Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Day 7 - Uitwaaien - to walk in the wind

Robert Macfarlane is a hoarder of words and I love his book 'Landmarks' which is a glossary of dialectal nature words and terms which are gradually disappearing from common usage.

During my short lunch break at work today I sat outside in the strong breeze and watched the bees on the lavender and logged on to Robert's twitter feed to see what his word of the day was. I was in for a delightful surprise.

Uitwaaien - a Dutch word meaning 'to clear your head or lift your heart by taking a brief break in nature'. I had certainly had a brief break in nature and my spirits had been lifted as a result just watching those tiny tenacious insects clinging on, gathering nectar and pollinating flowers. Inspiration for my much more mundane task of typing letters! Thanks Robert!

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