Give up – you’re surrounded

There was nothing I could do but retreat – the house was under siege and there was nowhere to go but back inside, muttering curses.

Brazen had brought the other ewes and all the lambs; Sobranie had followed his hens to my door; the two dogs were looking optimistic, and the cats were springing through the trees like squirrels.

All but cats belong next door, but they’ve learned that my door is a temple of treats. Entirely my fault, because I give veg peelings to the sheep, bread and rotten tomatoes to the chickens, biscuits and bones to the dogs and – when they appear – carrots to the horses.

So everybody got fed, and once sheep and dogs had retired, I sat on the steps with a cup of coffee, watching the cats leap about and the chickens crop the new grass. The trees are in bud, about to burst into flower; the spring grass is coming through the winter matting and wild flowers are waking beneath the damp soil. On the mountain slopes the beech forest is pink, the new leaves still furled tight in their rosy sheaths, and silver birches are bright with golden catkins.

Life is bursting everywhere, and it’s impossible to feel lonely when everybody is so full of energy and excitement. Humans are just another species enjoying the spring.

In the city, you may have to look a little harder, but concrete and glass can’t stop wildflowers exploiting every crack in the paving, and wild birds filling the quiet streets with song.

If you’re feeling lonely, go outside, find life and celebrate Spring.


7 comments on “Give up – you’re surrounded

  1. JC says:

    Trying really really hard to celebrate Spring, but honestly this is winter & what we should have had months ago. 😦

  2. Seasonsgirl says:

    Its rainy here since later yeterday, sun is gone, and our chickens have retreated to their run. Yesterday ws nice and we went to a festival. They are predicting cold weatehr to return to our area this week. I miss the warm already.

    • Thanks for visiting & leaving a comment, Seasonsgirl – I like to hear from other chicken lovers… Yours are very beautiful and all red – I’ll post some pics of mine – not all of them got through the winter as they get eaten now and then – by foxes and neighbours *sniff* but there is a new young clutch who are golden and fluffy. Do you ever feel lonely on your farm? Doesn’t sound like it.

      • Seasonsgirl says:

        We have some good neighbors and I do work in the community. My father who is paralized also lives with us so it is not usually lonley. I would love to see your chicks when you have time to post them. I did a post recently about a fox who tried to pay us a visit, btu our dog Chase ran him off. So glad you stopped by my blog.

  3. Julia says:

    Just about to head off to cheer on a friend running the marathon. Glorious morning outside. The marathon is always has such a great community feeling about it and my friend is running for a charity supporting education and community development in Africa. The community of runners and supporters; the person running to support communities in countries 1000s of miles away: it reminds me profoundly of something you said – that we’re all connected. I’m off out now – finding life in the people of my city and celebrating spring!

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