Thursday 22 August 2013

For today, all is well

Could only manage four jars of meat into the canner today. Was supposed to do more, but ran out of spunk big time, so we diverted away from farm work by spending the afternoon with some good friends, me to do female chat, Lester to do man talk. We both needed the break, just for a while.  To drive through the wonderful French countryside, to remind ourselves of what a privilege it is to be living here, to enjoy returning to the farm, seeing our animals in the field, this was sufficient to give us the boost of energy we needed. 

We are in the middle of a cross-roads time. Lester's work with the UK looks like finishing, so our income is going to be not a lot. Keeping faith and trust in the Universe, that is what we are doing. Keeping fingers crossed as well. And toes. And anything else which can be crossed. 

Last night we sat outside for the first time in weeks. Watched the day go to sleep. Watched the stars starting to wake up. Watched the bats hither and thither. Watched the chickens go to roost in the tree. Watched the geese take themselves off to their hut. Heard the sheep having a chat. Heard the pigs have a bit of a bargy. Heard Lissie snuffle. Heard Bonny have a drink. Heard the male goat complaining that he did not like being on his own in the Middle Barn. The goat girls we did not hear. Was able to sit outside because the midges and gnats were doing something  somewhere else, which had nothing to do with us. And there, last in, one of the bees. 

I have an inheritance. We have enough for the moment. For today, all is well. 



John Going Gently said...

Oh Vera
We could be twins
The sounds at the end of the day
To me
Are the best
The best time

rusty duck said...

It is good to have a break, once in a while. It clears the head and helps you to think things through. You've come this far, you will find a way.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

i'm not sure what a bargy is but i think i'd like one too. good on you for taking a rest. sometimes you have to force yourself to put your feet up ....but its good to remember to enjoy the whole of it and not get lost in the work. you are doing a great job!

Niall & Antoinette said...

Will keep our fingers crossed for you too.

BTW well impressed by your sausage making :-)

Vera said...

John, so well put.

Jessica, thanks.

Ohiofarmgirl, you are right. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the work and forget momentarily the joys and benefits of living this type of life. Hope you are enjoying the canning of all your potatoes!

Niall and Antoinette, thank you.

Diane said...

More toes and fingers crossed for you here as well. Hope things get sorted out. I have to say we are very glad to see our British pension come in now every month. May not be huge but we can live off of it with care.

Love your description of the evening noises sitting outside. Town people do not know what they are missing.

Have a good weekend. Diane

Rosaria Williams said...

Ah, life at the farm appreciated amid hard work and sounds of life all around...

Vera said...

Diane, my UK pension also gives us a bit of a float, so thank goodness we have it!

Rosaria, stopping, listening, and looking, are what keep me going!

Jean said...

A lot of the best things in life don't cost much, or are just there to be enjoyed for free.
I hope something turns up and that you manage to be comfortable.

Kev Alviti said...

What work does he do if you dont mind me asking?
We always have the worry of work drying up but so far I've been lucky. I hope something comes along, I find it normally does! I think you don't need much money to be happy really.

Vera said...

Jean, you are right, the best things in life are the ones which cost hardly anything at all.

Ken, Lester is a computer programmer, and works online with an office in the UK. It was where he worked before we came here five years ago, and has served us well in regards to funding the renovations. As you say, though, something will turn up, of that I am sure.