The oven is very hot as the stove has been kept topped up with wood, so I have slid a tray of vegetables onto the top shelf to roast…always a healthy, tasty meal. What remains will be blended into a soup, with stock and red lentils…tomorrows lunch! I visited the library in town today and borrowed books and DVDs, always good value, as the yearly membership of less than ten euros covers all loans, unlimited throughout the year. Tonight will be a cosy time watching Pride and Prejudice, (The BBC version) on DVD in the lodge, wood-burning stove hot and kettle boiling for tea atop! It will be cosy enough to enjoy the thought of snow all around the cottage. It is a dreadful thing to be cold. If I relied on Electric, Gas or Oil, I would be huddled in blankets for sure, as all are prohibitively expensive. The advantage of the wood stove is that I can even burn old pallet wood in it and be assured of heat. The skips in cities are filled with waste wood and many people are cold…this is nonsensical! Earlier today, as the sun shone into the cottage, Jack spread himself across the floor, enjoying the day that was. It was lovely to watch him lapping up the Spring sunshine. There has been a small lapse back into winter, but Spring is here!
The hedge being the perfect spot to hang a woolly blanket that would stretch asunder on a clothes line, or shrivel to dolly size in a drier…not that I have a drier or want to have a drier!
I agree with Dr Helen Caldicott, in drying clothes in the air and saving the planet from an excessive use of electricity! We need to lessen our daily impact on Mother earth in whatever way we can.
And it’s not just any woolly blanket…it has a pumpkin colour to it…yes, you’ve guessed right, for it belongs to the Pumpkin Mouser, AKA Missy!
Sad to add that she is a sick little peach and is not yet in recovery…we soldier on!
The trees are beginning to look more mature, since they’ve had a haircut…more a crowning really, as I’ve cut off the lowest branches and thinned out the crowns a little!
I love my trees!
I have a totally, crazy love for my trees…they are like children, for I talk to them and often times hear their response, in the most sublime ways.
It’s hard to explain, but, I imagine, that as you have chosen to follow this blog, then you understand perfectly!
Well, for most of the past fortnight, Missy has been quite unwell.
For some of the time it can be depressing, but then I am mindful of Che-Mousey and Sammy-Bear, as well as Jack, so have to force myself to be a pragmatist…something we women are really quite good at!
Juggling what has to be done, with spending time with Missy, really lightens the burden of a failing animal.
This is something that faces us all, whether it be a feline loved one, a canine loved one or a human loved one…the emotional response is a mighty one!
Juggling keeps our focus wide and not tunnelled.
The work in the gardens still has to be done…no real burden there as it is a delight to be outdoors!
And then there’s balancing and that means finding time to ensure love is spread out…not forgetting to include oneself.
We must always be kind to ourselves, as this helps us be kind to others!
Living each day, with joy, is the best way we have to channel kindness…well, have you ever seen a happy person be unkind?