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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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Spring is here

Spring has definitely hit us now – days of gorgeous sunshine, blue skies, blossom and bees. It’s so restful just sitting on the verandah with a cup of tea for a few minutes in the morning and listening to the birds busily flitting around and feeding babies. Only a few minutes unfortunately because this is a time of busy-ness for humans as well! The lawn grows so fast it needs cutting every week and the weeds are just as excited as the rising bulbs are to emerge and reach for the sun. It’s a great grounding experience, sitting and weeding, running my hands through the dirt to get as many of the bits of kikuyu out of the garden bed before planting petunias. I feel truly blessed that I’m able to do that and enjoy getting dirty 🙂

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If there wasn’t such an urgency in the back of my mind I could just do a little bit now and then when I can fit it in….but not only does the Spring weather insist on it being done now, so too does the looming date of my son’s wedding. Now less than a mere 3 weeks from taking place in my garden! I’m so excited and thrilled that they’re getting married here….but my plans of a few months back are starting to get cut back to reality. I’ve decided I like weeds in my lawn, they make it more interesting and more attractive for birds, and mulch can cover anything! My mantra for the past week has been ‘I can do ANYTHING, but I can’t do EVERYTHING’. It will be gorgeous and special regardless and I’m determined to be stress-free about it all and enjoy the whole process. So, as much as I love having visitors to my B&B and cottage, I have blocked out the next few weeks so I can concentrate on other matters!

I’m also excited to now be a Wellness Consultant with doTERRA . This is a wonderful range of Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential oils that amaze me with their potency and effects. If you’d like me to share more information on them then just ask! Or click here.

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