just a quick post to pass on my experiences on rural living.
My girlfriend and I have just come back from doing the weekly shop, we set out to head towards the superstore and we quickly found out it wouldn’t be quite as simple as we first thought. The road we were going to use was at the bottom of a hill where the River Derwent travels through and because of all the rain over the past few days it had flooded the entire area so the road was closed off. Taking an alternate route we went up and around and from our elevated position we were witness to an absolutely amazing sight. The entire valley was awash with water, fields were a patchwork of little tufts of greenery showing through above the flooded areas with the railway track meandering through it all built up to stand above this flood-land.
Families would come down to stand and look in awe at this spectacle, taking photos with mobiles and camera and I’m sure these images will appear somewhere on their facebook pages or on their very own blog’s very soon.
My first experience at natures pure power was back in 1975 when I went as part of the crew up to Scotland to sail on the Schooner Captain Scott. It was a training ship used basically for character building, businesses would send young men to be part of the crew and take part in orienteering exercises, camping and hill walking and at the end of the 26 day course if you completed it you had passed the Gold Award of the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.
Sailing up to Stornoway overnight was an experience in itself but on the whole during my entire course I had the rare chance to see nature at her finest and her worst. The sights of dolphins chasing along at the side of the sailing ship; a pod of killer whales and the sights of the islands as we sailed by them was just breathtaking and much much more and the worst was when we had to shelter by the Isle of Skye overnight as gale force winds made it impossible for us to land and complete our camping exercise on that island as the winds were gusting over 60 mph at sea level, God only knows how bad it would have been up on the hills. As we sheltered in the lee of the island, not even allowed up on deck we could feel the awesome power of the wind as it rocked the ship.
Today I had another chance to view natures power how in a blink of her eye she could change the landscape seemingly on a whim. It makes you step back and realise just how insignificant we are on that kind of scale and the only impact we could have, if any is by helping out those who are in need at times like these. Kind of puts your life into perspective somewhat.
See you soon,