When you’ve been off-colour or out-of-sorts or just downright ill for a while, it can be tricky to work out when the corner has been turned and you’re heading back up the otherside. This is particularly true if you are still trundling through the day to day basics that need doing. But today I noticed a little spring in my step as I worked my way through the feeding and nurturing. I caught myself noticing all the changes that have occurred while I’ve been wrapped up in feeling poorly (and not a little sorry for myself); I even broke into song at one point (Kiwi classic Not Given Lightly by Chris Knox to be specific – not sure why) and I thought, “You know, I reckon I might be on the mend.” Hooray!
Sadly, the celebration of The Resident Engineer’s birthday occurred while I was in my still in my fug and, as far as I can determine, no one photographed the Farm Girl created heart shaped carrot cake or our celebratory Lone Star visit but, despite there being no proof, fun was still had by all – you’ll just have to take my word for it.
But on the positive side, this enforced slothing around has encouraged me to pick up a book or twelve; how did I lose that love? I’ve been working my way through the works of another Kiwi Classic, Mona Anderson, who wrote her first book about life on a South Island high country sheep farm the year I was born – a very big deal for me when I first read it, aged ten. I’ve probably read A River Rules My Life every ten or so years since then and still loved it. That’s good writing!
So, this is a quick missive to say I’m back on track and, while there’s a great many weeds to pull and the goat hooves need another trim, it’s all looking pretty good to me down here on the farm.