I’m indoors, office bound, outside it’s a cloudless June day. Summer in all it’s optimistic glory – and I’m missing it!

There’s little chance of getting outdoors, a paper mountain to climb, the phone’s been ringing off the cradle, and the e-mail pings and demands attention. Sigh!

Thanks goodness for weekend’s and the Great Outdoors. Already this week we’ve had picnic teas in the garden, the paddling pool’s been out for the kids, and the strawberry’s turn redder still in the ‘allotment -in-the-clouds’. All good stuff and an antidote to city heat and over-heated people’s frayed  nerves.

Here’s a few thought-provoking quotes and gorgeous drawings of flowers to urge us away from the football, and outdoors this weekend…

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“Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” — J.R.R. Tolkien
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“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.” – Walt Whitman
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“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.” — Wilfred Peterson
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“And then it was fine. Better than fine. It was phenomenal. I woke up on day nine to nothing but rain and was happy. It was just that simple. Had it gotten bad enough that it had to be good? Had I finally just given in to the experience?” – Majka Burhart
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“I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.” — G.M. Trevelyan
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“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.” – Anne Frank
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“Maybe freedom really is nothing left to lose. You had it once in childhood, when it was okay to climb a tree, to paint a crazy picture and wipe out on your bike, to get hurt. The spirit of risk gradually takes its leave. It follows the wild cries of joy and pain down the wind, through the hedgerow, growing ever fainter. What was that sound? A dog barking far off? That was our life calling to us, the one that was vigorous and undefended and curious.” – Peter Heller
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“The whole concatenation of wild and artificial things, the natural ecosystem as modified by people over the centuries, the build environment layered over layers, the eerie mix of sounds and smells and glimpses neither natural nor crafted- all of it is free for the taking, for the taking in. Take it, take it in, take in more every weekend, every day, and quickly it becomes the theater that intrigues, relaxes, fascinates, seduces, and above all expands any mind focused on it. Outside lies utterly ordinary space open to any casual explorer willing to find the extraordinary. Outside lies unprogrammed awareness that at times becomes directed serendipity. Outside lies magic.” – John Stilgoe                                    
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