Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Learning From The Trees.


We had a lovely week off school, and even though for a lot of it the clouds sat low over the mountains, a mizzling rain pressing up against the windows, keeping us mostly indoors, we really didn't mind at all. We had lots of pyjama days, with plenty of baking and cooking going on, and just as cabin fever began to set in, the days began with blue skies and there was that little whisper of spring in the air.



There, in the stretch of light in the morning sky, or stirred into the tenacious sting of the winter wind, a hint of warmth that was not there before, just a momentary tenderness against our skin, and all of a sudden there is a new softness, a slackening off, in the physical tension of winter, and our bodies somehow fathom, in some deep place, that instinct of the trees to begin to let go of that green they have held onto during the dark months, to allow it to begin to unfurl.




Our hunt for a new home continues apace.
We have all been dreaming strange, house-related dreams. Uncomfortable, insecure kind of dreams that leave us unsettled. We have never undertaken anything like this before, as a family, and while it really is unsettling, I think it may be no bad thing. Sometimes we need to shake things up, to force ourselves out of our comfort zone, in order to unfurl and reach for the sky and warm air, in order to grow.





And so, we wait patiently for Something Wonderful to come our way, and I am grateful for the time of year, for that sense of the rising sap, and I know that, like the trees, if we trust our instincts, we will know just what to do when the time comes.



11 comments:

Gigi Thibodeau said...

I love the way you are approaching this move--with such trust in the process. Thinking of you often as you make this monumental change in your lives. And, oh, what gorgeous photos, my friend! xoxo Gigi

affectioknit said...

Beautiful!

~Have a lovely day!

Aden Meyler said...

You and your big move have been on my mind very much so. Like Gigi, I am amazed at how much you've embraced this process. But I think you are so right to. I know the shake-up will only land you in another spectacular sphere.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

We've had a few of those 'fine soft days' with the warmth creeping in. I was out in the garden the other day marvelling at all the new growth braving it's way out into the open. But I still have many wooly days in the studio to hold me until it's truly spring again! Such joyful pictures!! Keep on keepin' on, you'll find that little house!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Isn't it funny that in the midst of the cold, we can feel Spring? xo, p

gz said...

Nature gives us these brief times of Spring in Winter to keep us going.

Lori said...

You will find your place. Wishing you much contentment.

Rima Staines said...

Dear Ciara, it is always unsettling at a very deep level pulling up roots. But I've a feeling this is going to be a good year, and I wish you all much joy in the adventure and the creativity of imagining yourselves into new rooms and new walks and new views.
With love and spring wishes
Rima

Willow said...

Oft when we push past our resistance, great treasures are found. Continue being grateful, and all will be well.

ramona said...

That first picture and your writing, ...beautiful.

How exciting to see what home is pulling you towards its doors.

Best wishes dear one.

Mimi said...

You will indeed know what to do when the time comes. What's right for us comes without the huge effort of trying to push it through.
Love that last photo, it has such promise of new adventure written in that sky!