Something happened to a member of my family today that put into very sharp focus just how delicate and precarious our interwoven lives are. Someone whom I love very much was involved in a head on car collision. Fortunately, and but for the grace of God, no one was seriously hurt, but enough damage was done to make everyone think. Think, ‘what if’. If the worst case scenario had happened today my life would have been shattered into a thousand pieces, not to mention that of the rest of my family and yet it started as just a normal day, with it’s normal frustrations and daily routine that we all think nothing of. We take so much of our lives for granted that it’s difficult to imagine what life would be like if something tragic happened but maybe every once in a while we should think ‘what if’. Maybe it would make us take things a bit slower, maybe it would make us tell each other that we love each other a bit more often and maybe we would be a lot more thankful for what we have and the people in our lives who make it so rich. For fear of sounding like an American sitcom with a moral tale to tell, like the Crosby Show, or other such tosh I am just very happy that my friends and family are all safe and well, albeit a little shaken and bruised in one instance.
For a slightly different reason, my husband is a little shaken and bruised this evening but more in the holistic, hangovery way . He and some of his eldest and dearest friends went over to Ireland at the weekend to watch the French narrowly defeat the Irish in the 6 Nations Rugby after which the boys felt the need to drink Dublin dry until half three in the morning!
The farm continues to march forward into Spring. We had a huge amount of rainfall on Sunday and as a result everything is feeling a little boggy but when the sun shines you can feel it’s promise of Spring warmth. It’s time for a massive Spring Clean around the farm – I have no idea how we manage to attract so much rubbish yet it seems that piles of ‘stuff’ appear out of nowhere. However, it is my personal challenge to make the farm look beautiful this year, even with the builders around – with great planting and lots of recycling I am sure we can whip this place into shape.
So, that’s it for this Valentines Day. My husband has spent the last 10 years protesting about the fact that he doesn’t believe in such nonsense and he’d done it so well that this year it hadn’t even registered with me that it was Valentines … until he turned up back from Dublin with a bottle of champagne and a beautiful card! Feel really guilty now that I didn’t get him anything at all!!