Spring cleaning

by | Aug 30, 2012 | Uncategorized | 11 comments

 Do you ever have a day when the energy of the season sweeps right through you, carrying you with it?
Such a day happened earlier this week. The sky was clear, the day warm, the tide high and the air singing a song of change.

 I began to clean and to clear. Old musty corners were scoured out. The bed was moved into a new position. The bedside table was cleared of its clutter. Clothes were put away, windows cleaned, sills wiped. The whole impulse was towards cleansing and clearing. Even the flowers, wherever I looked, seemed pristine . . .

 Come on, show us your beautiful face. Thank you.

And look how these little magnolias open to the season, so eager and perky.

Clutter clearing releases a lot of energy. But you need to be sure that no-one is going to try and retrieve what you’ve thrown out.
Little Miss Bangles came to visit, and spotting the little pile of books that we had agreed (a while ago) must be passed on, lifted one out of the pile.
‘But you said you were finished with that one,’ I protested. (It was a little book of songs, that she had never made much sense of.)
To which she replied, sagely, ‘But I might like it now because big people, they’ve got different ways.’

And so she does. Now that she’s four, she is fascinated by the fact that musical notation can be ‘read’ and sung.
Renewal and growth are part of the season as well. 
May you enjoy the tides of renewal, wherever you are.


  1. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Juliet – beautiful post and I love her name Little Miss Bangles … her words sound like she’s inherited the spirit of her Grandma!!

    Those photos are wonderful and yes – that idea of Spring Cleaning is a great one .. thankfully it’s 6 months away here!! I have time to finish other things first … and then by Spring … I should be clean …

    Cheers – great post – Hilary

  2. juliet

    Sounds like you are in that autumn phase of tidying up loose ends, with regards to your mother’s life. Wish you well with it all Hilary. Little Miss Bangles was a spontaneous name that came from one comment about how she always wears lots of bangles. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Hotly Spiced

    Sounds like you are doing some early Spring cleaning. I find that the coming of Spring gives me great energy too. Love the magnolias – such a beautiful flower xx

  4. lifeonthecutoff

    You’ve provided me with impetus I need to do some much need Fall cleaning here, Juliet. What a lovely post and reminder to embrace the changing seasons. Thank you.

  5. juliet

    * Charlie, enjoy your spring energy. The magnolias are beautiful, and they smell so sweet too.

    * Penny, some Fall cleaning – sounds good! Enjoy yourself and the energy that gets released from it.

    Thank you both for your comments, much appreciated!

  6. siananigan

    I love your words, your blog really refreshes me and inspires me to be out in nature more often. Thank you!

  7. juliet

    Thank you Sian, good to see you here. This is certainly the time of year for getting out in nature more. I hope people visit your delightful blog too.

  8. cecilia

    I love Miss Bangles! c

  9. juliet

    Thanks Cecilia, nice to see you. She is an endless delight.

  10. Lynley

    Ahh the wisdom of four year olds!

    Their young brains are wired to learn and music unlocks so many pathways in brains around learning.

    I can forsee Miss Bangles and her grandmother singing with great gusto from this newly found treasure. Even if the notes sung don’t always marry up to what is in the book.

    Singing in springtime sure perks up the energy!

  11. juliet

    Hi Lynley, it’s amazing what these little ones come up with, isn’t it? Yes, we are singing away (not necessarily what is written, you are so right) Thank you.


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