My day consisted of shells and dandelions, beach pebbles,twigs and rocks. Rocks of all shapes and sizes. I don't know how I get into those things but they always call me to them and before I realise what I am doing I am out in the garden rooting around, burying myself in whatever I can find, lost in some pointless pursuit that gives me endless pleasure.
Onions are beautiful. I slice them thinly for the prawn and tomato curry I prepare for dinner. The onions I planted thrive and soon I will be free to lift the cloak of netting that protects them and they will be allowed to grow,guided only by the fitful spurts of sun and rain that fall on this place on a daily basis.
We added a new raised bed to the vegetable garden today and in it I planted more lettuce. We can never have enough. And if we do happen to have a glut we have the neighbours who come July will welcome a gift of green. H wanted to throw some rocks around the new bed and I panicked. No more rocks, I warned and stood at the gate and refused to move until my wish was granted. He finally conceded defeat and instead went off to build yet another wall. I have come to the conclusion that men love rocks and walls, boundaries are important...
I stole around the garden until I found what I was looking for. I had the perfect companion to the garden and I knew she was lurking in one of the shrubberies, a little grey from the winter but still holding that peaceful countenance that she will never lose. I carried the Buddha down to the garden and placed her by the new bed and then rooted around for the oyster shells scattered in the bushes from a party two summers ago. I placed them at her feet and some beach stones and several dandelions, I picked in her honour. She looked incredibly sated.
Rebirth can occur when you least expect it. I touched the lady's head with my soiled hands, broken finger nails, too many to count. My leggings were covered in mud but my spirit was refreshed. I stood back and counted my blessings - they came falling on me like the down of dandelions cast into the wind.