My new favourite past time at the minute appears to be going for walks and taking photographs. Now this is something that both I, and my bank account is enjoying at the minute, as it's stopping me from hitting the shops when I've got nothing else to do!
There's something about just taking yourself off, and properly taking things in, and I think this is something a lot of us don't do enough of as our lives are now busier than ever, and quite often, we just don't have the time, or we're in too much of a rush to stop and look.
The aim of my walk this weekend was to find a photograph of the word 'University' (it's a bit of a long story, don't ask!), and so I set off to try and find the University campus's in Liverpool, as I figured this was probably a good place to start.
However, I got a bit distracted on the way! I started finding that there were so many little hidden places and lovely things to photograph that I just haven't discovered yet. After living in Liverpool for almost a year, you'd think I'd know the city pretty well by now. But no. Turns out, I don't even know the city centre yet!
Take the square in the top photo, I walk down the other side of this pretty often, but had never spotted the traditional english phone boxes on the other side.
Is it just me, or does this remind you a little bit of Diagon Alley...?
This gorgeous hidden away little avenue is slap bang in the middle of the city centre, literally round the corner from the main shopping area, and I've never been down here before. I didn't even know it existed even though I practically walk past it every, single, day. Crazy.
The more I spotted these little things the more I started to wonder, what else have I been missing?
The franticness of life, while yes, it gets things done, can often get in the way of seeing and appreciating the best things in life. The little things that can be the most beautiful, weird and wonderful things, the things that could inspire you, or just simply places to go when you need a bit of space.
I took these photo's on a Saturday afternoon. The city centre would have been at its busiest, but yet, there was no one else to be seen here. It was so peaceful, and I stayed and explored this little piece of the city for ages, completely undisturbed. At one point, an elderly gentleman came wandering down and I could tell he, himself was as amazed by this little space as me. Crouching down at the shop windows to see what had been there in the past. We never spoke, but it was weird, it was like we both knew what each other was thinking.
After admiring this avenue for a while, I headed up through to the other side of town. Again, I've not ventured up to this side of town a lot at all, most probably because I get as far as the shops and get distracted. A lot.
But this time I forced myself to walk straight past, didn't even stop to window shop! And eventually, I stumbled across one of the university campus's, although by this time, I hadn't a clue where I was! Normally, this would make me nervous, but I was really enjoying myself by this point and wasn't bothered at all!
These streets were just behind some of the university buildings, and I love the old style of these houses.
I'd love to live somewhere like this at some point, it just feels so homely and neighbourly, something you kind of miss in an apartment. Again, the place was so quiet and calming, with only the odd person passing and nodding a hello.
I did, eventually manage to get a photo of 'University', but I won't bore you with that photograph!
Yesterday afternoon really proved to me just how many places I haven't stumbled upon yet. But then also, how much of life I haven't seen yet either. From now on, I'm going to open my eyes a little bit more. Really make the effort to see things, take in my surroundings more and appreciate the beauty of things like this!
'Can't see the wood for the trees.'
My Grandad says this a lot, but this is definitely how I felt yesterday.