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The Shift


It happens every year, and it's always a surprise when it arrives. Like a like a long lost friend,  it brightens up the last of these winter days.


I call this long lost friend the shift. Do you notice it? That one day when the morning light suddenly shifts, and we sit and eat breakfast in a kitchen filled with golden sunlight, instead of midwinter darkness.  The shift, it wasn't here yesterday, and it doesn't hang around for long, just when you start getting used to it, the sun changes course and it moves to another part of the house.  It's like that.




Outside, the air feels ever so slightly warmer and the faintest scent of blossom fills the air.  For the first time all winter the lawn suddenly needs mowing. And we no longer panic if the wood stove goes out. Daytime sees windows flung open, and the blankets washed and dried outside in the sunshine.

I used to get panicky when the shift arrived, because it's a sign that I need to get moving, just like nature around me. The house needs a spring clean, the summer seeds need sowing, and those pruning jobs I've put off all winter need to be done. Now, now, now! Keep up with the daffodils!

But this year, life's too busy, with work, and school and weekend sports.  Instead, I'm going to forget the to do list and admire the shifting light in the mornings, and sit and watch the steam swirl from my milky coffee into the sunbeams. Then I'll dream about a future of sunshine, tomato plants, cherries and plums, smokey bbqs, lingering drinks outside in the evening air, stringing up the fairy lights and dragging out the Adirondacks.

Welcome back old friend, the shift.

12 comments:

  1. This year I can feel the shift in myself. I'm fed up with every aspect of Winter & that is HIGHLY unusual for me. I am daydreaming about seed sowing, mulching, toddlers running naked around the backyard & a husband arriving home while the sun is still in the sky. Never have I craved Spring so much.

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    1. There are lots of things to look forward too. I still feel a little sad for winter's passing, but I am looking forward to spring a little more than usual too. x

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  2. Just perfect! Yes indeed, I felt the shift on the weekend and lapped up all the sunshine and planting and flowers and gloriousness of Spring. Of course today it's cold and grey, but hey there's always tomorrow. Thank you for reminding me to go slowly in the shift, it's so easy to get caught up to get every seed sown and corner dusted. Have a beautiful week. xx

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  3. Yes indeed! We have the shift here in south east Queensland and I am starting to feel it. The air is getting humid, the mozzies are coming out and attacking me as I hang the washing on the line, our east facing house is filling with morning sun and the house heats up quickly. However, I am filled with a kind of anxiety about the arrival of the warm weather. I know what's ahead and start to panic. I loathe our summers. Spring and Autumn - perfect! Tassie summer's would be glorious I'm sure.

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    1. Eek mozzie's already?! We're lucky that summers are pretty mild here on the whole!

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  4. I felt the shift too... spring is coming! :)

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  5. Oh the shift is here too Michelle. Right now it is manageable...but give it a month or three and we are back to snakes, dust and ridiculous heat. I am holding onto the last moments of winter, hoping that the crisp mornings and time spent by the fire will last just a little longer x

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  6. Oh yes, I'm feeling the shift just over the last few days! Still the fresh crisp mornings, but beautiful sun-filled afternoons, the feeling of spring in the air, flowers starting to pop up everywhere, and the sound of kookaburras :) we (our family of 5) are living in a caravan at the moment while we build a little farmhouse, so we are are really experiencing the elements and the changes, and living simply amongst it all. Thank you for your beautiful descriptions Michelle xx

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  7. It's here alright! The older I get the more I realise it's probably the change of seasons I like the most as opposed to the actual seasons proper. I think it's all about the optimism and hope and the nice thoughts of what's to come, whether it's spring, summer, autumn or winter.

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  8. I feel a shift too....to cool evenings, chilly mornings and to reds and golds and browns. The time between seasons is my favorite, I love the hope of a new beginning.

    I want to string up fairy lights too! :) Your new blog is lovely. ♥

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    1. Lovely thoughts Sarah, and thank you for your kind words! xx

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