Late winter

Flowering almond

Flowering almond

It's my first year of no school holidays to regulate my life. It actually feels quite strange after  21 years of measuring time in terms and holidays. Instead the actual seasons begin to take precedence as well as family markers like birthdays and anniversaries and things like children heading off on overseas are adventures. Louis and his partner have headed off to the UK and Europe for PhD research and holidays. I'm so excited for them, I know they will have a wonderful time.

Walnut tree

Walnut tree

As for me, I am constantly feeling like I am starting on a new adventure, I guess it the empty nest adventure but we are not quite there yet. I am enjoying every minute that I can having my girl home with me this year before she heads off to uni next year. 

I am trying very much to live in the day, to appreciate every little thing as something special. I am especially loving the evenings, the dusk , outdoors. The smell of it, the colours of it, the slight spookiness of it as it becomes the night, the feel of the night air on my skin. I love looking out into the night, something that always used to frighten me a little or a lot depending on my imagination. I wonder, is this the start of being a crone, a wise woman.

I hope so

 

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