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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Three Dogs, Two Bridges

I don't know about where you are, but here on Exmoor, the sun has been scorching this week. So much so, that it's all you can do to roll down to the nearest river with friends.

It's late, and I'm not yet into the bloggy swing of things, so I'll let a few photos do most of the talking.

We started with a particularly doggy trip to Landacre Bridge for a picnic. If you know the way, there's a pool deep enough to dive into.

Next to Pool Bridge campsite for the evening. Making tea is a little more dramatic when you're camping.

But so much more satisfying in the end.

The river seemed much drier than before, to the disappointment of a dog that could swim in circles for hours if given the chance. Sorry Zeb.

Luckily another river pool was discovered further downstream. With its own water slide!

It's hard to come away from a couple of days like this without a warm feeling of peacefulness. I hope you have had a chance to get out into the sun and frolic too. 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

(Re)live your life

Have you ever heard an idea so simple, that it surprises you how thoroughly it can change your outlook on life?

I heard it the first time on a podcast on productivity, but it popped up again on zen habits' last post. This little idea is to ask yourself one question before you do anything. The question:

How will I feel about this once the day's over?

The version I heard on this podcast was to ask yourself at the beginning of the day:

What would I do differently if I lived this day again?

I bet the answer wouldn't be 'Oh, spend a couple more hours mindlessly browsing Facebook, maybe watch some more TV on Netflix.'

How easy it is to let a day pass you by in mindlessness. And you watch the weeks and months disappear in front of your eyes. And you find yourself saying, all the time, 'Gosh, has it been a year since that happened, already? How time flies.' And you wonder what you've got to show for it, with a slight sense of unease.

Asking this question reminds you that you are a making a choice.

So, what's it going to be?