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.