What a strange world we’re living in, at the moment. Enforced requirements to stay home, unless we absolutely have to go out.
It was never more than now, that I have been so very grateful for having a garden to spend time in, knowing we don’t have to go outside our own gates. The smell of freshly cut lawn, thanks to my husband, the sound of the wind chimes as the breeze blows, the call of currawongs in our gum trees, and the sound of our chickens clucking, announcing a new egg has been laid.
I know there are many who just don’t have the above and what might seem like luxuries right now. While it can be unsettling to live here during the height of bush-fire season (which is really just a few weeks), the rest of the year is, well, wonderful, especially right now. I was out collecting the washing off the line this morning, listening to all these sounds, and smelling the cut lawn and flowers nearby, and thinking if I have to be stuck anywhere, this is where I would choose, always.
If you don’t have the good fortune of owning a garden, then maybe you might have a verandah or balcony, and I urge you, when you can, to put some plants in pots so you can enjoy them. Look around to see what’s currently in season and get some of those. It will invite bees, hoverflies, butterflies and maybe even birds, to your small garden and it will lift your spirits – especially if you can sit out there with them. It adds colour, smell and possibly sound too. And the sense of nature around you can be quite calming.
For those of you who do have gardens – get out there and enjoy them, the fresh air, the ability to walk around and enjoy the sights. Look for insects, birds, and other creatures that reside in your garden. If you have children go on a scavenger hunt for a list of things that will get them enjoying being outside. Make the most of your time being home and enjoy what surrounds you. You’ll be glad you did.