Although there’s still nearly a fortnight left, this month has felt good. The world’s felt a little lighter, the weather’s been perfect (chilly nights and just warm enough days) and there’s been lots to look forward to. This is what’s been making me smile in May…
The return of face-to-face catch ups
The isolation restrictions surrounding COVID-19 have started to ease in Australia and we’ve been allowed to resume small social gatherings. It’s been so lovely to see family and friends once more and these get-togethers have made me appreciate the simple of joy of ‘catching up’ and spending time with those you care about. There’s been a sense of celebration about these face-to-face meetings, so with that has been some special treats to share: sticky ginger cake, platters of pickles and locally made cheese, and free range pork roasted alongside crispy potatoes.
The bottlebrush (Callistemon) bushes in our front yard have erupted into a sea of bright red flowers. Bottlebrushes usally flower in spring and summer, but recent conditions must of just been right to enable another show of blooms. Being a native plant, the flowers also bring with them birds and bees and I quite enjoy watching our bushes throughout the day to see what’s feeding. While the flowers looks spectacular, they unfortunately don’t last particularly well once picked, dropping their fine stamens within hours. I think these bushes look their best in the late afternoon when the sun, low in the sky, casts a golden glow over them so the flowers look like flames waving in the breeze.
A sleeping baby
Teething has not been kind to baby Paul these last few months. So many times Adam and I have been convinced he’s about to break a tooth, but his gummy little smile still remains. It’s resulted in a very disrupted sleep pattern, with the need for lots of cuddles and comfort feeds overnight. It feels like everything has settled down in the last few weeks though, and he’s starting to have much longer stretches of sleep again. That makes the entire house much happier. Sleeping babies are truly one of the sweetest sights to behold and I love sneaking into Paul’s room to watch him, breathing steady, face content.
What’s been making you smile this month?
Have a wonderful week.