We only moved to Bryher five years ago, at which point we sold up, left behind our mainland life to become part of this magical group of Islands. We have never regretted that decision. Now facing an uncertain future we still don't regret our move; for whatever happens we have lived here, been part of Bryher's rich history and loved every moment. These islands touch people in a way no one can quite describe. Certainly we all have words to describe its beauty, its tranquility, the almost meditative state that enters your being as you arrive, but there is something deeper, something that affects us so deep inside we just can't quite name it.
Before we moved here, like many others we spent every holiday exploring the different islands. Counting down for our one week a year of Scilly time.
I was thinking on my walk today about what tiny little things I used to love on those trips. Not so much the obvious; being off work, spending time with the family, enjoying the beaches, but specific glimpses of feelings that made my heart sing and my bones ache with a settlement and happiness that I didn't really feel in other places.
One of those memories was the walls, those timeless higgledy piggledy granite walls smothered in lichens and succulents of every colour, shape and size.
For some unknown reason they are pleasing, comforting, always there to make you smile. Full of life; the quick-fleeting wren, spiders in their silky homes and numerous other tiny creatures unseen by passers by.
Of course I still see the walls everyday and whether consciously or not they are part of the beautiful patchwork of Bryher that I absorb and thrive on. It is in times such as these that we tend to remember what the wonderfull little things are, not just pass on by but really appreciate them again, like we did when we only had a week in which to feel their presence.
I'm not sure if anyone else feels the same about the walls of Bryher, I'm sure you all have you're own special treasures that you love to see and feel every time you come here, but I do know we all have a deep and shared love of this tiny island.
I'd love to know what they are.
For those of you who may share my love of the walls here are a few for you to enjoy.