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Try not to fuss and fret over the kids too much!

We have projects the children made all round the house still!

We have projects the children made all round the house still!

The hour may have changed but my inner clock hasn’t. I’m awake early and the day looms long.

So I start writing before anyone can grab me for attention. And I’m talking grown ups here; they can be nearly as demanding as when there were little people in the house.

What I used to do at that time was fetch a cuppa and slip back into the pre-dawn silence, before the children woke, to try and weave a few words together before my lovelies frayed them from ever having a cohesive sense.

This was often thwarted. For they had body clocks that woke desperately early despite whatever tactics we employed to alter it. It was like they had personal inner alarms for 6.30 am which transposed into 5.30 am when the clocks went back and took ages to readjust. The only consolation was that they slept soundly through the night.

Funny, then, when they become teens, there were times they didn’t see the morning at all and struggled to be out of bed by lunchtime. Of course not being in school, this was allowable, although not in the eyes of disapproving relatives who thought they should ‘fit‘ into the ‘real‘ world, (the definitions of both highly debatable), or they never would later on.

Such rubbish! They still grew into functioning working adults, who have principles and commitments to working routines many others seem to lack.

What was all the fuss and fret about, I wonder? Apart from others needing to make us all the same!

Everything always changes and whatever happens now, with children or grown-ups, never stays the same, routines and body clocks included.

So this is just a little reminder to you that if you’ve got youngsters that are challenging the core of you, hang in there and try not to worry; they won’t stay the same either!

Mad hares and swallow moments

Bluebells to look forward to

Bluebells to look forward to

I’m excited now the equinox has passed! Now that from this time on, for six months, there will be more light than dark. Despite irritating disruptions like clock changes I shall be waking in the light and there’ll still be enough light after supper to meander outside.

Outside things are changing. Mad hares have been leaping. Birds are home making. Shoots are surging and bursting open and when the extra light shines on me I feel like doing the same. There will be bluebells to look forward to and one of these coming days I might even toss my thermals off!

Thermals are required both inside and outside this house. Apart from the fact it’s old and draughty and I get damn cold sitting writing, I also try to ration the heating for both budget and planetary reasons. I want to go on enjoying this light and atmosphere and it needs preserving for those coming along behind me so they can do the same.

Winters can be challenging and I know I’m taking conscience a bit too far when it’s so cold in the house the dinner won’t defrost. But when it’s bad I light the log fire. Or hoovering is good for a warm up – the house is much cleaner in the winter! And I have jumpers that reach my knees and plenty of woolly rugs.

Now though, with longer hours of sunshine, I can utilise natural radiation and sit by a sunny window. Sun warmth penetrates deeper and faster than any heating and although I may have grown soft with modern comforts I appreciate the sun’s heat and the turning of the season more than any fire. So I do what I can to preserve it, however little a drop in the ecological ocean that may be.

It all helps.

And whatever little action you take will help too. Never think it’s not worth it.

Because all these little actions we take, added together, not only make a difference in lessening the impact you make upon the earth and its atmosphere and sunlight, are also a message in example to others. It may influence others’ actions.

Just like everyone follows a trend, like saying ‘hey’ in greeting instead of ‘hello’ for example which changes societal behaviour, we can change people’s behaviour towards the earth by our example and create new trends and habits. A good one to start with would be not to buy wet-wipes – have you seen the damage they do?

So, yea, I’m getting more than a little excited to see that added sunshine. And if any words I write here in my appreciation of it educates others enough to change one small thing they do to help preserve it, then I’ll be well chuffed.

Just as I am chuffed to see the sun rise each day, to witness the first feathered arrow dart across the sky as the summer swallows come, or see the mad hares leap about the fields in mating games.

And after writing this I will get up and leap about just as madly in order to warm up and resist putting the heating on so that the order of the natural world is disrupted a little less by pollutive habits.

May I plead with you to do the same and make one small change in your actions today, thus setting an example to your children and future generations and showing them how important is this earth?