11 May 2016
Outside my window are fluffy white clouds and patches of blue sky, the birds are flitting backwards and forwards to our bird feeders and the trees have suddenly burst with green and blossom in the last couple of days.
Now that Spring has well and truly sprung I am thinking about activities to do outside.
Over this past week I am thankful (even more than I usually am) that we can home educate when all the school children of both Alice and Cameron's ages are undergoing tests.
In the kitchen is the beginnings of a rice salad for dinner, an empty box that needs granola making to refill it, some pinto beans cooking for tea, the breakfast washing up in the sink and on the side, pumpkin seeds soaking in a bowl, milk cooling in a pan for yogurt and a musical instrument waiting to be repaired.
It is Alice's birthday in just over two weeks and I am creating presents for her, party bags and contents.
This evening at the end of a busy day, Tuesday are usually full days, I am going to Orchestra practice, even when I am tired I find this a great way to wind down.
I am reading, planting seeds by Thich Nhat Hanh a book on practicing mindfulness with children. We visited a Buddhist monastery with a home ed group a few weeks ago and since then I have been meditating regularly with Cameron. I mentioned this to a friend and she has lend me three books written by a monk on mindfulness and meditation.
I am looking forward to our Wednesday walk to find gorse shield bugs for our nature project.
Around the house the children are drawing together at the table, books lie abandoned on chairs, the floor, tables and beds, lego bits are strewn in bedrooms a hazard for unshod feet, a pile of bits waits patiently to be moved up to the loft, two dice, two beanbags and a songbook on the living room floor the physical remains of learning with Alice and the windows are all open letting in the Spring air.
The secret to having it all is believing your already do is my favourite quote at the moment as I go through the house decluttering.
I am learning to go with the flow and not resist it.
I am wearing blue linen trousers with ribbon sewn round the bottom of the legs, my own addition, a blue linen tunic top with a pale pink flower, green leaf and stem pattern and bare feet.
As I sit and write I am listening to the quiet chatter of Alice and Cameron and the birds singing outside.
A peek into my day.