The thoughts start up; the list of chores for the day, the not-to-forget things, the conversations I'd have if only I was brave enough, the wish-lists, the plans, the projects, the things to remember to tell the Doc when he comes home.
Then they're racing. Round and round and round...
Demanding attention. Spinning around. Making me anxious. Extinguishing all hope of more sleep.
A drowsy body snuggled into mine.
Warm breath on my shoulder.
My thoughts slow.
My body stills.
And my heart feels the peace of knowing love, knowing that all is ok.
This weekend marked our annual pilgrimage south to Birch's Bay for the sculpture trail walk.
It was a gorgeous day...too good to waste on jobs at home...and we thought it would be a great finish to the Easter school holiday week.
As usual, there were a number of sculptures scattered along a 1.5 km trail through farm and bush.
This year is the first that the Doc hasn't had to carry someone in the backpack. Yay for growing kids.
We did, however, have pockets full of jelly snakes to coax tired legs up the hills. There were also ground level ceramic arrows and rusted iron arrows on poles marking the trail which kept it super-excititng for the 3yo as he raced ahead to find the way.
Each year there are about 20 new sculptures whilst some of the ones from
previous years have been obtained and are permanently on the trail. This year I really loved the metal wildflowers, the wooden phalanges and the "found" buoys painted in rainbow hues. Lil and Jack voted for the blue berry tree, David loved the stork and Gracie wouldn't choose a favourite...she wants to go again next weekend to really make sure she is choosing the right one.
We finished off with coffee, beer, salted caramel (yum!) and huge scones
with pots of fresh raspberry jam and cream at Peppermint Bay. Other
people have told me that the Fleurty's cafe on site does a good coffee
but they were really rude to our kids a couple of years ago and I just
can't let go of the grudge.
If you're in Tassie in the next few months I highly recommend this as a short day trip.
And let me know if you're brave enough to try Fleurtys.
gorgeous and easy choc/noodle nests (with mini-eggs!)
I've always loved Easter.
As a child, I remember trips up north to our friends farm near Stanley.
We would hunt for thistles, round up cows, drink amazing iced chocolates and play endless games of 500 and scrabble. There was always a complex jigsaw on the go, the Nut to climb and mountains of delicious food.
I want my children to grow up with that same sense of it being family time, time to indulge and enjoy, time to relax and unwind, time to see old friends.
We made Emma's nests yesterday for old friends from Melbourne and we've constructed amazing Lego creations today. We've baked and cooked and tonight we had a lovely, loud dinner with family.
I'm grateful for this time to enjoy my family, to indulge our love of chocolate and to keep making those special memories.
However and whatever you celebrate at this time may it be joyful.
(linking with Maxabella for all kinds of gratefuls)