“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”
~ Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book
“…I don’t just wish you rain, Beloved – I wish you the beauty of storms…”
~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
I’m so glad that we went and cast seed around the paddocks, because yesterday it rained almost all day, and then into the night.
My little farmhouse felt like a houseboat, as we sat on the veranda sipping tea and looking out over the misty rain-drenched fields.
The tiny birds that live in our garden were so grateful for the rain. They hopped in and out of the bird bath, chirping merrily and calling to all of their friends.
The bird bath looked quite lonely when they all flew up into the teak to take shelter from the heavier downfall.
You’ll see that there is washing on the clothes line. It hadn’t been quite dry the day before, so I left it out.
Yesterday morning it was still a little damp.
“Looks like rain. You’d better bring it in,” said Ben.
But that may have been tempting fate. I left it out and sure enough it began to rain about ten minutes later. I don’t mind at all. Soggy clothes and soggy paddocks? I’ll take that! The grass seed will be loving all of this life-giving water.
We had a proper storm or two, complete with rolling thunder and bright blazes of lightning.
When the storm passed I played in the rain like a child, then came back to the house all muddy and chilled, after which I had a long lovely soak in the bath and put on clean pyjamas.
The hounds also frolicked in the rain, and came home soaked and filthy. To their delight they also got a bath and a rub down with a nice soft towel. Oh, the luxury of it all.
Heaven was reading a book in bed after dinner, tucked up between clean sheets, and then falling asleep to the sound of gentle drubbing on the tin roof, croaking frogs and the gift of night’s fragrant cool air, rich with the scents of earth, foliage and rain. (This fat, croaky fellow came into my kitchen to say hello while I was making dinner!)
It’s good for the soul to take a step back sometimes, to slow down a little, breathe all that good air and remind ourselves what a magical planet we call home!
Wishing you a peaceful day.
Lots of love, Nicole xx
PS – Feel free to drink in all this lovely green heart chakra energy through my pictures. Nature has so many healing gifts for us