Running out of Autumn

After a bout of illness, I’m back to running after about 3 weeks off. I’d previously got to covering 10km in intervals but I’ve regressed somewhat to 5km all-in-one runs the last few jaunts.

What I’ve noticed is that suddenly the season of Autumn is not of distain to me as it used to be. I used to recoil at all the leaves shrivelled and mushed up with footfall and natural decomposition. I have memories of soggy school trousers slapping the back of my legs and the 10 year old me desperately avoiding the city puddles but only to be hit with a spray of swamp from an inescapably dirty November car roaring through a puddle on the road. Traipsing back from school in the cold dusk twilight, I remember just wanting to get home and out of this filthy mess.

Now however, nature reclaiming its nutrients and the ground having a quilt of leaves covering its earth is nothing less than beautiful. What was formerly the crowning glory of summer is now the ground’s insulation, a home for a whole ecosystem and part of the cycle of the land and I enjoy being in it and sensing it shifting.



I have a few spots along this run of 5km in which I see the shifts of time prominently  and I plan of capturing these every few weeks and sharing them.

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Swans and Geese in the distance of the Beet fields.


A view that will surely change with the seasons. The cold harsh sleep of Autumn/ Winter on show here.

Listening to: At Home: A Short History of Private Life – Bill Bryson

By far not a quick run, but considering I was snapping all of the above pictures- not bad. I love the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction after a run. On this run I decided that I was going to write another blog (this one) and thought thoroughly about what I wanted out of it. As mentioned before, I used to write about just sewing and craft but after two years- my life felt bottlenecked into this and I wanted to write about a lot more than just craft. So, img_1434I laid my blog dormant and went out and just lived and learned what I was newly excited about. I have missed blogging though. Cathartic, therapeutic, organised. Logging my life and sharing it with the unknown is exciting and  even though throughout my blogging absence I have kept abreast with instagram and twitter, the process of writing is what I truly love about blogging.

So here we are as Autumn walks away down the path and up walks Winter, here are some more pictures from the towpath I run down and lets look forward to how it will change over the next 12 months and indeed, how I will change over the next 12 months.

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Badger sett hidden along the towpath, only just spotted this so hopefully the gaze of the culling gang will overlook it. Having read and heard opinions on the culling of badgers, the science and research appear to show that this culling is of little use. Family systems blown to pieces mean that badgers are dispersed and decimated.

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My running buddy, Clive. 7 years old and almost mockingly trots next to me.

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Note to self: next year do more (edit: do SOMETHING) with Rose Hips.

C x

 

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Hello.

 

(Photography circa 2011)

I am Cathy… a 31 year old mother, dog owner, serial ‘hobbier’ and optimist.I used to have the blog ‘Bundana Begins’ but have decided to leave that to sleep as it was primarily a sewing blog. Sewing is still important to me, but I don’t feel that I want write solely about craft and sewing. I also felt that if I wrote about other bits and bobs that interest me (and there are a lot- I will come to this later) that the existing readership would feel a bit miffed and confused.

So, here is Bundana blog. Bundana because I’m Cathy Bundy and blog because that is what this is.

Hobbies. Well, to say that I enjoy life and have tried lots would be an understatement. I am a hobby hummingbird.. I have a basic knowledge of:

Photography, Cycling, Running, Sewing, Knitting, Embroidery, Chicken maintenance, Allotments/ Veg growing, Yoga, Canoeing, Kayaking, Baking, Foraging, Collecting CDs, Art Collecting, Jewellry making, Nature identification, Walking/ Hiking, Travelling, Red wine

<edit> Best friend Laura added… Taekwondo

This list is by no means exhaustive and as I am reminded (by my long suffering loved ones) of dormant hobbies I have stoked with passion and then moved on to the next one – I shall update appropriately.

So what now? Well, in all honesty… now I am getting to know myself and love who I am. In my twenties I would enthusiastically be discussing photography even though, in reality, it was 3 hobbies ago and I was now sewing. Now, I am happy with my fleeting shifts of passion. It is who I am and I am still as eager about life and what I am interested in as I was in my twenties and I hope I shall be in my forties and beyond!

So now, expect this blog to be a documented exposé of my current interests and break-down/ build up of them. Currently, I’m enthused by:

Running, Cooking, Being a Parent to my 3 years old daughter, Scuba Diving, Nature identification, Foraging, Learning Spanish (thanks to meeting Antonio 🙂 ), Knitting and Art

So that is what I shall write about. I have just come back from a run and saw some lovely nature… that would be a typical blog from me.

Welcome back any old readers from my serious sewing days and welcome any new readers.

C x