“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.”
~ Ransom Riggs
This morning I woke in my own bed.
Outside my window the birds sang. Dawn crept golden into the soft grey sky. Our dogs were pressed up against us, both of them awake and staring quietly at Ben and I as if they couldn’t quite believe we were real.
Is there anything more delicious than to be home after travelling and to see everything around you as if for the first time?
I meditated in my favourite spot, outside on the veranda beside Ganesha. After which I made a mug of tea and strolled through my early-morning garden; re-acquainting myself with everything, breathing in the cool fresh air, filling my ears with birdsong and the shrill of the cicadas, getting the feel of the place in my bones, grounding myself in home.
Today is a day of household chores and farm chores. Of settling back in. Of finding our rhythm again.
It feels as if we have been away forever, so I guess that means it has been a good break. Still, I’m grateful to be home again. I’m brim full of ideas and enthusiasm, and I’m ready for the year ahead. Can’t wait to share it with you!
Biggest love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xoxo
“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
~ William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents
Yesterday was the beginning of a long round of medical appointments for me.
After a discouraging doctor’s visit filled with news I would have preferred not to hear, my darling husband took me to Yum Cha – one of my favourite cheer-me-up places.
It’s also a place where no-one cares if you spill food everywhere and generally make a mess. A handy thing when you can’t see well.
But the highlight of the meal was not the food. It was the way that Ben took my hand and without saying anything was able to give me comfort and reassurance just through his touch.
After a fortifying meal and good tea, a few laughs and that deep sense of support, I was able to face the world again.
That’s what love looks like.
Ordinary wonderful magic.
How blessed I am to have someone to love me and to hold my hand through life’s ups and downs.
Wishing for you a touch of that kind of magic too! <3 Nicole xx
“You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.” ~ Author Unknown
Suddenly it’s cold again here at the farm.
Yesterday we dressed Harry in a dog coat. Last year he was so cold in winter, but there was no coat to be had. So we’re ready for the cold this winter. This new coat’s great! It’s soft on the inside, and has a waterproof covering on the outside. Perfect for keeping doggies warm, no matter what the weather. It fits snugly with a strap under his tummy and one across his chest.
And he hates it.
As soon as we put it on Harry decided that it was impossible for him to walk anymore, or to move at all. All he could do was squeak.
Eventually he managed to gingerly climb up onto the lounge, where he collapsed in a pile of misery.
Bert was exactly the same when we first put a coat on him. “I hate it! I can’t walk! I’m a prisoner in a straight jacket!”
But now, Bert loves his coat. Perfect for snuggling in when the weather is chilly. When we put Bert’s coat on yesterday he grinned happily and then leapt up onto the bed to Harry’s usual spot (poor Harry being coated and unable to walk at all, let alone leap onto a bed…) for a cosy nap.
We can all learn to adapt to change. Sometimes the things we resist turn out to be not so bad after all.