A short walk on my own after dinner; sun just setting.
Walked along the riverbank.
Saw a kingfisher in flight above the water.
A joyful flash of brilliance.
A moment later I stumbled and was stung by nettles.
Searching around for dock leaves and wondering about this old remedy.
Clutching dock leaves to my arm I wandered the other direction, through the boggy area and under the by-pass.
Making a bundle of the spent dock leaf and wrapping a long piece of grass around it.
I wondered if this was a good memento of the kingfisher sighting, or perhaps the lumps on my arm from the nettle sting?
Then spotted my first ripe blackberries of the year - ate one and brought one home as a souvenir.
Several things to mark this short walk, some fleeting, others more lasting.
Memories, marking moments with mementos?
Passed herons, also returning home.