The day is ending and night is closing in.
Floods have swollen the rivers, causing aquifers to burst out across the land.
Everywhere is sodden.
I put on my wellies to walk the gardens, eager to see the mighty force of water sweeping through the pond.
I step in squelching earth underfoot as the last blackbirds sing out their territorial salute to the day as it passes into the west.
With the pond weed all but cleared, the last vestiges of a winter’s day linger on the surface of the water.
Droplets of rain cling to twigs and ivy in the still of the evening air.
Lichens, sodden with rain, flop across the horizontal branches of the Goat Willow.
The otherworldliness of the Fairy Wood beckons as the birdsong ends and silence descends.
I make haste up the gentle hill towards the cottage and the warmth of home.
Once indoors, I sit for a few precious minutes in the fading light, blissfully soaking up the silence.
Day, evening and night merge seamlessly at dusk, fertile edges of the imagination.
The rain has fallen for 48 hours.
Heavy, relentless rain, that has washed down the hill behind the cottage and into the ditches, I constructed for such a deluge.
The water is carried around the ditches and into the stream bed that flows down through the Fairy Wood and on, into the ponds.
This is how it looked, as water rushed into the lower pond, about 10 minutes ago!
Visitors are coming this afternoon and more tomorrow…I hope they bring their wellies!
The Bog garden is not navigable in this weather otherwise!
All is not wet though…there’s a nice warm stove in the kitchen and the air temperature outside isn’t too cold.
In between the downpours, the sun shines, reflected by the watery scene that makes up the gardens today.
The birds are singing and the wind-chimes are melodic rather than frenetic! The hens have settled in well and have even laid a few eggs!
They don’t mind being indoors, as the roof on the hen-house is transparent and tilted to the south, admitting the sun as it shines on.
The lovely aspect to April is the sheer drama of it all…and total unpredictability!
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