Slow and steady

Moving slowly through the UK countryside


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Tai Chi and gardens

I started learning Tai Chi last year, and really enjoy it. It’s calm and gentle, but it really helps to loosen up my neck and shoulders after too much computer slumping.

Apparently, it is World Tai Chi Day, where people all round the world are taking part in Tai Chi sessions at 10 am, sending a wave of peace and calmness round the world’s time zones.  I rather liked that idea, so I joined in a lovely session this morning in a village garden, along with bees, birds and flowers.  Beautiful!

If you’ve never tried Tai Chi, and get a chance, do try it.

The green and purple border is at Coton Manor garden, near Northampton, which we visited a few days ago.  That would be a lovely place to do Tai Chi too.  Those purple tulips have amazing fringes along the edges of the petals – very strange.

The flamingoes are free-range, and they move as though they are doing Tai Chi, placing their feet oh-so-carefully.

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Spring flowers

It was misty first thing, but is brightening up now. A bit too chilly for butterflies, but the flowers look good. These are iPad photos, which aren’t as sharp as my fancy camera, but it’s so easy to click and upload without plugging in cables, and putting labels on photos. How lazy does technology make us?

Still, I have vacuumed a stair-carpet this morning, with a horribly-badly-designed vacuum cleaner, which makes up a bit. Plus, my thighs are still aching from running a mile the day before yesterday.

Narcissus flower

Pheasant’s eye narcissus

Tulips

Tulips like flames

Orange wallflowers

Wallflowers – can you smell them?