I think what it is that I love about the cooler months, is the way that you can feel that crisp morning air as you breathe in, filling your lungs with an intense injection of fresh life. Accompany this with rolling hills, views across the Waitakeres and a fluffly companion by your side, I just couldn’t resist setting out for a good stroll over the weekend. Getting out and just being one with the beautiful countryside that is quite literally on our door step, is something David and I have started to try and embrace more often. It’s so easy to just get caught up in being busy and always set in ‘productive mode’, but it is so important to remember to take a step back, take in all the little things around you and just appreciate the moment. Seeing Zach, our two year old Border Collie, totally in his element running around like a complete nutter through the endless fields, was definitely such a moment. He’s such an interesting little soul; imagine quite possibly one of the smartest dogs you know, who is only just coming out of his ‘teenage’ phase (fingers crossed!) and also believes he’s a lap dog, at 24kgs. I couldn’t have been more content. The quiet. The views. The smell of damp earth. Sometimes there is just no better way to calm the mind than to wander in nature.