“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breathe it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
Usually I’m quiet on the blog because Lyme Disease has me laid out and I’m in no shape to write.
I’m happy to report that my absence over the past few days had nothing to do with Lyme and everything do with Mother Nature. After a hefty amount of rain I ended up flooded in, with no power and a flat battery on my phone. To add to the feeling of being a homesteader the hot water system developed an airlock, so no hot water either.
This is what my world has looked like. And the inside of our little farmhouse was equally gloomy.
A few days ago my husband packed the ute, took Harry and drove to Brisbane and then travelled on to the farm of an old friend. So Bert and I were home alone.
What to do in a cold, dark house?
We napped. And napped. And napped some more.
Meanwhile a whippy six-foot tree snake took refuge on our front veranda, out of the rain. He was long and slender, with a deep olive body and a bright yellow belly.
At the back door our large resident male carpet snake stretched out on the still-warm concrete, and settled in for the duration.
I was grateful to have a side door so that I could still slip out to our bathroom, which is in the back corner of the veranda.
Then late yesterday afternoon, a few hours before Ben was due back, the rain stopped and the snakes departed. An hour later the power came back on. Forgetting that the hot water wasn’t working I turned on the hot tap in the kitchen and it spluttered and gurgled and then burst into life.
By the time Ben and Harry got home everything was back to normal. They’d missed the entire adventure!
This morning the sky is the most exquisite blue. The sun is shining, and our world is green and lush.
The air is clear and clean. It smells so earthy and good that I want to eat it with a spoon.
The plants are growing like triffids, and flowers are everywhere.
After being cooped up for so long dogs are ready for an adventure, and I won’t be needing that garden hose any time soon.
Harry’s feeling healthy and happy and is ready for a game. So I’m keeping things short this morning.
Playtime in the sun is much more important today!