That first taste of Spring!

“And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.” 
Percy Bysshe Shelley

I wandered into the garden yesterday afternoon after sitting at my desk too long.

The sky was heavy with bruise-coloured clouds and the wind had a wintery bite.

But the orchard was filled with the fragrance of citrus blossom, and the grass was soft and green underfoot. Patches of clover thronged with the buzz of happy bees.

To my surprise, the mulberry tree had put forth the first of its fruit. Most of the berries were small and green or just tinged with red but there was one plump deep purple berry in their midst. It yielded to my touch and dropped into my hand. From there it was a very short distance to my mouth.

It was sweet and filled with sunshine and happiness. It spoke to me of the promise of renewal.

Rufous managed to find a few ripe-ish berries low down on the tree too.

Last night I went to sleep to the gentle patter of rain on the tin roof. My last thought before sleep was that I hoped the mulberry’s roots drank up all that moisture to fatten its harvest of juicy berries.

Sending blessings and love your way, Nicole ❤ xx

Magical And Surprising – Spring At The Farm!

“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.” 
~  John Galsworthy

It was a beautiful day at the farm here yesterday – all sunshine and rain and greenery and discovery and cups of tea and long rangey walks out into nature.

The gardenias are blooming, scenting the air with their rich perfume, and beyond the swimming pool Mr Grunty, our big male resident koala, looked down on us from his perch amidst the gumleaves and grunted his appreciation for the goodness of life and a break in the rain.

The vegetable gardens are groaning with produce, and I harvested a basket of kale for our dinner, under the watchful eye of Randal the garden gnome, whom we will give a coat of fresh paint on Sunday in honour of the change in seasons.

The coriander has all bolted while I was visiting the city, and so have my broccolini and lettuce.

I’ll let them go to seed and in no time at all there will be new baby shoots sprouting up by themselves. Perfect.

My beetroot has gone gangbusters too. After the unseasonally dry winter it has loved the sudden rain. This will soon be juiced or roasted.

As we walked down to the river paddock I thought I saw a coil of rope hanging off the gate post. But no, it was a green tree snake, entwined in the chain that usually latches the gate to the house paddock. We left her undisturbed. She was rather large, and oh so pretty!

All in all it was a wonderfully relaxing day, that has left me recharged and rested, ready for a big weekend of writing, planning and a little work.

Sending my love to you, and my wishes that you too get some recharge time over the next few days,

Nicole  xoxo