Last Thursday saw the launch of the ‘walk and write’ group at Stanwick Lakes, bringing together nature and expressive writing. The Skyloft Coffee Lounge was the setting for introductions to one another and to the afternoon’s writing activities (sunglasses needed here in bright sunshine!). Our theme this month, quite apt for such a warm autumn day, was water and the River Nene’s journey through Stanwick Lakes.
The first stop on our walk was the bridge beyond the play area. We spent a few minutes here silently observing the scene, watching the river and allowing ourselves to become more aware of the sights and sounds around us. Our attention was instantly drawn to the luminous green of the reeds stretching out in the water. Moving on, we paused a second time at a sweeping bend in the river; another opportunity to be ‘in the moment’, calm our minds and focus on the natural world around us. As if on cue, a fish rose to the surface to capture our attention! Each short pause during our walk provided the opportunity to scribble words and phrases in our notebooks.