Spring has come at last to little haven with its beautiful soundtrack of birds chirping and bees buzzing around blossoms, who’s pungent scent drifts through the air with the promise of future sun-filled days ahead, with a few rainy days thrown in for good measure.
After a strange, reclusive winter of being in lockdown at home, I’ve had some time to reflect and I realised it has been an entire year since I updated the blog. At first it was because last spring we were so busy with projects around the property. Then in summer the bushfires happened and our whole region was thrown into chaos. Then came the pandemic. It just never seemed the right time and honestly it felt like I had no creativity and was retreating within myself. Yet now spring has arrived and with it the feeling of new beginnings. Like the seeds that have laid dormant all winter long I have felt a reawakening and a desire to share once again.
We have been busy with projects such as gravelling the driveway and fencing the veggie garden and the beautiful antique gate we found has finally been hung. This area is still very much a work in process as now the sod needs to be removed, back gate installed, wood chips paths to be laid down and chicken wire to be attached to the fence to keep out the chickens and our ever-inquisitive dog Sage.
Not much is growing in the veggie patch apart from some herbs, lettuce, and strawberries. However, in the flower bed there is the new growth of echinacea that I thought the frost had killed, and I am really excited to see the beautiful pink-purple coneflowers in Summer.
We also have put up our little watcher, the owl to keep an eye on our patch when we aren’t around.
And for the rest of the property, Sage is proving to be a very good guard dog.
On a different note, in the last few weeks I’ve been reminded how important self-care is during these times so I have started with little rituals and meditations to celebrate the changing seasons.
I have also lost myself to many good books that have sparked new thoughts and ideas. Just this morning I found myself under the front veranda with a tea and blanket, listening to the rain while reading Dune, when I came across this quote,
“A person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing you to grow. Without them, it sleeps- seldom to awaken. The sleeper must awaken.”
The quote seemed timely with Spring here and my recent feelings of reawakening. Perhaps this is what I needed, new experiences, changes, and the turning of the wheel of the year. I hope wherever you are you are finding ways to look after yourself and to take joy where you can find it.