Pull yourself together. What? How can I do that when I'm 'beside myself'? Yeah I know. Let's tie that in with all those other lines I've used in the past, such as, I'm 'in bits', 'all over the place', 'cracking up' and 'falling to pieces'. No wonder I'm feeling 'shattered'.
Maybe you can relate to this. I can spend so much time worrying about others that it starts to take its toll on my mental health well being. I know, just like you know, that we must take care and be gentle with ourselves. That is not selfish for we all need 'me' time.
Thus I went out again today and took a few photographs of a nearby beauty spot. I would very much like to share with you a few moments of my day.
About four miles north of Leek, Staffordshire, on the road heading towards Buxton, Derbyshire, are a series of long rocky ridges named collectively as 'The Roaches'.
Here is a closer view of part of The Roaches. Now I realise that you might be thinking of 'Roaches' as in the slang term for the end part of one those 'cigarettes' that makes you feel kinda'....well...different. Or you might have visualised one of those most amazing of bugs, the legendary, 'CockRoach'. Well actually, the name, 'The Roaches', for these magnificent gritstone escarpments, comes from the French language, as in 'les roches', which means, 'the rocks'. As a note of interest, there have evidently been sightings of Wallabies hopping around The Roaches. Did I mention something about a funny cigarettes?
Here is another view of The Roaches. The highest point in The Roaches is 1657 feet. Awesome views of Leek and the surrounding countryside can be seen from these wonders of nature.
All these photographs were taken from a place named 'Tittesworth Reservoir'. The reservoir holds up to 1.4 billion gallons of water and is the primary supply for the 'Severn Trent Water Company'. I realise you can have loads of fun with the name 'Tittesworth'.
I took one more photograph as the setting sun cast shadows on the landscape. Do you see that house in the centre of the picture? What a fantastic location that is.
This little journey out had been respite from my personal sadness. I challenge my depression. Today has been a very good day.
I hoped you like these photographs. Please take care and be gentle with yourself.