2010年11月19日金曜日

seeing the beauty

Crazy morning this morning. K left for a business trip as the girls were getting up, Meg had to leave 40 minutes later and Amy and I were out of the house 50 minutes after that. And in between there was brekky to be had and hair to be brushed and bento to be packed and chooks to be fed and windscreens to be de-iced and laundry to be hung and so on and so on.

Just as Amy was getting her shoes on and I was checking everything was closed and turned off and all that there was a huge gushing water sound- really torrential- and I raced around all the places I'd just been checking all the taps. Nothing. Amy opened the door and walah- the garden tap was going full bore. I don't really understand the mechanisation but it has an anti-freeze valve as well as the regular tap. During summer we don't worry about it but in the freezing months we have to turn them both on and off- fully on and fully off. Seems the anti-freeze valve wasn't turned off and the temperatures were low enough that it started gushing.

Very very lucky that it didn't happen two minutes later or who knows how much water would have been wasted before one of the neighbours noticed!

Anyway, among all this rushing and flapping I noticed the surface of the water bucket:




And Amy jumped around the lawn singing about warm mittens while I just stood there and looked at how pretty it was. And then she played on the swing while I went and got my camera.

Because I think it is a privilege to have the faculties and the time to be able to appreciate the beauty that's all around us. And that's not something you should waste.

And beauty isn't just the grand and magnificent, sometimes a single leaf, laying in the sunshine on the ice that formed on your water bucket can make you stop in your tracks, forget the hustle and bustle of the every day and just smile and see- and appreciate- nature's beauty for a while.

4 件のコメント:

D. さんのコメント...

Your post and your photo made me smile after a long and hard week. Thank you :D

Gina さんのコメント...

I completely agree, especially that last paragraph. And I think what you captured in your photo was beautiful. Like you said beauty is all around us if we stop to look. Have a good weekend over there. : )

Crafty Tokyo Mama さんのコメント...

I thought the exact same thing this morning as I stood and watched mist rising from a pond. So serene and peaceful. A pretty leaf or flower will stop me in my tracks too!

Bryn さんのコメント...

Hmmm... guess I'm still working on appreciating beauty all around. The only thing I thought when I saw that picture was "Holy crap! It's that cold up there??? Poor Heather!" But kudos to you for having the ability to see it, in the middle of all that chaos!