Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well.
~ Judith Hanson Lasater
The most delightful thing happened this morning. Let me tell you about it.
Here at the Treehouse our bedroom is on the top level of the house, so getting ready to go downstairs in the morning feels like something purposeful and significant – it’s the moment when I go from me time to ‘work’ time.
I’ve been getting up earlier this month to accommodate meditation, then writing time for Nanowrimo (I’m at 30 391 new words – thanks for asking!) before I start my day of clients, or meetings, or packing Christmas goodies for my members or Etsy orders.
So, I was all ready to go downstairs a little after 4am when there was a light thud on the roof in front of my room, followed by two more thuds. It was a family of Kookaburras who had come to have a bath and a drink from the gutter at the end of the roof. They were gorgeous, so I sat back down on the bed for a moment to watch them.
After they flew off into a nearby tree I stood up, ready to go do some writing, when another group of birds came in. There were eleven of them, then fifteen, then nineteen. I got out my binoculars, and my bird books. Starlings. They are an introduced bird, so it took me a little longer to work out who they were.
Finally, as I was putting away my binoculars another old friend came to have a drink and a splash. A Willy Wagtail.
The early morning forest was alive with butterflies and dragonflies, and I also saw a Catbird, two King Parrots, a pair of Blue-faced Honeyeaters, a squadron of Topknot Pigeons and a White Heron.
As you can imagine, I didn’t get down to my desk until 5.30. Enough time to write this blog, but I’ll be late starting my other projects today and that is fine by me!
Later, I’ll take some guidance from my feathered friends and take myself down to the beach for an afternoon walk and a swim, because everyone needs a little time out.
Love, hugs and birdsong, Nicole xx