Cathedral Grove

Cathedral Grove Reaches 100+ Followers!

…and to celebrate, I’m giving away free e-hugs to all! 

I know it’s no free all-expenses paid trip around-the-world (…we’ll have to save that giveaway for 100,000 follows, I think…), but free hugs are also pretty great and they won’t give you jet lag so that’s nice too, I suppose.

Anyway, thank you SO much to one and all for helping me reach this meaningful milestone. 100 followers may not seem a lot to some, but it means a great deal to me. Thank you all once again for reading, liking, commenting, and sharing as you have so often done over this past year and a bit. 

And so…

*hug*

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*hug intensifies*

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 15, 2019

Hello, and happy Monday Mindfulness to you all once again!

Hopefully, if you’ve been off this weekend you’ve had a restful time of it, and if you’ve been at work I hope that very soon you get a nice bit of time to yourself or with loved ones to unwind and recover.

This week’s thought of the moment to start our week off comes from Zen Master and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement, Thich Nhat Hanh. As someone who all too often slips only semi-consciously into worrying over the past and the future, I feel that this quote offers an especially important reminder. 

Thích Nhất Hạnh - The Present Moment

Photo by Autumn Goodman via Unsplash.

Nature News: A Win for Re-wilding, the ‘Attenborough Effect’ in Action, and a Push Against Plastic Pollution

Between this whole unfortunate Brexit business, Trump doing whatever it is that he is doing, and a gaggle of Instagram ‘influencers’ trampling the California #superbloom…well, there will always be some not-so-nice news out there in the world, won’t there? But, fear not, because there are also really positive things happening in the world too!

It’s been a little while since the last installment, but here now are three more news stories highlighting positive developments for nature and out planet as a whole.

Read on for more. Links to sources are provided below, and all images featured here are via excellent free stock photography sites Pexels and Unsplash.

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Photo by Gustavo Quepón via Unsplash.

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Cathedral Grove is 1 Year Old Today!

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Hello and huge thanks, everyone! Because of all you lovely people out there kindly following my little seedling of a site, Cathedral Grove has put down strong roots and branched out in all sorts of ways that really please me. 

One year ago today, I published my first post – Hello, and Welcome! – here on Cathedral Grove. Since then, I’ve shared over 70 posts on topics near and dear to my heart, primarily focusing on travel + adventure, nature/environment, and wellbeing.

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I’ve certainly enjoyed working on this little creative project of mine, and I hope that you’ve taken something positive away from it as well.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet, but there will of course be more to come soon, so please stay tuned! 

In the meantime, many thanks once again to one and all! 

 

 

 

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 8, 2019

Hello, and happy Monday Mindfulness to you!

This week, I’m really liking these two quotes in particular that just so happen to be from the same person, self-help author and speaker Karen Salmansohn. Sometimes bad things happen to us or to others around us, and it can be hard not to get a bit down over it all. I believe it is so important, however, that when these things happen we do our best to remember that there is still so much good in the world. Indeed, there is so much goodness in us – and with that goodness we can help ensure that others remember these vital truths too. 

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All About That Base: Betws-y-Coed, the Gateway to Snowdonia National Park

Destination - Wales, Snowdonia NP

After a very relaxed, restful week in England’s lovely Malvern Hills, Nick and I have returned to Wales for another few days, although this time to the fringes of Snowdonia NP.

What’s been on the ol’ adventure agenda for Wales, Part 2? Well, for Nick it’s been a training course in paddlesport journey leadership, while for me it’s been woodland wanders, waterfall ogling, and…the UK’s only alpine coaster?! Yes indeed!

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Monday Mindfulness ~ March 25, 2019

Hello, all – and happy Monday! 

It’s a fresh, new Monday, meaning it’s also time for a fresh, new thought of the moment to kick-start the week.

For today’s Monday Mindfulness quote, I’ve borrowed from 18th-century German poet, playwright, and novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Wishing you all a great week ahead, filled with positive folks and experiences!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Trust Yourself
Photo by Ben Waardenburg, via Unsplash

 

A Wild Wander in Wales: Walking in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Destination - Wales, the Brecon Beacons NP

It’s been just a little over two weeks since the start of our six-month-long work sabbatical, and our adventures have now truly begun in earnest! 

After a week and a bit of local wanderings in the Yorkshire/Lancashire area with my partner Nick, we headed down to Wales. Driving southwest for just shy of four hours, we arrived at the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the site of our first adventures further afield. 

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Monday Mindfulness ~ March 11, 2019

Hello again, everyone.

Here’s hoping that this fresh dose of Monday Mindfulness finds you well – that you are happy and healthy, that you enjoy a few lovely adventures today and in the days ahead, and that you find time to be kind to yourself as well as to others. 

For today’s thought of the moment, here’s a lovely bit of writing from Indian-Canadian poet and illustrator Rupi Kaur. I hope you enjoy it.

Until next time, all the best to you all.

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5 Books About Nature and the Environment Worth Reading This World Book Day

Today in the UK it’s World Book Day, which seems a fine time as any to pass along a few recommendations of some truly worthwhile non-fiction books concerning nature and the environment. I’ve enjoyed reading these books at some point over the past few years, and I suspect many of you might enjoy them too.

Let’s get right to it, shall we? And if you have a recommendation as well, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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It’s March 4th…

…the day we march forth toward adventure! (See what I did there? Honestly, we didn’t choose this particular date because of how it sounded, but now that I’ve thought of this connection I find the date rather appropriate, really!)

Yes, that’s right – today is the official beginning of our sabbatical. A few months off work to rest and re-center, to scratch that travel itch, to try new things and discover fresh interests, to have experiences and take part in training that might help us in the future both professionally and personally. 

Honestly, knowing what a worrier I can be about all the things, at all the times, I expected that as this day approached I’d be a big tangled ball of stress-yarn. Instead, I’ve felt lighter this weekend. As I was finishing my last few shifts for the time being this weekend, I noticed how positively different I felt. A weight was being lifted, and I could breathe deeply again. 

It feels so good to be in command of my time and energies for the next while and a bit, to be able to say ‘yes’ to experiences and endeavors that I’d ordinarily refrain from, feeling that I needed to reserve a significant chunk of myself for the intense, physically and emotionally draining work week ahead.

It might sound a bit cheesy, but today I feel like a superhero. Wonder Meg. 

I rather like that.

(Now I want to wear a cape.)

I’m so grateful to you all for joining me here on my little seedling of a site, and I’m really looking forward to sharing loads more content with you soon. Until next time, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in my journey a bit more. I’m sending all of you all the mental hugs and high fives I can.

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Monday Mindfulness ~ February 25, 2019

Greetings, everyone!

After a bit of a hiatus, Monday Mindfulness is back once more! Today, I’m sharing not one, but two new quote creations (I make all these little text-on-image thingamajigs via Canva, an excellent free graphic design tool which I can very much recommend to just about any and all fellow bloggers…) to help kick off the new week. It’s my last week of full-time work for a while, as I’ll be on a work sabbatical after this. Standing on the brink of adventure, it seemed appropriate to feature a few quotes on the topic of travel! So, here we are – a quote from 19th century French science fiction writer Jules Verne, as well as another quote by English Renaissance philosopher Francis Bacon.

All the best to you and yours this week. May you find a bit of time in your schedule for an adventure big or small, solo or with others!

Jules Verne - Travel If You Can

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