Sunday, 28 March 2010
Outside my front door - the Gallery Week 5
This week's Gallery theme at Tara's from Sticky Fingers is 'outside my front door'.
This tree is on a path just up the road from our village - on the walk from the now infamous viaduct. I live in West Yorkshire, a stunning, green, occasionally fantastically bleak part of the world. I never truly realised how beautiful it it was until I went away to university down in the West Midlands at 18. On my first weekend back to the People's Republic of Yorkshire, I nearly wept when I saw the glorious hills rearing up to meet me!
I love this photograph. Little O is enjoying the sense of freedom and excitement that climbing his first tree has brought. This was taken in August 2008 - I'd finished my radiotherapy two weeks previously and this was a rare sunny day that month. M and I packed a picnic and took O's bike with us and we just had a perfect family day with laughter, linked arms and snuggles and cuddles on the picnic blanket. I'd been out and about occasionally that summer, but this was the first time I'd felt anywhere near my old happy self. I love the fact that I can look back at such a difficult time for all of us and think of good things - that's the beauty of 'outside my front door'.
The joy of being able to walk out of the house and wander freely amongst these beautiful scenes is what I love about where I live. Yes, my house is too small and I would give my right arm for more space, but I wouldn't change our home if it meant leaving all this behind. Our lives are enriched by being here and I know that O will always be able to look back, remember days like this and smile.