Well, we’ve been in our new home for 3 weeks now! In some way the time has flown by and it feels like we’ve been here for much longer, and in other ways it still feels very new.
The time has flown by in a blur and at times it has felt very overwhelming. It’s a huge change living here, compared to our old life in the suburbs of Bristol. Suddenly having 8.5 acres of paddocks, woodland and vegetable and fruit areas feels rather out of our comfort zone!
- How on earth do you care for all these magnificent trees and hedges?
- How do you support Nature to do her thing while still keeping the land manageable?
- What’s the best way to care for our little orchard?
- What veg should we grow here – and where do we even start with that?!
As you’ll know, if you’ve been following my blog, we’ve been without WiFi since we moved in. On one level this is quite nice, as it allows us time to focus on other things – wow, I can now see how social media has eaten my time in the past! – but it has also meant that we don’t have a working landline in the house, our mobile connection is patchy, we have no access to emails or looking things up on the internet – and we have no TV. (Lots of DVD watching and actually having to have conversations!)
All this has left us feeling rather out of our depth. At times I’ve felt like I’m lost and can’t see my way…
One morning I was pushing a barrow full of hay up to the field for the horses. Dawn was just breaking and there was a mist hanging over the fields. I could only see clearly for a few steps ahead of me. But as I walked I realised that, as I moved forwards the path ahead of me was revealed, step by step. I couldn’t see any further ahead than a few metres, but the fact of moving forward was meaning that those few metres were also shifting with me, allowing me to see my next few steps. This felt a bit like my life at the moment. It made me think that if I could just ‘go with it’, and trust the process, choosing to be content with only seeing the next few steps and not stressing about being unable to see the whole of the path, then I would feel more at ease and less out of control.
This, and spending time with the horses surrounded by the beautiful fields and woodland here, has helped me to be more grounded and to feel more balanced and settled in this new life. I’m more able to look ahead to how I might be able to develop my practice by drawing on all the wonderful resources of this place.
In this week’s post I also wanted to introduce you to our newest addition to the family. Her formal name is Ulrike, and previously she was known as Eureka, but we’ve shortened her name to ‘Rika. As you might remember, I believe that names can be significant and I love the meanings that this beautiful girl’s name holds:
Ulrike – a German name meaning Mistress of All
Rika – a Norse name meaning Forever Strong
Rikka – a Teutonic name meaning Tranquil Leader
I had been hoping that this mare would be a leader for our ‘teenager’ gelding. That hasn’t quite worked out as planned as he tends to be the one who bosses her around, but I think that her steadfast, gentle presence will still be a wonderful asset.
Next week I’ll share a little more about how things are going with her but for now I need to sign off as I need to get home before dark to feed these two!