A tui is singing, persistently from the top of the flame tree. It’s one of those bird calls that proclaims ‘all is well.’


It’s a reassuring message in this wild and changeable spring. After weeks of rain and wind, suddenly it seemed as if summer had pounced in like a tiger, bringing with it a great fur ball of humidity.

And it was off with all those extra clothes. Then the weather turned cool again.

The unexpected keeps happening, especially in spring, or at times of transition between the seasons (in the northern hemisphere as you approach winter).

At such times it’s important to have an anchor.


What gives you stability?

What do you rely on, to sustain and secure you? For me in this season, it’s two things.

The first is gardening: planting a summer garden, tucking seeds and seedlings into the receptive warming earth, and anticipating the feasts to come. And harvesting the crop from my winter planting; this year of crimson-flowering heritage broad beans, which you see in the photo above.


The second is the song of spring.

When I arrived at the bach last weekend, the first thing I noticed was the bird song. Birds are busy, making their nests and feeding their young. Just before nightfall they are singing songs of happiness.

I returned to town, and the tui has taken up the refrain, telling me that spring is a season of gladness. I am about to celebrate the launch of my new book. I am as busy as the birds and the bees.

Yet a lift of the heart as I hear the tui, tells me that I still have time to write to you with a spring message, and to wish you well through this changeable season, in whichever hemisphere you are in.

I am looking forward to creating a solstice blessing to send you in December.


Spring blessings, and may the song be with you,


When the spring comes, it again fills the tree with the music of many leaves.


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