A slight delay

I was a bit shocked to notice that I hadn’t written anything here for over 8 months….time and life get away sometimes and you suddenly realise that you haven’t been doing something you enjoy. It’s so easy to get caught in the rut of daily life, paying bills, maintaining a home, keeping up with your ‘responsibilities’….and some of the things  you enjoy doing (which hold no recognised productivity gain in our society) get pushed back until you find it’s been a long time since you read a good book, made a quilt or written a blog.

So time to start it again. Whether anyone reads it or not, I still enjoy writing it 🙂

I’ve been fortunate to have spent most of the Winter season of the previous 4 years in a warmer climate somewhere. This year I went on a trip to Peru but it was earlier and I was home by 6th June, so I’ve been experiencing our very cold winter firsthand this year! The lovely series of valleys that form the Upper Murray area are graced by very little winter wind – so no cold gusts cutting through you as they do further down the road. It does mean, however, that we get frosts, and fog that just sits….and sits….and sits….for days on end….no sunshine or sky showing all day, after day, after day. I may be exaggerating, sometimes it only goes for 3 days and then we get a break for a day or so before it rolls back in. We certainly rejoice when the sun makes an appearance as it instantly warms up quite significantly, but there’s beauty in the silence of the fog, in the mists that swirl and create hazy circles around lights. And when they can create some beautiful sunsets and sunrises….for those of us up early enough to witness them. 🙂

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There’s a Falcon that’s become a local resident on the farm. Often sitting on a fencepost in my driveway, and Wendy was able to get some great photos of it looming out from the fog, to share with me.

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The days are short but they encourage creative pursuits – ones that can be done in a warm home before or after work. Sewing, reading, dancing, studying, catching up on Game of Thrones 🙂

And suddenly the shortest day has been and gone and the mornings are starting to be brighter, the days infinitesimally longer, and buds starting to appear on flowers. A stirring happens within our bodies, a slow awakening of energy that produces more motivation to get things done. One day there is a need to look at the garden, to prune,  to think about getting garden beds ready for planting. On another day thoughts of spring cleaning or brightening the decor or painting furniture begin to seep into the conscious mind.

I love all the seasons, although not a fan of being very hot or very cold, I find it’s very simple to find somewhere warm or cool when needed. There’s something magical about a bonfire on a cold night and so this is certainly a good time of the year for them! We’re very blessed that way living here.

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