Sunday, 21 September 2014

Back in time

"Arrange your days so that you experience total contentment, Joy and confidence in your every day life with God"

Dallas Willard

I love my life although to some it appears hurried I personally feel I have plenty of free time which is down to the fact I am fortunate to work part time. A blessing I feel was bestowed on me after a few separate periods of distress in my life. Any time of suffering though brings great experience which can be used positively and can also be used to benefit others. God does not promise us an easy life but his strength to get us through.
Lunch at Josie's a few miles from the cottage.

I enjoy having an open house when you don't know who will call or how many will be calling. I love to craft with others and learn from their experIence as much as sharing my own skills but it's nice to go back in time away from everyone else, phone calls and internet.

Time in this stone cottage amongst the mountains and view of the sea and lakes is bliss. Every moment of time has it's purpose. Today we started with heavy rain so I lay and listened to the downpour. We had a simple lunch at Josie's overlooking Glanmore lake. Mediterranean chicken salad a choice that was perfect. I do hate city food piled on yor plate and leaving you feeling exhausted from the eating.

The stillness of the lake with the reflection of the mountain and trees making it look like glass. A feeling of peace and contentment that the rest of the world could not bring. Wandering across our mountain collecting sticks for the fire, not that we need heat but the comforting glow in the evening. The only thing I would need to encourage me to stay here forever would be my stove but happy to make do with the locals home cooking for this short stay.

A close knit community where everyone is laid back but appear the minute you ring the door bell to open up shop so you can purchase your basics. The electric flickers on and off but other than the occasional need to charge the iPad there is no real need as the gas is reliable for cooking and plenty of fuel lying around the mountain between twigs, logs and turf stacked in the store for the fire.

The thunder has just blasted outside and Smudge has insisted on going outside to bark back at it with no fear at all. She seems to be in her element here and although she hasn't the snauzers(lol no internet to check spelling!!)next door to bark at she runs onto the lawn to bark and let the 3 nearby sheep dogs know she is there.

I have just finished reading Annie Moore's adventures. She was the first immigrant to arrive on Ellis Island after leaving Queenstown (now Cobh) when she was only 15yrs with her family. She then, after working in service a short while in New York, travelled to Nebraska. She started her time there in a homestead with even less facilities we have in our stone cottage.

Unfortunately tomorrow it will be time to return to the 21st century but we cannot stay on the mountain forever.

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