- Catherine Irwin
- Perth, WA, Australia
- Hi friends. To those I have met in person and the many I haven't - welcome to our nest. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am a mama of six baby birds and wife to one papa bird. Our nest is an intricately woven home, crafted over time, through the highs and lows of life, and many in-betweens. We are soon to leave our Australian nest to re-locate to our second home, the UK. This is our story, of our new life in a new country, the trials and tribulations, bidding goodbye to precious friends and embracing new. I know at times, our wings will be flapping so hard to keep us moving forward that we will tire, however, a little perseverence will bring effortless gliding amongst a soft breeze, and even stronger wings for the journey ahead. Welcome to our flight......
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Birds & Bees
Spring has sprung and I couldn't be more pleased.
There is a certain smell that heralds the start of warmer months. In the mornings the air outside is heavily perfumed with just-watered sweet grass, the bees are busy with their work for the day and everywhere I look there is new life. Baby buds cover bushes and shrubs and colourful flowers finally appear in gardens and parks. I wake now to the sun on my face and baby birds crying for their breakfast.
The smell of barbeque's grilling meat at night accompanied by the faint scent of citronella is totally mesmerising to me. Eating outdoors creates a magical quality and for us, opens up fun and light conversation with the kids. And talking of the kids, they love it and jump up to help prepare dinner, set up the table and pack away (although it could be the promise of ice-cream that encourages this process!). And the best thing about outdoor dining is the relaxed attitude I have. Crumbs on the table and decking, no problem, the dog will hoover them up. No washing of pans afterwards or scrubbing meat of skillets. Bliss!
I can't wait to wear some of my pretty summer dresses and flip flops and discard all of the layers I have been piling on over the past few months. My laundry becomes a bit easier too, as we all wear less clothes. Now that is something to get excited about!
It is easy to take for granted the blessing of our warmer months here in Australia. After living in the UK for a few years I realised how much climate affects quality of life, and I must say, I struggled with the grey days and seemingly endless lack of sunshine.
So when my days are full of work and endless caring for others' needs, I need to remind myself of the aspects of my life and environment that make me happy. It is often all of the little things in a day which have the greatest impact and for me it comes down to the warmth of the sun, balmy nights, good food, fun with my family and an icy cold glass of white wine.
My only problem now is my lilly-white skin, kind of anaemic looking and certainly void of the healthy sun-blushed complexion I desire. Hmm, a spray tan might be on the cards to welcome these summer months. From me to you, enjoy!