The Peace and Serenity of a Sunset
My two favourite times of the day, the sunrise and the sunset. I never fail to be in awe of both and get a huge amount of pleasure in witnessing this beautiful scene.
I was born and brought up in the country and as with most things, when you have known no different you take for granted and become complacent with what you have, see and do.
I didn’t realise I was a country girl until I moved to an urban area and lived in a modern house on an estate. It was a fabulous new house with all ‘mod con’s’ the fitted kitchen a dream and the rooms spacious. Pressing a button for instant heating instead of cleaning out the grate for a fire was a revelation!
We had all the conveniences of shops, local services and pubs right on our doorstep.
The novelty of it all wore off quickly, it’s hard to explain but I just somehow didn’t feel content with it all. Although I had a good sized garden and planted it with my favourite plants, the garden wasn’t the private, peaceful place I had in the country. How I missed the peace and quiet of rural life.
I’d look out of the window and all I could see were more houses, but high in the sky I would see the colours of the sunset in the clouds, it always seemed just out of sight and out of reach.
I found the atmosphere of urban life suffocating, I couldn’t just be ‘me’ I missed the fields, the trees and sky, I missed the birds and the country sounds, most of all I just missed being close to nature.
I made the decision to move back to the country and soon realised this was where I belonged. I am a country girl at heart and I don’t really mind cleaning the grate out at all!
But my most favourite thing about living here, is the ability to look out of my windows and see the signs of a beautiful sunrise or sunset. I can grab my camera run across the lane into the field and there to the east is a clear view of the sunrise and the beautiful views to the west of the sunset.
I took these photographs in November, this was my favourite sunset of 2011 and they were taken just a few yards away from our home.
What a privilege it is to watch such an incredibly beautiful scene, you become completely immersed in it’s majesty, a wonderful feeling of peace and tranquillity washes over you, a sunset is a very special time indeed.
The Peace and Serenity of the Sunset
No matter what I’ve done today
Or emotions I may have felt
I stand here now and watch in awe
As weariness slowly drifts away
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