"Make daisy chains ... "
There is little point starting from the why, because starting from the why means that you might need to justify the choice. And the choice? The choice doesn't need justification because it belongs to me and my partner Nigel. It is our choice, plan and dream.
So , I was unprepared for the why when it came from friends, acquaintances and colleagues in Melbourne. I guess when you dream something it's easy to get so caught up in it, that when it begins to fall into place, you realise that you didn't necessarily bring everyone along the journey with you. But that's okay, because then there were those who didn't ask why, but who said something like, " Brilliant!", " At last!" or "It's about bloody time!" And the ones who, when we got here, said "welcome home".
Those are the keepers. They are the flowers who bring the bees and goodness into your life and help you to flourish. The flowers you pick and weave into your daisy chain and wear close to your heart.
We arrived 8 weeks ago and we are slowly (if not tentatively) setting down our roots. Moving is stressful, but this is such a good move, for both of us. A chance to make a home, challenge ourselves, to reconnect with the earth and our passion for growing and making things.
Unfortunately our big shift was soured by some noxious, corporate weeds who threatened to latch onto me and strangle my dream. They seem to have been unable to take hold. They tried to poison the trust, support, confidence and positivity in my life but failed. This is because they have nothing to latch onto that will help them to thrive. Honesty, goodwill, trust and support are proving to be great weed killers! However, this invasion has left me jarred. I feel more vulnerable than brave. I would have liked a little more brave in reserve to tackle the changes we are facing. A little more brave might help me to step out into our new environment with both arms open. Instead, I am inclined to draw close the ones I love and dig in, and withdraw deeper into myself. And maybe that's what I need right now to recover. Still, I am grateful for the space I am now living in and the opportunity to grow here. This region is filled with brilliant producers, a keen sense of community and inspiring individuals. The brave will come back! I can feel it hiding just under the surface, protected and wary for now, but it is still there.
So, we begin to settle...
The veggie bed is dug. The soil is wet, full of worms and compost and there are new shoots sprouting.
We've brewed three batches of marmalade and cordial from thriving, citrus trees.
A friend has visited from Perth, while doing business in Albury. A surprise treat, reminding us of the importance of that chain.
We have been welcomed by many, beautiful birds and I am rekindling my relationship with my camera.
The earth is still squelchy underfoot, but the mulberry tree is sprouting new leaves and the plum and nectarine trees are starting to blossom.
We've found some new daisies, (or they have found us).
...So what are we going to do?...
The possibilities are only limited by our imaginations and my current lack of brave. For now...we will keep making daisy chains! :)
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many roads... ...on the journey words follow me, push me forward, and sometimes, overtake me.