The warm hues and tints of Autumn are slowly, but surely stealing over the landscape. Even the sea-lochs are looking burnished. I loved doing my Summer Loving posts - looking back over the past week, as we stepped out into a new one.
I am going to continue this theme every Sunday - a kind of catch all post for things I want to remember, but don't have the time or space to blog about.
Autumn is still a very busy time for us. We have such a lot of things going on over the next few months - all of which will be shared here in more detail as we go along.
We have several sets of lovely visitors to look forward to - very exciting. There will be some new arrivals on the croft, plans for the land and buildings as well as the house and garden.
And we have our own projects too - finding space and time for creativity, for family, and for community.
I am making lists, and mind-maps - trying to pin down all these ideas and plans. Where to start? Which list to tackle first?
Ah yes! The most important thing of all. Being out there - being in the beauty of nature - just - being!
Today, at the beach, James wanted to cover his favourite rock with shells. Off we went with heads down searching for all the shells we could find, as quickly as we could - it is a big rock, you know! There are plenty of shells on this beach, and soon John and I had pockets bulging. Then I became aware of James picking up his shells, and I stopped to watch him.
Each shell was carefully looked at, and its colour,shape or some other attribute remarked upon. "Look at this beautiful pink one!" "This one is like a butterfly!" "What kind of shell is this one? Oh see -I think the creature is still inside!"
Every tiny fragment of sea-urchin shell was exclaimed over and revered.
He collected his shells carefully and full of presence, observing and appreciating the act of gathering
I suddenly became aware of my busy-ness - concerned only with quantity. It is the same with all my plans and schemes for the new season. How much can I achieve? When can I get started?
It was a lesson in pure mindfulness from a master, and one I needed to learn.
Find the joy in the gathering and again in the completion.
Whatever the colours of the season, where you are - whatever plans you may have for the next few months -
I hope you find moments of presence in there too.