I’ve recently moved from the City of Bradford to the Countryside of Leeds (Methley), and I’m pleased to say I would never live back in the City now I have seen the beauty of the countryside. Last year was my first summer in the countryside, and it made me feel like a child again, climbing trees, looking for frogs, making dens and just staying outside until the early hours of the morning listening to the relaxing sounds of the crickets and birds. Yes, you can hear birds at night time! I always thought birds would sleep during the night? But last summer I could hear the birds chirping up until morning. I saw many types of wildlife that I had never seen in the city or at least rarely seen.
In Methley, there is a glorious Nature reserve, full of man-made ponds, which is located alongside
the River Aire and Leeds to Liverpool Canal. These ponds attract all different types of birds, my favourites are the swans and if you’re really lucky (which I was last year) you may even spot some Cygnets. The nature reserve is perfect for avid bird watchers, dog walkers or people that just love to walk.
Behind our home are numerous fields and last year I loved taking the kids out and participating in many imaginative adventures. To be totally honest I think I enjoyed it more than the kids. The activity that took up most of the summer was building our tree den; it was magnificent and If I’d have been a child myself I would have been proud to call it my own.
I am so looking forward to re-kindling the magic of summer 2013 again this year. I believe that children have stopped using their ability to create games through their imagination because of all the technology available nowadays. Gone are the days where children would be gone for hours playing in fields, parks or even gardens and most children would now prefer to be locked up in their bedrooms with their eyes glued to the TV for hours on end. I’m going to dedicate as much time as possible with my own children, Brothers, Sister, Nephew, Niece, into expressing how much more fun and important it is to use their imagination and truly worship the goodness of nature.