A Refreshing Pause

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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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

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12 thoughts on “A Refreshing Pause

  1. You bring joy and sunshine into my life
    Since starting to read your blog last year when I broke my back, I have relocated to the coast and opened up a Faery shop. You have inspired me, thanks Nicole.

  2. I really enjoyed this!! I do love the rain, as a matter of fact I just wrote a post about the rain as well. However, today, my children have me climbing the walls. I feel so uptight and overwhelmed, that sitting here for a few minutes and reading your lovely words has already calmed me down. Thank you!! Beautifully written, lovely pictures and cute doggy!!!

  3. I’m not sure where to start about your post today Nicole . I could write pages and pages it’s such delight .
    1st I love both quotes but the 1st is the best, cos that’s what I do, rain is meant for a good book.
    2nd I love your bird bath.
    3rd The wet washing just means who cares a jot it’ll dry’
    4th wet dogs smell lovely.
    5th All that green I am feasting on especially that gorgeous frog ( and when I mean feasting I don’t mean literally lol)
    Thanks for it all
    Cherryx

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