Monday is my day off work. I love having Mondays off. Monday is my day to catch up with chores: housework, errands that need running, general admin, and of course, gardening. I like to do them in that order, because gardening is my reward for the boring stuff.
I was just lugging the hoover upstairs when I noticed there was a strange light. Through the window I spied this:
Hang the housework, I had to get out there!
I grabbed my camera and took off. We have this little bridge to cross into the fields, and I saw just a tantalising glimpse of what I might see. Oh, how I love those tones of tangerine and lilac!
Once across the bridge and over the stile, this is what I saw:
The clouds that had broken away and were drifting off had taken a little pink glow with them.
There was this amazing sweep of cloud, burnished with gold. It is as if there is a furnace beneath. Which, I suppose, there is.
It was like looking at waves upon the sea, but upside down.
I always love to admire the silhouettes of trees.
There was a smudge, as if someone had accidentally rubbed their elbow across it.
If I looked to the south, the colours were more mellow.
Having had a little pop of wonder, I could return to housework.
After this, I had an incredibly productive day. I dusted, hoovered and cleaned the bathrooms, made a veggie shepherd’s pie, carted twelve barrowloads of manure to my raised beds, pruned all the roses, and wrote two blog posts.
It was as if I had been fired up by the sunrise furnace and that joy was suffused into all my jobs for the day.
So maybe, sometimes, we should put joy before jobs. Never turn your back on a little pop of wonder.
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