Do you enjoy sitting out in the garden? Today in the Peak District the warm healing rays of the sun are there for the taking, and sitting in the garden is a total delight. There is a faint whisper of a breeze which pleasantly takes the edge off the midday heat, and if it wasnt for the fact that I am well aware of Covid-19 and the limitations that go along with it, I would be none the wiser, as I sit surrounded by nature in all its glory. I am blessed beyond words to be in such a beatiful place at such a difficult time for so many. My heart is filled with gratitude but my thoughts also turn to those who are not so fortunate, and for whom life is limited to the point of despair.
Spring is definitely springing with all its might. The grey, muddy winter fields are transforming themselves into a soft, lush, green carpet with a yellow dandelion fleck. Although just a common weed they make a beautiful sight as they cover the hills, and with the vibrant yellow of the gorse I am reminded of what an amazing gift Mother Nature has for colour co-ordination. We really don’t have to do much more than look around us for inspiration when needed.
As I sit and write this post I am aware of so many beautiful sounds and yet at the same time in total contrast to one another I am surrounded by peace. I guess it is no surprise that birdsong is often used as a background to meditation as it really does have a hypnotic effect on the mind, and although there are so many different sounds all vying for attention at the same time, they somehow transform into something quite harmonious and wonderful.
With the occasional humming and buzzing of a bee as it begins its tireless work of nectar collection and pollunation, alongside the gentle burbling and trickling of a nearby stream as the water babbles over the stones below, I doubt that much housework will get done today. Thankfully I am more than happy knowing that it will still be there waiting to be done on a cooler day, and am quite content to lay down my mop and duster (I think I have one somewhere) in exchange for the joy of a day in a sun soaked garden.
I do hope that wherever you are you are staying well, and somehow coping with all that is being thrown at us at the present time. Of course life isnt totally perfect here and like so many we too have difficulties that are underlying due to the corona-virus, but for today I am focussing on the good. Whatever your circumstances are at the present time I hope you have something beautiful nearby to draw your attention away from your worries. It might just be something as simple as a new flower blooming in a window box, but even something as small as that can lift our spirits if only for a moment.
Now I really do have to steal myself away from the glorious sunshine. I had a plan this morning to cook Pappardelle pasta with Wild Garlic Pesto for our tea, but as is so often the case with me and having picked the Wild Garlic, I realized that I didnt have any pine nuts to complete the ingredients (does this ever happen to you?). With shops being a fair distance, and getting to them being limited, I am going to have to come up with something else and quick, as amidst all the wonderous sounds of the natural world I can hear a faint rummbling of tummies.
Take care and stay well
Love Alison x