Snow…

Snow…. Mmmmm!  Finally!  One of the things I have missed since living in Italy is the sight of freshly fallen snow laying a thick blanket over the earth.  I have only seen a sprinkling here in the three years I have been back and was yearning yesterday to see a winter wonderland again.  So, the power of our thoughts!  Draw the curtains this morning and lo!  Desire satisfied.  Standing outside early this morning, I listened to the silence that only snow can bring….it is as if a hush has fallen over the world, there’s nothing quite like it.  Stunningly beautiful, a little inconvenient…didn’t make it to work today!  It was thick and falling where I live and roads that just don’t melt.  An unexpected day off; some risks I’m happy to make in life, others are better not taken so I decided to stay safe, stoke up the fire and work from home instead.

The moon is shining now in a sky studded with diamonds… and have just returned from a venture outside to witness the glitter that sparkles on snow – it’s quite awe-inspiring, and to soak up a little more of that surreal silence.  My cat is not quite so keen! He has ventured out very briefly with a look of puzzlement on his face, followed by disdain as his paws sank into the snow!  Now, my Italian cats were old hat at it, they used to fly out and dive headlong into it with utter abandonment and thoroughly enjoy themselves!  No help when it came to putting snow chains on though, must admit I don’t miss that part!

So though we are fast approaching Spring Equinox, we have some full on weather to deal with, minus 5 tonight and more snow forecast for Thursday.  The birds are out there so remember to help them out as they will have trouble finding food now – proper bird food is best as bread doesn’t sustain them very well.  And outdoor animals need plenty of warm bedding and straw if they are sleeping outside in these temperatures.  Despite their thick winter coats, dogs and cats can die from the cold and it isn’t good for them to be inside cold houses either.  I read an article recently that said if you feel cold, for sure so does your pet.  So make sure they are warm when you are out.  And for us?  Well, lots of nourishing food, echinacea tincture to keep our immune system boosted, fresh ginger tea and lemon.  Thyme tea is great for colds along with loads of vitamin C and try a steam inhalation with a drop of eucalyptus to clear the airways.  If you have those achy flu symptoms, there is nothing like a hot bath with a few drops of lavender and marjoram added to bring some ease, 3 drops of each maximum.  And sometimes we just have to listen to what our body is trying to tell us and slow down a little…  Just added the first herb workshop to the calendar for this year…’Practical Magic’ at Sedgwick Park House 10th June to learn how to use nature’s goodies for our health and wellbeing.  Keep an eye on elderly neighbours too at this time of year.

Stay home and warm, and know that spring isn’t far away now….and as winter has been pretty dramatic this year, I reckon spring will be warm and glorious!!

All blessings Nalini x

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