“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”~ Jane Austen
I’m home. I slept last night in my own bed. After so long in the city it was good beyond measure to be here at my little farm, surrounded by a thick blanket of peace and the sounds of night; cattle lowing, croaking frogs, the grunts of the koalas and the cries of the owl.
I woke just before 4am, as is my wont, to meditate for a dear friend and her 99-year-old father who is in his final days. The air was fresh and cool against my skin, and so quiet you could almost hear the earth breathing in and out. My wise owl sat just above me in the Jacaranda, and we communed together a while.
Now the sun is up, and there are the first stirrings of the day. The world is waking to the sound of the Magpies, Black Cockatoos and Kookaburras, who seem especially joyful this morning.
There is heavy mist, and the air is moist and humid. All around me is lush greenery, and everything is bursting forth buds and new growth.
There’s more rain coming. The creeks and rivers are already turgid and brown. It won’t take much for them to burst their banks. We’re keeping one eye on the weather, and our bags will stay packed, ready to leave so that we won’t be flooded in again.
The cows and their calves are fat as butter from the flush of fresh feed, and Mama Possum and her baby banged around on the roof last night to let us know they were here so that I would leave fruit out for them this morning.
I was worried everything would have rotted in the vegetable garden, but I found a handful of heritage French Breakfast radishes to add to my morning juice, and my parsley, mint, passionfruit, citrus and guavas are all going mad. Hooray!
I can’t stop smiling, and neither can the dogs. We’re home. Free to ramble through the paddocks, to breathe in the good, clean country air, to say hello to all our friends and neighbours, and to just be.
There is something so comforting about being home. I’m glad you got to share some of this good energy with me.
Sending you much love, Nicole. Bless ♥ xx