Stability in springtime

by | Nov 28, 2017 | Uncategorized | 6 comments



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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  1. Barbara

    In my neighbourhood, the “music of many leaves” celebrate a blackbird’s trill – sonnets of Spring verdance. 3 small Bantams have come to join me, grounding in their pert personalities;, inquisitiveness, reminders of the value of mischief, gentle humour, feathery beauty in dust and scratched excitement. The wonder of petite perfect eggs! And we all eat fresh out of the green garden. Bliss! Gratitude Juliet, for the reminder to be present.

    • Juliet Batten

      Barbara, what a vivid picture and soundscape you paint here. You remind me of the pleasure of bantams and the wonder of fresh eggs. Thank you for sharing these delights.

  2. Denise Poyner

    Dear Juliet.
    How wonderful to have your writing about stability. I too have been tossed about by an unexpected circumstance. What sustains me when life tosses up difficult experiences? It’s taking a while to recover.

    The blur of medical appointments that laid out very clearly the life expectancy of a relative, and the business of continuing my own life, suddenly lifted into seeing tiny red flowers on a heuchera in the garden. Seeing that gave me hope. And since then I have looked at aspects of nature to keep things grounded as well as possible; to be as present as possible.

    The tui’s song, the shapes of the clouds, different smells, contact with important loved ones while I travel the highs and lows of a loss to experience in the mid-term future. I found excitement in the gliding flight of an Australasian Harrier as it tipped the end of its wings.

    There’s nought I can do about the situation. Nature is a great healer. That, and a sense of a gathering knowledge. So that next time, it might not be quite so difficult.

    • Juliet Batten

      Denise, I’m sorry to hear about your difficult time. How wonderful that you can draw such solace from nature, and that you are so open to the natural world. Blessings to you as you navigate this challenge, and may nature continue to delight your soul.

  3. Hilary

    Hi Juliet – congratulations on your new book – you always remind us about the changes in the seasons – the world’s way of reminding us we are only a small part in the whole. Those broad beans look delicious! The cold is about to pile in here … hopefully it’ll be a short season this year … then we can plant a garden – something my mother’s cousin will want to do … cheers Hilary

    • Juliet Batten

      Thank you for the congratulations Hilary, and I hope your garden planting won’t seem too far off!


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