Friday 8 May 2015

And I'm feeling good

Nina Simone sums it all up

Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin' on by you know how I feel.
It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life for me yeah
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me
 And I'm feeling good
Cate's prompt is Where do I go to when I want to feel good? In an ideal world I'd be sitting under a sun umbrella in the sunshine, sipping prosecco and watching the world go by somewhere in Italy.  Lake Garda would do nicely.  There's something so relaxing about it, the world is going about its business, the water is lapping on the shoreline and the pace of life has slowed beautifully.
In reality, although Stansted airport is just 8 miles down the road, I can't just hop on a plane any time I want so where else is my 'happy place' that I can get to easily.  Well, if I have an hour or two to get there I would choose Frinton on Sea or Southwold.  Two very old fashioned, unspoilt places where you can just pack up a picnic, take a blanket to sit on and enjoy the British seaside.  The pace of life is so slow (which is probably why lots of people choose to retire there.  In fact they're both places where I can almost guarantee I'd be referred to as a 'youngster' by the locals)and you can just sit and relax.
If I only have a few minutes to spend on travelling then I am so fortunate to live in a place where the open countryside is literally less than five minutes away.  We have Southern Country Park right behind us and if you venture a little further you are out in open farmland.  No traffic, the only sound is bird song or the bleating of lambs.  A perfect place to clear your head, breath in some good country air and get away from it all.
That's it - I need to step away from the computer and get out and get some of that fresh air.  Where is your feel good place?


Sian said...

I'm going to be singing that for that rest of the day now (and that's not a bad thing!) It's popular with the music teacher at school let's just say we've all had a chance to learn the words over the course of several concerts!

The sun on my back and a good book. That's what I need

Ruth said...

I need: a quiet corner to read without interruptions, a visit to a bookshop or time for scrapbooking. Easily pleased.