in my head the past few days, which will need to be onto a post itself in the near future. But that post isn’t today. Today I want to talk about a simple word, with so many ideas and possibilities: explore.

Many times when we think of the idea of exploring, we think of Christopher Columbus setting off into the horizon, sailing into the great unknown.  Or traveling and exploring to a far location, needing travel guides or language translators in the process. Sure, that is exploration, in every definition of the idea.  But many times, in real life, those big far flung trips seem impossible (or difficult). There is never enough vacation time, or spare cash lying around….and exploring goes to the side.  Or does it? What if we explored right in front of us, our backyard, our neighbourhood or town? What if we only travelled 30 minutes to explore somewhere new, and then appreciate it with wonderful hearts upon arrival.  Doesn’t that sounds divine?

My inspiration for this new look at exploring, came from a mini-adventure we took last weekend. We were feeling a bit restless, wanting to do something but not really want to drive that far or spend that much cash.  I remembered reading about a woodland walk at Erddig, a nearby estate home, and we decided to hop into the car for a bit of fresh air. Five minutes, yes five minutes later…we arrived.  Instead of heading into the estate home, we turned left and headed into the woodlands.

From the beautiful autumn colors to the peace and quiet, I was in a very happy place. I found my restlessness melting away, my smile being a bit brighter and exploring heart was filled with joy. All a mere five minutes away.

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I felt wonderful exploring excitement, and perfect quiet in the same moment…

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And Freddy was a happy pup, of course…

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Strolling through medieval forests…

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Of course, I had to include pictures of the gorgeous ivy on Erddig itself. I was in sheer delight!

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Now, I know what you are thinking, “Geesh Belinda, living in Wales makes for your exploring so cool. I am not in a faraway spot like you.” Maybe.  But, respectfully, I have to disagree.  Think of the coffee shops, bakeries or small independent shops in your town or city that are lovely and perfect for exploring. Before I moved to Wales, I had bookstores and coffee shops on my list of places to become a regular at, and I never did….and now, I sort of wish I had.  Do you pass the cutest cupcake shop on your way to Target, thinking you need to stop at somepoint? Maybe try them out this weekend. Or local wine bar or coffee shop, or perfect park with lovely autumn trees?

I guess my thought here is adventure and exploration is a wonderful thing.  And I believe that it comes in many different forms: grand like a world trip to small as a walk through the woodlands. Seeing a new place, opens eyes and allows to experience something new…which always puts a big smile to my face.

I loved our journey through the autumn forest, and I am excited for our next local exploration! Of course, this makes me wonder… where do you go and explore in your neighbourhood or town? Where can you go and explore?  If you explore a local spot, I’d love to hear about it! Make sure to link in the comments, or give a little shout on Twitter.

Enjoy the rest of your week kittens, tonight is our second week of being unplugged. Movie and game night, here we come!

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