Each morning this week has greeted us with its foggy misty skies. It also just happened to be the week I promised Ess that she could ride her bike to school. Usually she walks by my side as I stroll little Eee - I have no desire to push both a bicycle and a stroller home. "But I can leave my bike at school", Ess pleaded. "Yes you can darling. However that means that you will have to ride it up the big hill on the way home. I won't be able to help push you," I replied.
So she practiced when Pa was here to help push her. She did very well so now she rides alone - for the most part. She has enjoyed making the discovery that the easiest, most fun part of the ride on the way to school becomes the most difficult, challenging part of the journey on the way home. I am proud to say she has met the challenge and faced it head on. Not without remembering the story of my childhood The Little Engine That Could and uttering that famous refrain "I think I can! I think I can!"
Most days this week the fog has turned to delightful rain by the time it is time for me to return home. With a smile on my face and raincoats adorned I head home, often greeted by friends offering me a lift. I decline. It is my choice to walk, to risk the weather. I love being out in the weather and experiencing all it has to offer. It connects me with my day and what is going on around me. It heightens my senses and renews my energy and vigour.
Today however the sun peaked through the clouds, the skies cleared allowing us to view the delightful dance of the dewy raindrops on bare twigs, gumnuts and daffodils.
We are certain that once the fairies have had a sweet drink from their gumnut cups...
they have sought refuge from the rain inside each dewdrop...
waiting for more sunshine and preparing to dance again.
My favourite tree on our journey, a silver birch I believe, lit up this morning with delicate fairy lights, dewdrops disguised, as the dancing fairies made their way to morning tea.
(look closely and click on the pics to enlarge them to see the drops and the reason I need a new camera :) )
Now, just for the record, July 2009 has been the wettest month in Adelaide in four years. I celebrate. I have enjoyed the rain, the sunshine has been appreciated all the more for it and I love rainy days! We have had over 100mm...not bad!
Thankyou all for your kind birthday wishes for my day. It was most enjoyable...fog and all.